Empowering Young People who Experienced Domestic Violence and Abuse: The Development of a Group Therapy Intervention

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Fellin, L., Callaghan, Jane E. M., Alexander, Joanne H, Harrison-Breed, Claire, Mavrou, Stavroula and Papathanasiou, Maria 2018. Empowering Young People who Experienced Domestic Violence and Abuse: The Development of a Group Therapy Intervention. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 24 (1), pp. 170-179.
AuthorsFellin, L., Callaghan, Jane E. M., Alexander, Joanne H, Harrison-Breed, Claire, Mavrou, Stavroula and Papathanasiou, Maria
Abstract

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.

JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Journal citation24 (1), pp. 170-179
ISSN1359-1045
Year2018
PublisherSAGE Publications
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/1359104518794783
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1177/1359104518794783
Publication dates
Online29 Aug 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited13 Aug 2018
Accepted24 Jul 2018
Accepted24 Jul 2018
FunderEuropean Commission
European Commission
Copyright informationFellin, A. et al., '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 . Copyright © 2018 The authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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