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

New Patterns of Decision Making

New patterns of decision making

Session XII Text

Why Decision Making is so Difficult

Decision making, not unlike goal setting, can strike a note of fear in women who have been abused. You may believe that many of your past decisions have been wrong, ill-conceived, and the cause of pain, fear, and unhappiness. They may have left you too paralyzed to face even small decisions and with little faith that you will not continue repeating the same mistakes. The old need to be perfect and in total control keeps you terrified of making “wrong” decisions, and equating a decision that did not work out with total failure makes trying again highly risky.

Decision Making in a New Light

The first step in decision making ...

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