This easy-to-follow manual presents techniques for working with groups of children who have been sexually abused. It begins with an overview of the theory and literature of group therapy with children and then offers seven sections on psycho-social skill building techniques, trust building, self esteem, identifying and expressing feelings, healing the inner child, relationships, boundary setting, and prevention skills.
Chapter 2: Therapy Groups and Support Groups: Differences, Goals, and Group Flow
Therapy Groups and Support Groups: Differences, Goals, and Group Flow
There are salient differences between therapy and support groups. The purposes of a support group are to bring children and families with similar abuse issues together so that they will no longer feel alone, to promote awareness and understanding about the impacts and dynamics of sexual abuse, to connect abused children and their families with needed resources, to strengthen self-esteem, and to foster a sense of belonging and hope during a time of crisis. The intentions of a therapy group are not only to bring individuals together for support, encouragement, and education, but also to assess, challenge, and intervene in the psychological, emotional, and behavioral symptoms ...