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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
Learning about boundary setting and using assertiveness skills is a practical process that teaches battered women a way of communicating to help them gain control of their lives. A woman who uses assertiveness skills knows her rights and can set and enforce her boundaries. We believe that the use of assertiveness skills is a major key to the successful Pattern Changing process. Without it, we are giving battered women education, encouragement, and hope—but no concrete communication skills with which to proceed.
We have identified three assertiveness skills that we believe are essential for battered women to learn if they are to go forward successfully with the changing process: making a request, refusing a request, and dealing ...