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 7: Self-Esteem Exercises
The development of a child's self-esteem is not an event, but a process. Self-esteem evolves over time and within the context of relationships. Developing healthy self-esteem is an inside job that requires outside help. To develop a strong sense of self, a child must learn that she is a valuable person who is loved, enjoyed, and respected. She must be afforded opportunities to feel and demonstrate that she is an integral part of her family and community. How well she develops this positive sense of self is strongly influenced by the main caregivers in her life.
We believe that there are five stages in the development of a healthy self-esteem: safety, attachment, affection, achievement, and socialization. All of these five stages are intricately ...