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 4: Group Format
Our group sessions consist of directed play through planned exercises and discussions. We use a variety of methods derived from many theory bases, including cognitive and behavioral theory, grief work, attachment theory, child development, learning theory, and object relations and other psychodynamic theories. In our experience, groups need to be directed and focused, with set goals, and yet flexible enough to allow for processing of spontaneous incidents and statements that arise during group sessions.
For both support and therapy groups to be successful, they must, on a weekly basis, provide children with (a) trust and safety, (b) predictability and consistency, and (c) skills for containing emotions. Trust and safety are created through the setting of specific guidelines or rules regarding confidentiality, how each ...