Designed for facilitators of groups for physically, emotionally and sexually abused women, this volume examines a programme that focuses on the woman herself and her power to change the course of her life. The book is based on the accumulated experience of the authors and their continuing evaluation of groups they have facilitated over the past eight years. Both material for clients and easy-to-follow scripts for group leaders are included. Educational rather than therapeutic, the programme includes sessions on family roles, boundaries, feelings and assertiveness skills. It is designed to enable abused women to: understand the problem and reality of abuse for the entire family; set realistic goals; become aware of lifelong

Boundary Setting Using Assertiveness Skills 4: Practice

Boundary setting using assertiveness skills 4: Practice

Session X Text

Practicing Assertiveness Skills

Try practicing an assertive phrase that sets a boundary with an authority figure. This can be a challenging task, but you will feel so much more in control of your life when you can do it! Review “Dealing With Authority Figures” (see Session IX) and “Assertiveness Techniques” (see Session VIII) before you begin.

Our example will concern your imaginary attorney who almost never returns your phone calls and, when he or she does, acts annoyed and as if he or she were doing you a favor. You have mentioned your concern about this to your attorney a few times, but nothing has changed. Your goals are (a) to ...

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