Children who have been severely neglected and/or abused can be helped to cope with their past and current experiences through the use of the small group. Major social, behavioral, and personality characteristics of physically abused children are identified and special adjustments and modifications of the group can be described and worked out as they are identified and as they occur in the group setting.
Abused children keep mostly to themselves. They suffer from a self imposed isolation which is directly connected to depression. (James, 2001) The majority of abused children blame themselves, thus resulting in poor self-image combined with trust issues. (James, 2001)
Indeed, left alone, these poor children face a lifetime of self abuse and shame. (James, 2001) Accordingly, in the hopes of assisting these victims into a life of acceptance and social assimilation, this paper proposes group counselling. Group counselling will provide providing essential and effective relationship rehabilitation with these victims, and with peers who suffer with similar issues. (James, 2001) This group counselling requires group mentors who can devote themselves to these children, having effective skills and with the ability to show positive productivity. These group members are placed together in a way so that together their team effectiveness will be high. Accordingly, the process begins with the recruiting of group members. (James, 2001)
According to William James' view "A therapeutic relationship with these abu ...