Health & Medical Adolescent Health

Group Therapy For Children of Divorcees

Nowadays, it is not uncommon for many children to come from divorced homes.
These students face a number of personal and social problems, which consist of loneliness, blaming oneself for the divorce, experiencing divided loyalties, not knowing how to deal with parental conflicts, and facing the loss of family stability.
It is very helpful to assess the needs of children before deciding on a therapeutic program.
Conduct a survey that allows students to have a direct role in determining areas of concern that they are open to and are willing to deal with.
At the end of the survey, space is provided for students to write in detail about specific feelings or situations they would like to know about.
Before starting the session, the rules are discussed.
They are informed that if anyone wishes to discontinue attending the sessions, they are free to do so.
Children always have the right to remain silent.
But see to it that you encourage the shy ones to open up.
Reinforce the importance of learning from one another.
Some students feel more comfortable knowing that they will never be forced to share or discuss any issue that they feel is private.
Other rules include giving each one an opportunity to speak and be listened to, never laughing or making fun of whatever is shared to the group, being honest, and keeping everything confidential.
Explain the reasons for the rules so that the chances that the children will abide by them increases.
Finally, a form of contract shall be signed by all, making a commitment and agreement to follow the rules.
During the sessions, children should remember these important messages: • You are special.
• You are not to blame.
• You can get through this difficult time.
• The divorce was not your fault.
• You have people who care about you.
• It's not your divorce, and no one is divorcing you.
Your parents are divorcing each other.
• You did not cause the problems between your parents, and you can't fix them.
• You can help each other.
(referring to the group) The objectives for these groups are to give support when it is needed, to let children know that they are not alone, to reinforce the students' need to talk and deal with feelings, to teach coping skills, to offer resources to students and parents, to help them deal with emotional and behavioral concerns and to help children open the lines of communication with other students, teachers, and parents.


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