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



First Things First


We present Pattern Changing twice a year in the fall and spring. The groups meet weekly in 2-hour sessions for 15 weeks.


Prior to the fall of 1992, we did not charge a fee for the program. In the fall of 1992, we decided that a fee would be not only appropriate but also a positive and helpful step for our clients. We now charge a $15 registration fee and a weekly fee based on a sliding scale of $1.00 to $30.00. Each client decides during her registration interview what she can afford to pay for each weekly session (see “Contract for Pattern Changing Participants” in the Appendix). No one is turned away because of inability to pay the registration or weekly ...

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