Courage to Heal Workbook A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

ISBN-10: 0060964375

ISBN-13: 9780060964375

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In this groundbreaking companion to The Courage to Heal, Laura Davis offers an inspiring, in-depth workbook that speaks to all women and men healing from the effects of child sexual abuse. The combination of checklists, writing and art Projects, open-ended questions and activities expertly guides the survivor through the healing process. Survival Skills -- Teaches survivors to create a safe, supportive environment, ask for help, deal with crisis periods, and choose therapy. Aspects Of Healing -- Focuses on the healing process: gaining a capacity for hope, breaking silence, letting go of shame, turning anger into action, planning a confrontation, preparing for family contact, and affirming personal progress. Guidelines For Healing Sexually -- Redefines the concept of "safe sex" and establishes healthy ground rules for sexual contact.
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List price: $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/28/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.024
Language: English

A singer/songwriter for over 25 years, Laura J. Davis turned to writing full-time after an emergency surgery caused the loss of her singing voice. Her debut novel about the life of Christ through the eyes of His mother, Come to Me, is a Reader's Favorite Award winner. Her latest book, Learning from the Master, Living a Surrendered Life, is a companion study guide to Come to Me. When she isn't writing Laura is reviewing books and teaching bible studies. You can reach her at

Special Pages
About Language
Where Am I Right Now?
What It Will Feel Like to Use This Book
About the Exercises in this Book
Writing as a Healing Tool
About Freewriting
Art as a Healing Tool
About Making Collages
Survival Skills for Healing
Creating Safety
The Five Building Blocks of Safety
Create Ground Rules
Build a Container
Find a Safe Spot
Establish Your Privacy
Establish a Protective Ritual
Building Your Support System
Creating a Support System
Helps and Hindrances to Healing
Therapists and Therapy
Dealing With Crisis
When I'm Lost and Scared
Phone List for Hard Times
When I Start to Panic
Things I Can Do When I'm Overwhelmed
Dealing with Suicidal Feelings
My Suicide Prevention Plan
The Emergency Stage
Simplify Your Life
Ask for Help
Create a Light at the End of the Tunnel
Nurturing Yourself
Learning to Nurture Yourself
Marking the Way
Marking the Way: A Writing Exercise
What Have I Already Accomplished?
Celebrating Your Accomplishments
Taking Stock
Where did I Come From?
When I Was Growing Up
Name the Abuser
The Effects: How did it Change My Life?
Assessing the Damage
Identifying My Strengths
Activity: Picturing the Effects
Putting the Abuse in Perspective
Coping: How did I Survive?
Identifying Coping Mechanisms
Forgiving Yourself
The Pros and Cons of Coping Behaviors
Developing Healthier Ways of Coping
Aspects of Healing
The Decision to Heal
Preparing for Change
Facing an Uncertain Future
About Courage
Activity: Designing a Warrior Mask
Expanding Your Capacity for Hope
Putting Hope Aside: A Writing Exercise
My Hopes Today
Making Hopes Come True
What Is a Memory?
Piecing Together the Puzzle
If You Don't Remember
What Am I Afraid Of?
Activity: Picturing
Believing it Happened
I Don't Want to Believe It
Research Your Childhood
Breaking Silence
Why Tell?
Simple Telling or Confrontation?
Childhood Lessons: Silence
If You Told
A Few Choice Words on Telling the Truth
Guidelines for Telling
Understanding that it Wasn't Your Fault
Letting Go of Shame
Identifying Hidden Shame
Replacing Shame with Reality
Observing Children
Evidence of Childhood
The Child Within
Activity: Picturing the Child Within
Letter to an Abused Child: A Writing Exercise
Learning to Trust Yourself
Being Present
Internalized Messages
The Inner Voice
Learning to Say No
Saying No: A Writing Exercise
Grieving and Mourning
Naming Your Losses: A Writing Exercise
Activity: Creating a Grieving Ritual
Anger Inventory
Fear of Anger
Letters to an Abuser: A Pair of Writing Exercises
Anger into Action
Activity: The Banner Project
What Have I Done Already?
Should I Confront?
Vanquishing Secret Hopes
Making a Confrontation Plan
After the Confrontation
The Other Eulogy: A Writing Exercise
Dealing with Your Family Now
What Is a Family?
Evaluating My Family of Origin
Redefining Family
Looking at Individual Relationships
Setting the Ground Rules
Planning for Family Contact
Developing Realistic Expectations
Giving Up the Fantasy: A Writing Exercise
Letting Go: An Activity
Enjoying Your New Family: A Writing Exercise
Resolution and Moving on
How Far Have I Come? A Writing Exercise
Why Has It Been Worth It?
Tooting Your Own Horn
Things I Like About Myself
Things I've Dreamed of Doing and Becoming
Activity: Creating a Celebration Ritual
Guidelines for Healing Sexually
For Whom Am I Doing This?
What Is Sex?
What Is Sex? (Part II)
Sexual Ground Rules
Safe Sex Guidelines
Activity: Massaging Hands
Sexual Hopes: A Writing Exercise
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