Book Review: Structured Psychotherapy Groups for Sexually Abused Children and Adolescents. By Billie Farmer Corder, Ed.D. Sarasota, Florida: Professional Resource Press. pp. 116

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  • P1: vendor/FOM/GCZ/GDP/LZX P2: FOM/GDP/GEE/GCZ QC: GCQJournal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy [jcag] PH027-299323 March 5, 2001 18:34 Style file version Nov. 19th, 1999

    Journal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy, Vol. 10, No. 4, 2000

    Book Review

    Structured Psychotherapy Groups for Sexually Abused Children and Adolescents.By Billie Farmer Corder, Ed.D. Sarasota, Florida: Professional ResourcePress. pp. 116.

    In this comprehensive manual Dr. Corder has adapted her model of StructuredGroup Psychotherapy to the treatment of sexually abused children and adolesc-ents.

    The book starts with a review of theoretical issues and approaches and dis-cusses the extent of abuse, its affects on children and adolescence and the need fortreatment Corder clearly links her methods of Structured Group Psychotherapy tothe theoretical needs of abused children and adolescents. These methods are con-sistently demonstrated throughout the manual and complemented with pre- andpost-evaluations. The goals of the groups are to improve cognitive and emotionalmastery of the trauma, build self esteem through cognitive relabeling practice thatuses role-playing, group chants and cheers, and game activities, improve problem-solving skills and develop or improve communications and understanding betweencaregiver and child. Some of the chants and cheers are beguiling and her illustra-tions, for Corder is an artist, are enchanting. The program includes both the childrenand their caregivers who attend some of the sessions.

    Corder recognises the importance of good preparation and communicationbetween all those who are working with the victims and their families and care-givers. She carefully details how one goes about establishing such a programand what is necessary to make it work. She has developed many interestinggames, rituals and activities and includes homework as an integral part of thetreatment. Thus the manual includes very clear theory-linked instructions on howto establish structured group psychotherapy for sexually abused children andadolescents.

    Corder emphasizes that therapists must be able to deal with pain, helplessnessand grief and discuss sexual issues through honest open communication. They mustbe able to be open with their co-therapists and assume control of the group whennecessary.

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    1053-0800/00/1200-0225$18.00/0 C 2000 Human Sciences Press, Inc.

  • P1: vendor/FOM/GCZ/GDP/LZX P2: FOM/GDP/GEE/GCZ QC: GCQJournal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy [jcag] PH027-299323 March 5, 2001 18:34 Style file version Nov. 19th, 1999

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    Structured group psychotherapy with abused children and adolescents willbe invaluable to any therapist who is seeking to establish a group therapy programfor this population. I can thoroughly recommend it.

    Beryce W. MacLennan, Ph.D., CGP, CTsBethesda, MD 20816

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