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Table 1 SHARE Group Outline

From: “I’m not alone, my story matters”: Incarcerated women’s perspectives on the impact and acceptability of group psychotherapy involving imaginal exposure to sexual assault memories



Therapeutic Tasks


• Establish group norms

• Provide psychoeducation about trauma, trauma sequelae, and the rationale for exposure treatment

• Teach coping techniques (e.g., grounding, deep breathing) for use during and outside of session

• Build rapport, trust, and safety

• Enhance motivation

• Build self-efficacy


• Conduct imaginal exposure

• Give and receive supportive

feedback following exposures

• Identify and challenge common cognitive themes that emerge in trauma narratives.a

• Provide education on special topics related to sexual violence sequelae (e.g., healthy/unhealthy relationships)

• Approach rather than avoid distressing memories of sexual violence victimization

• Facilitate emotional processing

• Normalize experiences

• Develop more balanced views of the traumatic event(s) and one’s role in it

• Facilitate peer support


• Consolidate gains

• Connect to local resources

• Discuss relapse prevention

• Anticipate lapses

• Provide hope for continued healing

  1. aOccurs in Sessions 5–7 if time allows