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ERIC Number: ED316780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Pages: 15
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"Being Who You Are": The Self-Esteem Group Counseling Model for Women.
Guindon, Mary Hardesty
The "Being Who You Are" model is an integrative group counseling model for adult women, particularly those who are experiencing loss of control over their lives and/or are depressed and anxious. It was developed for a population of clinically depressed women in a psychiatric hospital. To date, variations of the original model have been presented to diverse women's groups, abused, displaced and/or transitioning women, and career women exhibiting depressive symptoms and low self-esteem. The issue of self-esteem permeates many of the concerns brought to helping professionals by their clients in both individual and group settings. Yet it is often addressed only as a part of a broader issue rather than as being seen as a viable area for possible intervention in and of itself. A positive self-worth is a critical element of empowerment for women. The model employs these sessions: (1) managing change; (2) becoming aware of negative thinking; (3) discovering the meaning of worth; (4) understanding the concept of self; (5) recognizing cognitive distortions; (6) disputing the internal critic; (7) discovering one's own emotional reality; (8) beginning acceptance of self; (9) owning and appreciating accomplishments; (10) accepting and trusting positive feedback; and (11) maintaining self-esteem. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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