Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part I - Theoretical and Practical Background. 1. Self-esteem and Wellbeing 2. Self-esteem, Learning and the Process of Change. 3. Working with Imagery and Imagination. 4. Learning and Generalising Knowledge and Skills 5. Working with Groups. Part II - Activities and Guidelines Introduction. 1. Getting Started. 2. What is Self-esteem? 3. Who am I? 4.Self-awareness. 5. The Challenge of Change. 6. Self-acceptance. 7. Self and Others. 8. Self-reliance and Managing Stress. 9. Self-expression. 10. Creative Problem-solving. 11. Setting and Achieving Goals. 12.Keeping it All Going, References. Appendix A. Appendix B. Appendix C.
Activities and advice to break the cycle of low self-esteem in adolescents and adults
Deborah M. Plummer has over 20 yearsa?? experience of facilitating groups and working individually with both children and adults. Formerly a clinical lead therapist working within the NHS, she also has extensive experience as a senior lecturer in aspects of health psychology and counselling. She regularly runs workshops and short courses on the uses of imagery, games and story-telling in the promotion of well-being. Deboraha??s website can be found at www.deborahplummer.co.uk.
Understanding self-esteem and helping people to build self-esteem
is such a key issue that it is great to have a book which focuses
on this and offers practical exercises and theory. I found this
book to be very accessible and can imagine it becoming one of my
favourites. -- Audrey Tait, Senior Practitioner in Social Work,
Edinburgh City Council
In Helping Adolescents and Adults to Build Self-Esteem Deborah Plummer uses her clinical experience and practical writing skills to explain the complex psychology of self-esteem in terms that are easy to understand and relate to practice. As a youth worker, I often work with young people struggling through the torrent of feelings, emotions and self-doubt that adolescence can bring, and the links Plummer makes between self-esteem, self-concept and self-evaluation will be invaluable in helping me devise curricula that explore these different facets and develop self-help skills.I particularly liked the section on images and associative sensitivity as it has put a name to something I too have noticed within groups of people who have built an understanding and empathy with each other. This is particularly so with young people in out-of-home settings. In the second half of the book she offers a range of activities, some familiar and some new. From the concise instructions and additional facilitator notes it is clear that Deborah is a writer who is also an experienced practitioner. This adds an honesty and credence to her work that inspires practitioners to feel confident when facilitating the suggested activities, without necessarily being an expert.There is too much to read and learn to be able to condense into a few words. This is a book that I will come back to again - not just for the activities, which are great, but also as a reliable peer-to-peer guide through the complexities of self-esteem.-- Vanessa Rogers, Youth Work Consultant, Author and Trainer