chapter  6
26 Pages

Empathy

To help sexually abusive children identify their victims' feelings about being sexually abused.

Materials

Two chairs placed facing each other within the circle of group members.

Description

Children use the double-chair technique (Perls, 1969) to roleplay a conversation with one of their victims. A child acts out both parts and switches chairs as he/she speaks for each character. The child's questions to his/her victim must stay focused on the victim's feelings. When the child role-plays the victim, he/she speaks as if the victim were expressing feelings about the abuse to the abusive child.