STAND: Survivors Taking A New Direction
The staff of The Friendship Center is excited to announce the restructuring of what was formerly known as Support Group for survivors of domestic/sexual abuse and stalking. Beginning 3/14/17, every Tuesday from 1-2 pm we will now be offering STAND: Survivors Taking A New Direction. This skills-based educational framework will provide a predictable, structured, trauma-informed venue aimed at offering information, tools, and resources for individuals to take with them on their journey toward healing. While each group will always be unique, a 7 week rotating curriculum will allow members to select which group(s) to attend based on topics they would like more information about. For example, week 1 will always encompass the subject of domestic abuse, week 2 of the rotation will involve awareness and education about sexual assault, and so on. We will conclude each group with 5-10 minutes of mindfulness meditation. For a weekly schedule and more detailed information about STAND, please visit our website at www.thefriendshipcenter.org or call The Friendship Center at 442.6800.
Survivors Taking A New Direction 7 week rotation is as follows:
Week 1: Domestic Abuse—topics may include: types of abuse, cycle of abuse, red flags, barriers to leaving, etc.
Week 2: Sexual Assault—topics may include: consent, sexual violence continuum, gender-based violence, recovering from rape, etc.
Week 3: Safety Planning—topics may include stalking awareness, technology and social media safety, danger assessments, formulating safety plans, etc.
Week 4: Healthy Relationships—topics may include assertive communication, boundaries, conflict resolution, equality, etc.
Week 5: Coping Skills—topics may include mindfulness, emotional regulation, stress reduction, tools to evaluate and correct thinking errors, etc.
Week 6: Self-Care—topics may include goal setting, physical and emotional health, rebuilding identity, empowerment, etc.
Week 7: Expressive Arts—using creativity to facilitate self-awareness and personal growth through a variety of activities