Helping Adolescents and Adults to Build Self-Esteem: A Photocopiable Resource Book 2ed


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Packed with activities and helpful advice, this resource is designed for professionals working to help adolescents and adults break the destructive cycle of low self-esteem.

This fully updated new edition of Deborah M. Plummer’s popular resource is filled with practical ideas for building healthy self-esteem. Easy-to-use photocopiable activity sheets encourage participants to use existing skills and develop new techniques to nurture confidence and feelings of self-worth. These are complemented by relaxation and breath control exercises, and expanded theoretical chapters that explains what healthy self-esteem is, why people may have low self-esteem and the consequences that can result from it.

Suitable for work with individuals and groups in a wide range of educational and therapeutic settings, this resource will prove indispensable to teachers, speech and language therapists, professionals working in adult education centres, counsellors at schools and universities, social workers and other individuals working with young people.


  • 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.

Author Bio:

Deborah Plummer graduated from University College London with a degree in Speech Sciences. She is an image-work practitioner and a registered speech and language therapist working in Leicestershire. She has over 20 years’ experience of facilitating groups and of working individually with both adults and children. Apart from her therapeutic and lecturing commitments, she runs image-work courses and workshops in the UK and abroad. She trained with Dina Glouberman (Skyros Institute and Imagework Institute), has a certificate in Counselling Studies and is a practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.