HEALING, SERVING, AND HELPING OTHERS HEALS, SERVES, AND HELPS YOU
This transformative group focuses on tangible ways that SURVIVORS can apply their understanding of trauma, trauma informed practices, peer support, and the particular issues facing women and children who have histories of trauma and who have used behavioral health services. We understand peer support is rooted in mutual relationships. The value of self-awareness and selfcare for all participants in peer support is described. Our participants will learn about the importance of shared values, a common language, and taking a culturally sensitive, non-clinical approach to peer support. Specific life skills and coping techniques are utilized that will enable peers to engage women and children trauma survivors in a meaningful way. Crucial information is presented to senior survivors to help them work successfully as a peer supporter within the group who are not yet trauma informed. There are discussions of how trauma survivors can become involved in social action and reclaim their power by working for positive change as part of the healing process.
This peer to peer group therapy session deals with the trauma inflicted upon adults and children. An important message within this group is that women have the right to define themselves and their experiences in ways that have meaning for them. These are individual survivors who have experienced violence and trauma, and have the strength to begin the journey of healing or are in a position to encourage and inspire newer individuals to the group. In the end, it’s important that peer supporters recognize and support each other’s way of expressing their experiences and talking about themselves as part of the healing process.