Topic Nights 2016

Topic Nights are on certain Wednesdays. CHECK FOR THE DATES LISTED. Times are 5:30-7:30 unless otherwise stated. PLEASE CALL AND REGISTER FOR TOPIC NIGHTS BY THAT MONDAY. If we don’t have at least 8 people registered by the day before, the Topic Night will be cancelled. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO 24. If you are not registered, you are not guaranteed a seat.

Jan 27 5:30 – 7:30pm :Self-defeating Patterns and Self-talk

As survivors of sexual abuse, we often internalize self-defeating statements, patterns of behavior, and ways of feeling.  We’ll learn about how these internalized parts of the abuse experience play out in our current life and how to use this knowledge to create positive change in the healing process.Tricia facilitates this presentation/discussion for survivors, loved ones, and community providers from the general public to learn more.                                               

Feb 10  5:30-7:30pm: Resumes and Cover Letter Pt. 1

At this workshop, we will talk about how resumes and cover letters are used in the job search process. We will also explore different resume formats, learn how to compose a resume that reflects our strengths and talents, and briefly talk about the interview process.

Amanda facilitates this workshop/discussion.  Open to survivors only.

 

Feb 24   5:30-7:30pm :Resumes and Cover Letters Pt. 2- Mock Interviews

Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but it helps to practice! Each person participating will have a 10-minute individual mock interview, plus 5 minutes for feedback and questions. Please bring a resume and dress as you would for an actual interview. Maximum 8 participants. Sign up ahead of time for a slot.

Amanda facilitates this workshop/discussion.  Open to survivors only.

 

March 16 5:30-7:30pm :Letting Go of Shame and Self-Blame

Holding on to guilt and shame often blocks a survivor’s ability to fully heal from the experience of their sexual trauma. This discussion will focus on differentiating between guilt and shame, understanding how survivors come to know and accept their shame, and providing survivors with practical tools for letting go of their guilt and shame. Muneebah facilitates this presentation/discussion.  Open to survivors only.      

April 20 5:30-7:30:Mindfulness Workshop

We spend so much of our time focusing on the past and looking into the future.  Join the discussion on mindfulness and learn to stay and accept the moment.   Practical tools will be discussed and practiced in this workshop.Tricia facilitates this presentation/discussion.  Open to survivors only.

 

May 18 5:30 – 7:30pm: Healthy & Effective Communication

Communication is a key skill for boundaries, assertiveness, and getting our needs met!  We’ll talk about nonverbal and verbal communication, how certain behaviors are perceived, and how to convey the message you want to send.  We’ll also talk about key guidelines for healthy & effective communication.Stephanie facilitates this presentation/discussion for survivors, loved ones, and community providers from the general public to learn more.                                          

June 17 5:30 – 7:30pm: PTSD II (“complex PTSD”) 

Experiencing sexual trauma leads to a variety of emotional, physical, and mental aftereffects.  When the abuse occurs repeatedly, or at a young age, or ongoing, the aftereffects can become tied in with our sense of self and the world. Come learn about complex PTSD and how to manage and heal the symptoms. Muneebah facilitates this presentation/discussion for survivors, loved ones, and community providers from the general public to learn more.    

July 15 5:30 – 7:30pm:Creating Healthy Relationships

Sexual trauma survivors sometimes struggle with creating and maintaining healthy relationships (friendships & romantic relationships).  We’ll discuss characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, and how to use heart, intuition, and mind to establish and maintain positive connections .Aaron facilitates this presentation/discussion for survivors, loved ones, and community providers from the general public to learn more.                                                 

 August 17  5:30 – 7:30pm:Dealing with Anxiety & Fears

We’ll examine the causes and symptoms of anxiety, fears, and phobias.  We’ll also explore helpful techniques and strategies to begin to face, manage, and reduce their power in our lives.Tricia facilitates this presentation/discussion for survivors, loved ones, and community providers from the general public to learn more.                                                

Sept 21           5:30 – 7:30pm            Male Survivors

Aaron facilitates this presentation/discussion.

Oct 19 5:30 – 7:30pm :Neurobiology of Trauma

Come learn about the scientific breakthroughs that have helped us to understand how sexual trauma affects our brains and the ways that survivors are finding to heal and manage those effects.  Awareness of these issues can help us direct our healing process to the source.         ? facilitates this presentation/discussion for survivors, loved ones, and community providers from the general public to learn more.