Enhancing Self-Esteem
208 pages, 7 3/10 x 12 1/2
Paperback
Release Date:05 Jul 2005
ISBN:9781843103530
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Enhancing Self-Esteem

A Self-Esteem Training Package for Individuals with Disabilities

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Maintaining healthy levels of self-esteem is key to leading a positive and fulfilled life, but for many people with a disability it can be difficult when faced with the additional challenges they encounter. Negative messages, low expectations, reduced opportunities and discrimination are all facts of life for a large number of people, and these factors can have a serious impact on the development of self-esteem.Enhancing Self-Esteem is unique in being tailored specifically to meet the needs of adults with disabilities. It is a comprehensive resource that provides relevant, cognitively-suitable and age-appropriate information and exercises to aid trainers working with adults with physical and multiple disabilities, and is suitable for people with mild intellectual disability and severe communication impairment.The material is designed to be used in 10 two-hour sessions that explore skills that will help to develop and maintain self-esteem. Each session is fully scripted, with comprehensive instructions for the trainer and useful photocopiable hand-outs.Enhancing Self-Esteem is an essential resource that will be valued by any trainer working with disabled people.

'Developing and maintaining a healthy sense of self-esteem can be challenging for individuals with disabilities. This is because people with disabilities may be faced with a unique range of challenges associated with having a disability, such as negative messages, low expectations, reduced opportunities and outright discrimination. In an attempt to bridge the knowledge gap and offer an applicable intervention, Drs. Hagiliassis and Gulbenkoglu, have created a group training package to improve self-esteem for adults with disabilities.'- Sexuality and Disability
Nick Hagiliassis is a psychologist with eight years' experience in the disability field. He completed a BSc and an MPsych at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and currently works as the Discipline Specific Advisor (Psychology) with the Statewide Specialist Services team with Scope (Vic.) Ltd., and also provides direct services to children and adults with disabilities and their families. Nick's clinical and research interests are in the areas of psychological assessment and learning disabilities. Hrepsime Gulbenkoglu is a psychologist with 22 years' experience in the physical and multiple disabilities area. She has a B.A and postgraduate qualification in Psychology from the University of Istanbul, Turkey. She as worked with children and adults with disabilities and their families in Australia and overseas providing psychological assessment, behavioural intervention and counselling services. She works as a senior clinician with the Statewide Specialist Services team with Scope (Vic.) Ltd. providing external consultancies, direct services and training.Scope (Vic) Ltd is a non-profit organisation providing disability services throughout Melbourne and Victoria, Australia, to over thousands of children and adults with physical and multiple disabilities. Many more people make use of Scope's information, support and assessment services.

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Acknowledgements

Introduction to the self-esteem training package

1 What is self-esteem?

2 What makes us feel special?

3 Feeling good.

4 Healthy thinking

5 Accepting who we are

6 Speaking up for ourselves

7 Communicating well

8 Handling problems

9 Reaching our goals

10 Putting it all together

Hand-outs

Self-esteem evaluation sheet.

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