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Radical Feminist Therapy: Working in the Context of Violence

Radical Feminist Therapy:
Working in the Context of Violence
Bonnie BurstowSAGE1992

With an emphasis on violence against women and on women’s responses to it – such as depression, splitting and eating disturbances – this volume furthers the radicalization of feminist therapy. It serves as a comprehensive introduction for trainees and as an ongoing resource for social service workers and therapists.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Radical Feminist Foundations
… Woman as Body – Physical Violation
… Woman as Body – Labor Exploitation
… Upbringing
… Dividing Woman From Woman
… Later Years
… Resistance

Chapter 2: Psychiatry
… The History
… Psychiatry and Women Today

Chapter 3: Basics and Beginnings
… Questions to Ask Ourselves
… Counselor Ethics

Chapter 4: General Empowerment Work
… Scripts
… Strengthening/Repairing the Bond With Womankind
… Working With the Body
… Depression
… Identity and Action

Chapter 5: Difference: Working With…
… Lesbians
… Native Women
… African American Women
… Jewish Women
… Immigrant Women
… Women With Disabilities

Chapter 6: Problematic Territory
… Heterosexual Couples
… The Family

Chapter 7: Working With Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
… Terminology
… The Work
… Other Resources
… The Special Situation of Ritual Abuse

Chapter 8: Extreme Abuse by Male Partner
… Deeper Work
… The Political Overview
… Telling and Creating a Support Network
… Substantially Changing or Getting Out of the Abusive Situation
… The Legal Route
… Political Work

Chapter 9: Working With Women Subjected To…
… Extreme Abuse by Female Partner
… Abuse by Pimps
… Stranger Rape and Date Rape
… Sexual Violation by Therapists

Chapter 10: Self-Mutilation
… Shelter or Residence Work

Chapter 11: Troubled Eating
… Anorexia
… Bulimia
… “Over”weight and “Over”eating

Chapter 12: Drinking Problems
… Self-help: A.A. and Others

Chapter 13: Working With Psychiatric Survivors
… Details of the Counseling
… The Larger Commitment

Chapter 14: Clients Who are Considering Ending Their Lives
… Direct Practice
… Attending to Ourselves

Appendix: Example of a Client Handout
… Working Together
… Education
… Experience
… Overall Perspective
… Approaches
… Guidelines, General Expectations, Invitations, and Requests