Emotional Abuse – Training Outline

Trainer: Nayab Imtiaz

Child Abuse is not just about physicality – it’s also about making a child implore for mental and emotional stability either by his or her actions or words. This training session focused on discussing such matters and ways to counter them.

Agenda:

  • Enabling the trainers (on-board interns) to conduct an activity based training session on the awareness of child emotional abuse
  • Exploring the importance of empowering children to break the cycle

A Word for the Trainers

Why do you think empowering the children important?
What do you think is emotional abuse? 
Memory Test (from last session): What are the essentials of “Safe Space”? 

Conducting the Training with Children

Creating a Safe Space

  • Confidentiality
  • Trust
  • Emotional Validation
  • Respect

Ice Breakers

  • Asking them if they know what a safe person is (ask them if they have a safe person, it can be anybody safe and trustworthy)
  • Ask children about what emotional abuse is (write their answers down on the board) 

Defining “Red Flags’’
A red flag is used as a warning of danger You can literally make some red flags for them!

Activity

Purpose

  • Put students in the shoes of someone deciding ‘what they would do’ in a given situation. By doing this, the activity teaches healthy decision-making, empathy, and allows students to determine their own values in relationships or friendships.
  •  The activity introduces students to behaviors within a relationship that could be defined as healthy, unhealthy, or abusive. 
  •  Encourage young people to communicate and define healthy and unhealthy behaviors themselves, even though students may not classify behaviors the same way.
Also read: The Physical Abuse - Training Outline

Steps

  • Describe scenarios explaining an example of a behavior that might be present in a relationship (parents, siblings, friends, significant other). 
  • Instruct each student to raise hands and say what category do they think the behavior fall, ‘’healthy,’’ ‘’unhealthy,’’ or ‘’abusive.’’
  • Have each student read their card out loud and ask them why they think the behavior should be placed in and why.
  •  Record each response by category on paper or the board as students go around. 
  • At each card, facilitate a short conversation. Allow students to make suggestions as to what they may or may not do and why. (for example, talking about it, or keeping your distance from that person). 
  • From among the situations what do they think were the red flags? Note and debate

Wrapping Up:

  • Telling them emotional abuse is not normal and abuse cannot be ever justified
  • Going to their safe person
  • Establish boundaries (limit exposure to their abuser)
  • You have to be vocal about things (say ‘’no!’’) 
  • Telling them that it is okay to visit a Psychologist
Nayab Imtiaz
Nayab Imtiaz, a psychologist by career and passion. She believes in enriching the world with a better tomorrow.

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