Contains 27 structured and focused therapeutic exercises designed to improve the effectiveness of your work with victimized and neglected girls in individual, group, and family therapy. Offers specific guidelines for selecting and implementing exercises focused on the specific needs of individual clients. Contains numerous case examples and therapist resources. Includes a client handbook that can be photocopied and used to reinforce the concepts and skills covered in the exercises. Skill-building exercises are presented, with full instructions, for recognizing and identifying feelings; developing assertive communication and problem-solving skills; improving peer and parental relationships; and recognizing, understanding, and dealing with sexuality, physical victimization, and sexual victimization. Flexible binding for ease in copying; 8.5" x 11" format.
Reviews "This book is must reading for anyone who wants to help children heal the wounds from the violence they have experienced. Berman has given therapists just the right combination of supportive therapy with empathy together with action exercises that address the content areas most therapists miss. It's a program that can easily be used by students as well as the most experienced clinician. No abused child should miss this experience in becoming a survivor!" -Lenore E. Walker, EdD, ABPP, Walker & Associates, Denver, Colorado
"Many therapists and counseling agencies are often searching for well-formulated and structured approaches to engage adolescent abuse victims in a meaningful treatment program. This book is an essential starting point for therapists involved in working with this population. Dr. Berman's therapeutic exercises will generate a multitude of new approaches in the treatment of girls who are abuse survivors because her ideas are so flexible and adaptable to different settings and individual, group, and family counseling." -Peter G. Jaffe, PhD, C Psych, Executive Director, London Family Court Clinic, London Ontario
"...clinicians will find the materials Dr. Berman provides to be very innovative and creative. I highly recommend this book as a valuable resource for anyone who conducts treatment with victimized youngsters." -Honore M. Hughes, PhD, Professor, Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, Saint Louis University
Table of Contents Introduction Issues for Therapists Skill-Building Exercises Unit One: Recognition & Identification of Feelings Exercise 1: Recognizing and Expressing Feelings Exercise 2: Recognizing How Events Can Influence Feelings Exercise 3: Recognizing and Validating Feelings Caused by Stressful Events Unit Two: Assertive Communication and Problem Solving Exercise 4: Recognizing Assertive Statements Exercise 5: Making Assertive Statements Exercise 6: Responding Assertively to Problems Unit Three: Peer Relationships Exercise 7: Defining Good and Bad Friends Exercise 8: Recognizing Constructive Friendship Behavior Exercise 9: Defining Good and Bad Romantic Relationships Exercise 10: Developing Constructive Romantic Relationships Unit Four: Parental Relationships Exercise 11: Analyzing Parenting Behavior Exercise 12: Making Family Contracts Exercise 13: Understanding Alternative Parenting Arrangements Unit Five: Sexuality Exercise 14: Understanding the Physical Changes of Puberty Exercise 15: Understanding Sexual Slang Exercise 16: Identifying Constructive and Destructive Body Images Exercise 17: Building a Constructive Body Image Exercise 18: Comparing Nurturance, Love, and Lust Exercise 19: Understanding the Consequences of Sexual Behavior Unit Six: Physical Victimization Exercise 20: Recognizing Spouse Abuse Dynamics Exercise 21: Recognizing Children's Reactions to Spouse Abuse Exercise 22: Understanding Child Abuser Dynamics Exercise 23: Developing Constructive Parent-Child Relationships Unit Seven: Sexual Victimization Exercise 24: Recognizing Abuser Strategies Exercise 25: Understanding Sexual Abuser Dynamics Exercise 26: Understanding Sexual Abuse Victim Dynamics Exercise 27: Answering Questions About Sexual Abuse Case Examples Resources Appendix You Sparkle: A Handbook for Girls