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

Author(s) : Lorraine McColgan

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

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : April 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 134
  • Category :
    Group Psychotherapy
  • Category 2 :
    Trauma and Violence
  • Catalogue No : 96510
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367862565
  • ISBN 10 : 0367862565
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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, strengthening boundaries, inner-child work, making meaning of endings, and ways forward drive this therapeutic approach. Taking group work as the optimum matrix for change for 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.

Reviews and Endorsements

"McColgan offers a practical guide to therapeutic group work for mental health professionals who work with adult survivors of abuse. Her therapeutic group work synthesises a psychoeducational approach with a dynamic process perspective … I like this work. It is simple but profound. Unpretentious and eminently usable." - Jarlath F. Benson, Psychoanalytic Group Analyst, Trainer and Supervisor with the NHS, UK and in private practice, Ireland.

About the Author(s)

Lorraine McColgan has a Masters in Counselling Psychology and a Diploma in Clinical Supervision from Trinity College Dublin. She works with the National Counselling Service in Ireland and in private practice as an individual and group therapist and as a clinical supervisor. She is a registered member of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

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