Fellin LC, Callaghan JEM, Alexander JH, Harrison-Breed C, Mavrou S & Papathanassiou M (2019) Empowering young people who experienced domestic violence and abuse: the development of a group therapy intervention. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 24 (1), pp. 170-189. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359104518794783
This article describes the development of a group based therapeutic intervention for young people (YP) who have lived with domestic violence and abuse. The intervention was informed by interviews with 107 YP, focused on their experiences of coping, resilience and agency. The intervention draws on resources from systemic, creative and narrative approaches to group work, and aims to facilitate YP’s expression of distress in a way that recognises that it is embodied, contextual and relational. The intervention also explores YPs’ existing strategies for coping and maintaining a sense of agency, and works to harness, enhance and further develop those skills. We report on the pilot of this intervention, and its development and application across four European countries (UK, Greece, Italy and Spain). We outline the goals, strengths and limitations of this group intervention, as well as the main challenges, hindrances and ethical dilemmas experienced the research and intervention team. Implications for therapeutic practice and training are addressed.
domestic abuse; children; young people; intervention; group intervention; empowerment; resilience;
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