1st Edition

Group Therapy for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
A Practical Guide for Mental Health Professionals

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ISBN 9780367862565
March 11, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
168 Pages

USD $39.95

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Book Description

This book presents the therapist with a reflective and robust framework for group treatment that promotes an end to the shame and secrecy so frequently experienced by survivors.

Through a series of tools such as visualisations and art exercises, the practitioner is guided through the process of establishing and running a group in this modality. The synthesis of both an educational and a process-based model is imbued with a sense of warmth and a deep understanding of this client group. Themes such as self-soothing, boundaries, inner-child work, endings, and ways forward drive this therapeutic approach. Taking group work as the optimum matrix for change with this client population, this model provides a convincing rationale for the establishment of said work as best practice in the institutions that provide for their care.

Practicing therapists and mental health nurses will find this new model of therapy an instrumental resource in their approach to treatment for survivors of trauma and abuse.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  Part 1: Forming a Group  2. Assessment  3. Mixed Gender Groups  4. The Virtual Group  5. Measuring Progress  6. Note Keeping  Part 2: Therapeutic Co Working  7. Therapeutic Co Working  Part 3: Session Structure  8. Session Structure  Part 4: Session Themes  9. Introduction  10. Self Soothing  11. Boundaries  12. Trust and Intimacy  13. Self Assertion  14. The Family of Origin  15. Dealing with Tyrants  16. Anger and Rage  17. Grief and Depression  18. Loneliness  19. Shame and Disgust  20. Sexuality and Sensuality  21. Fear  22. Suicidality  23. The Myth of Forgiveness  24. The Question of Evil  25. Brokenness and Healing  26. Inner Child Work  27. Endings  28. Ways Forward  29. Closing Session

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Lorraine McColgan works for the Irish National Counselling Service, having previously taught Counselling Skills at Trinity College, Dublin.