Group Therapy for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
A Practical Guide for Mental Health Professionals
- Available for pre-order. Item will ship after March 11, 2022
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
Lorraine McColgan works for the Irish National Counselling Service, having previously taught Counselling Skills at Trinity College, Dublin.