A Safe Place to Grow: A Group Treatment Manual for Children in Conflicted, Violent, and Separating Homes

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 220 pages
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Discover the effective group treatment strategies that help your school-aged clients!

A child immersed in a conflicted family life may be forced to cope with a multitude of trauma, including violence, abuse, and insecurity. In A Safe Place to Grow: A Group Treatment Manual for Children in Conflicted, Violent, and Separating Homes, highly respected experts give mental health professionals the tools to provide effective group treatment for children scarred by family environments of conflict and abuse. This easy-to-understand, step-by-step manual is a developmentally appropriate treatment curriculum for traumatized school-aged children. Age-appropriate sections separate therapy for big or little kids, focusing on efficacy while presenting a comfortable multi-ethnic, multi-cultural model.

A Safe Place to Grow has easy-to-understand descriptions of techniques, with each session in the curriculum containing games and activities that are therapeutic yet flexible enough to be modified whenever the situation warrants. A chapter is included to helpfully troubleshoot problems encountered when in session with either age group of children. Useful illustrations accompany the text, along with a comprehensive bibliography listing additional therapeutic resources for different types of family problems. Appendixes are included for instruction on psycho-educational groups for parents that enhance their sensitivity to their children's needs, as well as providing an evaluation study of the group model itself.

A Safe Place to Grow provides a sequence of activities within the group model aimed at each of these five goals:
  • creating common ground and safety
  • exploring the language and complexity of feeling
  • defining and understanding the self
  • defining and revising roles and relationships
  • restoring a moral order

A Safe Place to Grow is an essential resource for social workers, psychologists, family and child therapists, school counselors, and battered women and children's advocates.
 

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Contents

LK Session 1 Saying Hello and Making Me Feel Safe
29
Who I Am
39
LK Session 5 Managing My Good and Bad Feelings
51
LK Session 7 Its Okay to Be Different
60
LK Session 9 Managing When Parents Fight
70
My Inside and Outside
78
LK Session 12 Remembering and Saying GoodBye
85
BK Session 1 Saying Hello and Making a Safe Place
101
BK Session 4 Exploring a Safe Inside Place and Back
128
BK Session 5 Defining Wishes for Yourself and Rules
134
Who You
142
Who We
156
BK Session 9 Becoming the Experts on Living
166
BK Session 10 Telling Your Story So Far Thinking About
174
APPENDIX A Troubleshooting for Both LK and
189
APPENDIX B Psychoeducational Groups for Parents
197

BK Session 2 Exploring Levels of Feelings Actions
110
BK Session 3 Making a Safe Inside Place and Learning
119
An Evaluation Study of the Group Model
201
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About the author (2005)

Vivienne Roseby, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice and consulting psychologist to Families First Residential Treatment Center in Davis, California where she has pioneered a developmental treatment model for children and adolescents with histories of acute and chronic trauma. She earned her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a double major in human development and school psychology and a double minor in clinical psychology and clinical social work.. She has also been a clinical consultant at the Child and Family Study Center at UC Davis and currently consults and teaches widely on developmental psychopathology as it pertains to the diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents and adults. She is the first co-author of A Safe Place to Grow: A Group Treatment Manual for Children in Conflicted, Violent and Separating Homes (2005).

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