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The Courage to Heal Workbook : For Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse - Laura Davis

The Courage to Heal Workbook

For Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Spiral Ringed Book

Published: 28th February 1990
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In this groundbreaking companion to "The Courage to Heal, " Laura Davis offers an inspiring, in-depth workbook that speaks to all women and men healing from the effects of child sexual abuse. The combination of checklists, writing and art Projects, open-ended questions and activities expertly guides the survivor through the healing process.Survival Skills -- Teaches survivors to create a safe, supportive environment, ask for help, deal with crisis periods, and choose therapy.Aspects Of Healing -- Focuses on the healing process: gaining a capacity for hope, breaking silence, letting go of shame, turning anger into action, planning a confrontation, preparing for family contact, and affirming personal progress.Guidelines For Healing Sexually -- Redefines the concept of "safe sex" and establishes healthy ground rules for sexual contact.

Acknowledgmentsp. x
Dedicationsp. xii
Special Pagesp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
About Language
Where Am I Right Now?
What It Will Feel Like to Use This Book
About the Exercises in this Bookp. 9
Writing as a Healing Tool
About Freewriting
Art as a Healing Tool
About Making Collages
Survival Skills for Healingp. 15
Creating Safetyp. 19
The Five Building Blocks of Safety
Create Ground Rules
Build a Container
Find a Safe Spot
Establish Your Privacy
Establish a Protective Ritual
Building Your Support Systemp. 35
Creating a Support System
Helps and Hindrances to Healing
Therapists and Therapy
Dealing With Crisisp. 64
When I'm Lost and Scared
Phone List for Hard Times
When I Start to Panic
Things I Can Do When I'm Overwhelmed
Dealing with Suicidal Feelings
My Suicide Prevention Plan
The Emergency Stage
Simplify Your Life
Ask for Help
Create a Light at the End of the Tunnel
Nurturing Yourselfp. 89
Learning to Nurture Yourself
Marking the Wayp. 98
Marking the Way: A Writing Exercise
What Have I Already Accomplished?
Celebrating Your Accomplishments
Taking Stockp. 111
Where did I Come From?
When I Was Growing Up
Name the Abuser
The Effects: How did it Change My Life?p. 123
Assessing the Damage
Identifying My Strengths
Activity: Picturing the Effects
Putting the Abuse in Perspective
Coping: How did I Survive?p. 144
Identifying Coping Mechanisms
Forgiving Yourself
The Pros and Cons of Coping Behaviors
Developing Healthier Ways of Coping
Aspects of Healingp. 165
The Decision to Healp. 169
Preparing for Change
Facing an Uncertain Future
Willingness
About Courage
Activity: Designing a Warrior Mask
Expanding Your Capacity for Hope
Putting Hope Aside: A Writing Exercise
My Hopes Today
Making Hopes Come True
Rememberingp. 204
What Is a Memory?
Piecing Together the Puzzle
If You Don't Remember
What Am I Afraid Of?
Activity: Picturing
Believing it Happenedp. 224
I Don't Want to Believe It
Research Your Childhood
Breaking Silencep. 234
Why Tell?
Simple Telling or Confrontation?
Childhood Lessons: Silence
If You Told
A Few Choice Words on Telling the Truth
Guidelines for Telling
Understanding that it Wasn't Your Faultp. 256
Letting Go of Shame
Identifying Hidden Shame
Replacing Shame with Reality
Observing Children
Evidence of Childhood
The Child Within
Activity: Picturing the Child Within
Letter to an Abused Child: A Writing Exercise
Learning to Trust Yourselfp. 274
Being Present
Internalized Messages
The Inner Voice
Learning to Say No
Saying No: A Writing Exercise
Grieving and Mourningp. 302
Naming Your Losses: A Writing Exercise
Activity: Creating a Grieving Ritual
Angerp. 315
Anger Inventory
Fear of Anger
Letters to an Abuser: A Pair of Writing Exercises
Anger into Action
Activity: The Banner Project
Forgiveness?
Confrontationsp. 340
What Have I Done Already?
Should I Confront?
Vanquishing Secret Hopes
Making a Confrontation Plan
After the Confrontation
The Other Eulogy: A Writing Exercise
Dealing with Your Family Nowp. 367
What Is a Family?
Evaluating My Family of Origin
Redefining Family
Looking at Individual Relationships
Setting the Ground Rules
Planning for Family Contact
Developing Realistic Expectations
Giving Up the Fantasy: A Writing Exercise
Letting Go: An Activity
Enjoying Your New Family: A Writing Exercise
Resolution and Moving onp. 415
How Far Have I Come? A Writing Exercise
Why Has It Been Worth It?
Tooting Your Own Horn
Things I Like About Myself
Things I've Dreamed of Doing and Becoming
Activity: Creating a Celebration Ritual
Guidelines for Healing Sexuallyp. 428
For Whom Am I Doing This?
What Is Sex?
What Is Sex? (Part II)
Sexual Ground Rules
Safe Sex Guidelines
Activity: Massaging Hands
Sexual Hopes: A Writing Exercise
Resourcesp. 453
Organizations
Healing Books
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ISBN: 9780060964375
ISBN-10: 0060964375
Audience: General
Format: Spiral Ringed Book
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 475
Published: 28th February 1990
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 18.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.76