Phoenix rising : helping adolescent female survivors of child abuse through group work

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Gibbs, Brenda F
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Lethbridge, Alta. :|bUniversity of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education,|c2011
The intention of this project was to design an 8-week comprehensive psycho-educational group, including a detailed facilitator’s manual, to help female adolescents begin their recovery from traumatic history related to sexual abuse. Principles of best practice within trauma therapy were gleaned from two literature reviews as part of the project. A table of long-term goals and session objectives provides an overview of the complete group intervention process. The resultant program, called Phoenix Rising Group, depended heavily on the feminist empowerment model to foster healing and create a foundation of community. The group program was planned around core issues in stage one of recovery (Herman, 2001) such as creating safety, identifying trauma symptoms and effective coping skills, as well as exploring personal understanding of the survivor experience. A unique component to this program is the invitation for group members to share the aftermath story of abuse within the group setting. Administrative forms, session handouts, and facilitator scripts for particular interventions are provided in the Phoenix Rising manual. Strengths and limitations of the project are addressed along with recommendations for future research.
xi, 294 leaves ; 29 cm
Sexually abused girls -- Counseling of , Sexually abused girls -- Rehabilitation