Creating and Maintaining a Support Group in a Rural Community Webinar


>>WELCOME, EVERYONE TO OUR WEBINAR ON CREATING AND MAINTAINING SUPPORT GROUPS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES. MY NAME IS KRIS BEIN. I WORK WITH LEAH AT THE RESOURCE SHARING PROJECT AND THEN HERE TO HELP WITH THE WEBINAR TODAY.>>I’M LEAH GREEN AND I AM THE RURAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANT SPECIALIST AT THE RESOURCE SHARING PROJECT. I’M REALLY EXCITED THAT ALL OF YOU COULD BE HERE TODAY. BEFORE WORKING AT THE RESOURCE SHARING PROJECTNG, I WORKED AT SEVERAL CENTERS IN IOWA, ALL WHICH HAD RURAL COUNTIES AND WAS ABLE TO ESTABLISH AND CREATE SEVERAL SUPPORT GROUPS OVER THAT TIME AND I ALSO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE OVER FULLY ESTABLISHED SUPPORT GROUPS. SO I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS TOPIC.>>SO FOR FOLKS IF YOU HAVE ANY TROUBLE WITH THE AUDIO CONNECTION, SOMETIMES THE INTERNET AUDIO GETS A LITTLE CRANKY, YOU CAN ALSO CALL IN ON THE TELEPHONE LINE. I WILL BE SURE TO PUT THAT INFORMATION IN THE CHAT BOX AS WELL. AND IF ILINCIS JUST NOT BEHAVING FOR YOU, YOU CAN CONTACT THEM FOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT. WE DO HAVE ALL OF YOU IN LISTEN ONLY MODE RIGHT NOW, SO DON’T WORRY ABOUT ANY BACKGROUND NOISE IN YOUR OFFICE. SO I WANT TO GIVE YOU A BRIEF TOUR WITH ILINCS BEFORE LEAH GETS STARTED. YOU’LL SEE A PICTURE OF LEAH IN THE TOP LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE SCREEN AND THEN A LIST OF ALL OF THE FOLKS IN THE PRESENTATION. UNDER THAT, THERE’S A LITTLE LINE THAT SAYS FEEDBACK AND WE’LL DO SOME INSTANT POLLING IN JUST A LITTLE BIT. AND THEN OUR CHAT BOX AND WE REALLY WANT THIS TO BE A CONVERSATION WITH YOU ALL. SO, PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING AND WHAT QUESTIONS YOU HAVE AND WHAT FANTASTIC IDEAS YOU HAVE IN THE CHAT BOX. IF ANY OF YOU ARE FOR SOME REASON NOT SEEING THE POWER POINT RIGHT NOW, IF YOU LOOK AT THE TABS JUST NEXT TO THE PICTURE OF LEAH, YOU SHOULD SEE SOMETHING THAT SAID START, CONTENT, AND RURAL SUPPORT GROUP. IF YOU CLICK ON RURAL SUPPORT SUPPORT GROUP, IT SHOULD PULL UP THE POWER POINT FOR YOU.>>FIRST I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO OVW FOR MAKING THIS WEBINAR POSSIBLE. AND THEN I JUST WANT TO GET BEFORE WE JUMP IN SOME INFORMATION FROM WHO YOU ALL ARE. SO ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE IN THE FEEDBACK BOX, CLICK A, IF YOU ONLY WORK WITH SEXUAL VIOLENCE. B, YOU ONLY WORK WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. C, YOU DO SOME OF BOTH. OR D, YOU’RE ANOTHER COMMUNITY OR STATEWIDE WORK. GOT LOTS OF PEOPLE RESPONDING.>>IT LOOKS LIKE MOST OF US ARE IN DUAL AGENCIES WHERE WE DO BOTH SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WORK.>>AWESOME, THANK YOU. AND NEXT IF YOU COULD JUST STATE WHAT YOUR POSITION IS. SO, A, ADVOCATE. B, PROGRAM MANAGER. C, COALITION STAFF. OR D, YOU DO LOTS OF OTHER THINGS.>>WE SEE A LOT OF FOLKS PUTTING THEIR ANSWERS IN THE CHAT BOX THAT’S TOTALLY FINE. BUT YOU SHOULD IS ALSO BE ABLE TO CLICK ON ONE OF THE BUTTONS THAT’S NEXT TO A, B, C, OR D.>>OKAY, IT LOCKS LIKE MORE THAN 50 PERCENT ADVOCATES AND THEN A LITTLE CROSS-SECTION OF B, C, D. YEAH.>>NICE TO HAVE SUCH A MIX OF PEOPLE HERE TODAY.>>ABSOLUTELY. AND THEN IF YOU JUST WANT TO TYPE INTO THE FEEDBACK BOX YES, OR NO IF YOUR AGENCY CURRENTLY HAVE A SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT GROUP. [SILENCE] OKAY. YEAH.>>SO IT LOOKS LIKE WE’RE ABOUT EVEN. ABOUT HALF OF US DO AND HALF OF US DON’T.>>AWESOME. AND JUST LAST QUESTION. IF YOU JUST WANT TO TYPE IN THE CHAT BOX WHAT STATE YOU ARE FROM OR WHAT TERRITORY.>>WE’VE GOT QUITE AN AMAZING DIVERSITY HERE TODAY. I THINK THAT WE HAVE FOLKS ALL THE WAY FROM ALASKA TO FLORIDA.>>AWESOME. SO TODAY WE’RE JUST GOING TO GO OVER, I JUST REALLY WANT TO PRESENT AN OVER VIEW OF THE FACTORS THAT GO INTO SETTING UP A SUPPORT GROUP, PROVIDE SOME IDEAS OF HOW AND WHERE TO PUBLICIZE FOR SUPPORT GROUPS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES. SUPPLY SOME SORT OF JUMPING-OFF INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT CURRICULA OR RESOURCES YOU CAN LOOK INTO FOR SETTING UP AND CREATING YOUR OWN SUPPORT GROUP AND THEN JUST CONTINUE TO PROVIDE IDEAS OF HOW TO MAKE YOUR SUPPORT GROUP SUCCESSFUL TO ENSURE THAT SURVIVORS CONTINUE TO SEEKING THOSE SERVICES. I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SUPPORT GROUPS, TO NOT JUST PUT SO MUCH EFFORT INTO ALL OF THE WORK YOU’RE GOING TO DO SETTING UP THE GROUP, BUT THEN ONCE YOU ACTUALLY START, EACH SESSION HAS TO FEEL SUCCESSFUL TO YOU SO THAT PEOPLE CONTINUE WANTING TO COME AND YOU JUST DON’T SORT OF PETER OUT. THAT CAN FEEL COMMON IN SETTING UP SUPPORT GROUPS LIKE THAT. SO I REALLY LOVED THIS QUOTE FROM THE WASHINGTON COALITION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT PROGRAMS FROM THEIR WEBSITE. SURVIVORS CAN FIND STRENGTH BY CONNECTING TO EACH OTHER. WHILE EVERY SURVIVOR’S EXPERIENCE IS UNIQUE, BEING IN A ROOM WITH PEOPLE WHO HAD SIMILAR EXPERIENCES CAN BE A POWERFUL FORM OF SUPPORT AND VALIDATION. GROUPS PROMOTE A FEELING OF OF EMPOWERMENT AS SURVIVORS SEE EACH OTHER’S STRENGTH AND GAIN HOPE. SO I SPECIFICALLY PULLED THIS BECAUSE I REALLY LIKE HOW THIS EXPLAINS THE REASON BEHIND SUPPORT GROUPS, WHY I THINK THEY CAN BE SO POWERFUL AND HOW THE APPROACH OF SUPPORT GROUPS FEELS A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN ALL OF THE OTHER THINGS WE DO IN ADVOCACY WORK. SO THE APPROACH TO SUPPORT GROUPS, IT’S DIFFERENT THAN FACILITATING LIKE A ONE-ON-ONE COUNSELING SESSION. THE REASON WHY SUPPORT GROUPS ARE SO AMAZING IS BECAUSE SURVIVORS CAN HEAR OTHER PEOPLE SPEAK ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES WHICH MAKES SURVIVORS FEEL LIKE THEY AREN’T ALONE AND THESE ARE EXPERIENCES AND THIS TRAUMA THEY HAVE, THEY ARE NOT THE ONLY PERSON THAT EVER FELT THIS IN THE WORLD. IT CAN PROVIDE A PEER LEVEL OF SUPPORT WHICH SOMETIMES IS MORE POWERFUL. I THINK WHEN YOU HEAR AN ADVOCATE SAY THIS WASN’T YOUR FAULT, YOU CAN HEAR THAT A HUNDRED TIMES OVER AND IT NOT REALLY SINK IN. BUT IN A SUPPORT GROUP, HEARING A BUNCH OF STRANGERS WHO HAVE HAD SIMILAR TRAUMA TO YOU, SAYING IT JUST ONCE CAN FEEL MORE POWERFUL OR IMPACTFUL. AND THEN EXPERIENCE A UNIQUE FORM OF HEALING. IT IS DIFFERENT THAN ANYTHING ELSE WE DO. IT’S DIFFERENT THAN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. IT’S DIFFERENT THAN COUNSELING. AND IT REALLY PROVIDES SORT OF A UNIQUE, TANGIBLE ACTION OF HEARING OTHER PEOPLE SPEAK AND SEE IN PERSON THAT FEELS REALLY DIFFERENT THAN JUST HEARING THAT OTHER SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS EXIST. SO THAT’S WHY I REALLY LIKE SUPPORT GROUPS. SO WE’RE GOING TO GO A LITTLE BIT INTO TYPES OF GROUPS. SO THERE’S A LOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS THAT YOU CAN SET UP THE TYPE OF GROUPS THAT YOU’RE GOING TO DO. YOU CAN BASE THE GROUP ON VICTIMIZATION TYPE, GENDER, AGE, SEXUALITY, ALL OF THE THINGS I HAVE LISTED ON THE SLIDE. YOU CAN DO SUPPORT GROUPS WITH JUST TEEN SURVIVORS, OR ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE, AND A GROUP ABOUT LGBT SURVIVORS, JUST MALE SURVIVORS, THERE’S LOTS OF WAY TO FRACTURE GROUPS. AND I KNOW THAT CAN BE REALLY HARD IN RURAL COMMUNITIES. OFTEN IT FEELS LIKE YOU CAN’T EVEN GET ENOUGH PEOPLE FOR ONE GROUP LET ALONE ENOUGH PEOPLE FOR INDIVIDUAL TYPES OF GROUPS TO FRACTURE THEM OUT LIKE THAT BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO THINK AS YOU GO IN TO YOUR SUPPORT GROUP, WHY AM I PUTTING THIS GROUP TOGETHER? WHO IS THIS GROUP FOR? WHO IS WELCOME? WHO IS GOING TO GET SOMETHING OUT OF IT? AND SO I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO THINK ABOUT THE TYPES OF GROUPS THAT YOU CAN HAVE AND REACH OUT TO THE DIFFERENT KIND OF SURVIVORS IN YOUR COMMUNITY THAT MIGHT FIT INTO ANY OF THESE TYPES OF GROUP.>>LEAH, IF I CAN JUMP IN HERE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT’S BECOMING CLEARER IN THE RESEARCH AND LITERATURE ON SUPPORT GROUPS IS BECAUSE WE KNOW VALIDATION AND CONNECTION IS SO IMPORTANT IN SUPPORT GROUPS AND VALIDATION IS SOMETHING THAT SUPPORT GROUPS PROVIDE IN A WAY THAT NO OTHER SERVICES DO, IF SAY A SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVOR IS THE ONLY SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVOR IN A GROUP WHERE EVERYONE ELSE IS A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVOR, THAT PERSON IS NOT AS LIKELY TO FEEL VALIDATED AND CONNECTED AS EVERYONE ELSE IN THE GROUP IS, AND SO THE RESEARCH IS INDICATING MORE AND MORE THAT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, ORGANIZING GROUPS AROUND THE EXPERIENCES OF SURVIVORS CAN BE REALLY HEALING. CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVORS CAN LEARN FROM OTHER CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVORS AND ADULT SURVIVORS OF RECENT RAPE CAN LEARN FROM OTHER ADULT SURVIVORS.>>ABSOLUTELY, THANK YOU FOR POINTING THAT OUT, KRIS. SO ANOTHER WAY THAT YOU CAN CREATE DIFFERENT TYPES OF GROUPS THAT IS HELPFUL IS TO COLLABORATE WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. SO IN ORDER TO PROVIDE GROUPS IN A WIDE VARIETY OF SETTINGS, ONCE AGAIN TO REACH ALL OF THOSE DIFFERENT KINDS OF PEOPLE THAT MIGHT FEEL LIKE THEY ARE THE ONLY ONE THAT THEY’VE EVER MET. SO I THINK IT CAN BE REALLY IMPORTANT TO REACH AND COLLABORATE WITH JAILS AND PRISONS, MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS, SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROVIDERS AND IT CAN BE A REALLY GREAT WAY TO FOSTER A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH AN ORGANIZATION THAT MAYBE YOU HAVEN’T HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO COLLABORATE WITH BEFORE. ESPECIALLY IF YOU CAN SORT OF FRAME IT IN GOING TO YOUR LOCAL YOU KNOW, PRISON IN YOUR RURAL COMMUNITY AND SAYING THIS IS GOING TO HELP THE PRISONERS. LET’S HAVE A GROUP ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT. LET’S HAVE A GROUP ABOUT TRAUMA AND YOU’RE GOING TO SEE AN IMPROVEMENT IN YOUR PRISONERS AND IT’S GOING TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE THIS TRAUMA AND INFORMED CARE DIRECTLY TO YOUR PRISONERS AND MY CENTER IS GOING TO DO THIS THING FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION. WE WANT TO COLLABORATE WITH YOU AND YOU ARE GOING TO GET ALL OF THE BENEFIT OUT OF THE WORK WE DO. THAT IS DEFINITELY A WAY TO GET IN TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT MAYBE HISTORICALLY NOT WANTING TO COLLABORATE WITH YOURS. AND I THINK IT MIGHT SOMETIMES NEED TO HIGHLIGHT EXACTLY HOW YOUR WORK IS GOING TO HELP THEM SPECIFICALLY AND YOU MIGHT HAVE TO SORT OF REPHRASE HOW YOU, HOW YOU COME AT THE PROBLEM SO MAYBE IF SAYING A SPECIFICALLY SEXUAL ASSAULT GROUP FEELS A LITTLE BIT LIKE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE HESITANT, MAYBE YOU REPHRASE AND SAY A TRAUMA BASED GROUP OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. BUT THERE’S ALWAYS A WAY TO FRAME IT TO SELL THIS TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. SO IN THE CHAT BOX, DO YOU GUYS WANT TO LIST OR IF YOU HAVE COLLABORATED WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT GROUPS? JUST LIST THAT IN THE CHAT BOX THERE. I KNOW WHEN I WORKED AT CENTERS, I WORKED AT JAILS AND PRISONS AND THEY HAVE ALWAYS FOUND IT REALLY HELPFUL AND IT HAS POSITIVELY IMPACTED THE JAILS AND PRISONS THAT I WORKED AT. THEY MAYBE WERE HESITANT AT FIRST BUT ONCE THEY REALIZED HOW HELPFUL IT WAS, THEY REALLY, REALLY LOVED US COMING THERE AND THEY DID NOT WANT US TO EVER STOP.>>LEAH, I SEE THAT LAURA IS WORKING WITH LOCAL CLINICIANS. BRIANA AND CINDI ARE BOTH WORKING WITH HOMELESS SHELTERS AND PUBLIC HOUSING, WHICH I THINK IS SUCH A CREATIVE AND WONDERFUL IDEA BECAUSE WE KNOW FOLKS LIVING IN HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY ARE AT A GREATER RISK OF SEXUAL ASSAULT. THEY OFTEN HAVE A HISTORY OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE ISSUES. SEE I THINK THAT’S A WONDERFUL CONNECTION TO MAKE.>>YEAH, I BELIEVE I SAW ANGEL SHAH IS USING THE HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP AS A WAY TO SELL IT TO OTHER SERVICE PROVIDERS AND ALSO HEALTHY SEXUALITY, COMING AT IT FROM A POSITIVE ANGLE. I THINK IT’S DEFINITELY A WAY TO SELL OUR GROUP SORT OF TO OTHER SERVICE PROVIDERS.>>YEAH. I SEE LOTS OF YOU ARE WORKING WITH VARIOUS COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS AND DETENTION FACILITIES. THAT’S FANTASTIC, I LOVE SEEING ALL OF THIS.>>YEAH, THAT’S GREAT. SO THERE’S ESSENTIALLY TWO DIFFERENT KIND OF GROUPS THAT WE ARE GOING TO GO OVER HERE. ONE IS AN OPEN GROUP, THE OTHER, THE NEXT LINE WILL BE ABOUT CLOSED GROUPS. THERE’S PROS AND THERE’S CONS TO BOTH OPEN GROUPS AND CLOSED GROUPS. AND SO ESSENTIALLY AN OPEN GROUP IS A GROUP THAT PARTICIPANTS ARE ABLE TO ATTEND AS FREQUENTLY AS THEY WANT AND NEW PARTICIPANTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME SO THAT IT’S A WEEKLY GROUP, YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHO MIGHT SHOW UP THAT NEXT WEEK. WHO WILL BE A PARTICIPANT AND PEOPLE CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE GROUP FOR AS LONG AS THE GROUP EXISTS. SO THE PROS TO THAT ARE THAT SURVIVORS CAN SEEK SUPPORT WHEN THEY NEED IT IF THAT IS A REALLY PARTICULARLY HARD WEEK, THEY CAN COME TO GROUP AND SEEK THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. BUT IF FOR A FEW MONTHS, THEY FEEL LIKE THEY DON’T WANT TO SEE THAT KIND OF SUPPORT, OTHER COPING TECHNIQUES ARE WORKING, THEY’RE JUST LIVING THEIR LIVES AND NOT REALLY NEEDING SUPPORT GROUP FOR A WHILE, THEY DON’T HAVE TO ATTEND. AND SURVIVORS ALWAYS KNOW THAT THAT IS GOING TO BE A CONTINUAL OPTION. IT’S LIKE A BACK UP PLAN. AN OPTION IN THEIR TOOLBOX OF COPING TECHNIQUES THAT THEY HAVE. THE CONS WITH OPEN GROUPS, ARE THEY DO CREATE AN IMBALANCE OF RELATIONSHIP OR INFORMATION, SO OFTEN THERE ARE MEMBERS THAT COME EVERY SINGLE WEEK FOR A LONG PERIOD AND THEY FORM BONDS WITH EACH OTHER. THEY KNOW EACH OTHER’S STORIES AND THEY DON’T HAVE TO RETELL IT. THEY KNOW LOTS OF FACTS ABOUT EACH OTHER’S LIVES. AND A NEW PERSON COMING IN THAT WEEK, IS GOING TO FEEL SOMETIMES THAT CLOSE BONDS BETWEEN MEMBERS AND FEEL LIKE MAYBE THEY CAN’T CRACK INTO THAT GROUP THAT’S FORMED IN THAT BOND. I THINK THAT SOMETIMES MEMBERS THAT ARE COMING A LONG TIME CAN FEEL A BIT OF FRICTION WITH NEW MEMBERS IN THAT THEY’VE TOLD THEIR STORY, THEY HAVE THIS BOND WITH ALL OF THE PEOPLE. THEY KEEP COMING EVERY WEEK AND YOU’RE JUST A NEW PERSON WALKING IN AND YOU DON’T KNOW KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ME. SO IT CAN BE SORT OF HARDER TO CREATE THAT BOND BETWEEN SURVIVORS. I THINK THAT’S EXACTLY WHY OPEN GROUPS FEEL REALLY DIFFICULT FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS AND WHY I USUALLY RECOMMEND THAT SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS GROUP, SUPPORT GROUPS ONLY BE CLOSED GROUPS. SO CLOSED GROUPS IS WHEN THERE IS A GROUP IN WHICH THERE IS A SET START AND END DATE, SO THAT MIGHT BE EIGHT WEEKS OR 12 WEEKS, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND PARTICIPANTS START NOVEMBER 1ST AND IT’S GOING TO GO X NUMBER OF WEEKS AND THEN THERE WILL BE AN END DATE. AND WHEN THAT NOVEMBER 1ST OR WHENEVER YOUR GROUP MIGHT START, THERE WILL BE A SET NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AND NO OTHER PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE GROUP. SO THE CONS TO THAT, IS THAT SURVIVORS MAY HAVE TO WAIT WEEKS OR MONTHS TO ENTER A GROUP THEN BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL A NEW SESSION STARTS ESSENTIALLY. AND IF YOU HAVE PARTICIPANTS THAT WANT TO DROP OUT OVER THE COURSE OF THAT GROUP, IF MEANS YOU ARE NOT ADDING NEW PARTICIPANTS AND SO YOU COULD POTENTIALLY HAVE SO IS MANY PEOPLE DROPOUT THAT THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH PARTICIPANTS. BUT WHAT IT REALLY BRINGS IS THAT FRESH START OF HEALING FOR EVERYONE TO START GROUP TOGETHER AND BE ON THE SAME PAGE AND HAVE THAT EQUITY OF RELATIONSHIP, THAT BALANCE OF INFORMATION, THAT THEY’RE STARTING THEIR HEALING JOURNEY TOGETHER WHICH I THINK REALLY BRINGS A CLOSENESS TO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THAT GROUP WHICH IS REALLY AMAZING. AND ANOTHER PRO, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A GRADUATION OR SOMETHING AT THE END OF THAT GROUP. IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT THAT PERSON OR THOSE PARTICIPANTS ARE GOING TO BE DOING FOR EVERY WEEK OF THEIR LIVES FOR YEARS. IT’S SOMETHING LIKE A GRADUATION CEREMONY. THERE IS SOME ENDING, SOME RITUAL OR SOMETHING TO SIGNIFY THAT THEY HAVE COME SO FAR IN THEIR JOURNEY WITH THESE PEOPLE AND THAT CAN BE REALLY POWERFUL TO HAVE THAT TANGIBLE END DATE. I REALLY LOVE. THAT SO CAN YOU GUYS SPEAK TO THE PARTICIPANTS HERE THAT HAVE SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT GROUPS, ARE THEY OPEN OR ARE THEY CLOSED? HAVE YOU TRIED BOTH OR WHAT EVER IS HAPPENING IN YOUR CENTER, CAN YOU TYPE THAT IN THE CHAT BOX. OKAY SO THEY TAKE A LOT OF OPENS. OKAY. A LOT OF OPEN, BUT A COUPLE CLOSED. I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO JUST TRY A CLOSED ONE. I THINK IT SOMETIMES FEELS A LITTLE BIT UNFAMILIAR IF OUR CENTERS HAVE ALWAYS USED OPEN GROUPS. AND I THINK OPEN GROUPS HAVE THEIR PURPOSE, THEY HAVE THEIR PLACE AND THEY CAN REALLY BE HELPFUL TO HAVE AN OPEN GROUP WHERE IF SOMEONE COMES TO YOU AND THEY WANT TO JOIN A SEXUAL ASSAULT GROUP AND THERE ISN’T A SESSION STARTING FOR TWO MONTHS THAT YOU HAVE THAT OPEN GROUP THAT THEY CAN COME TO SO THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO JUST SAY I’M SORRY, THERE’S NOTHING I CAN DO, COME BACK IN TWO MONTHS. THAT YOU HAVE A SERVICE THAT THEY CAN SEEK INFORMATION, RESOURCES AND SUPPORT AT WHILE THEY’RE WAITING TO COME TO A CLOSED GROUP. BUT I THINK IT CAN BE REWARDING TO HAVE A CLOSED GROUP. OKAY, WE ARE GOING ON TO NAMING YOUR GROUP. SO I JUST PUT A COUPLE OF OF IDEAS HERE FOR NAMING YOUR GROUP BECAUSE I THINK THAT A NAME FOR YOUR GROUP REALLY SETS THE TONE FOR WHAT A SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT GROUP IS ALL ABOUT AND TELLS SURVIVORS WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. SO I HAVE WORKED AT A CENTER THAT HAD THE NAME “COURAGEOUS WOMEN” AS A SUPPORT GROUP. AND I THINK THAT THE PLUS TO THIS WAS IT WAS A HOLISTIC HEALING SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT GROUP, SO WHAT WAS GREAT ABOUT IT WAS THAT THE NAME “COURAGEOUS WOMEN” WAS EMPOWERING ITSELF. IT DIDN’T TELL YOU FLAT OUT RIGHT WHAT THE GROUP WAS ABOUT AND SO I THINK THAT MADE IT A LITTLE BIT LESS SCARY. THAT IT DIDN’T SAY YOU KNOW, RAPE SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP IN BIG BOLD LETTERS. THAT YOU COULD GO IN AND FEEL A LITTLE BIT, IT JUST SORT OF TOOK THE EDGE OFF. EVERYONE FELT A LITTLE BIT MORE COMFORTABLE NOT HAVING THE WORDS “SEXUAL ASSAULT” OR “RAPE” IN THE TITLE. THE DOWN SIDE IS, THAT IT WAS HARD IN ADVERTISING FOR THE GROUP BECAUSE PEOPLE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT IT WAS. ANOTHER ONE OF MY CO-WORKERS SUGGESTED ADULT MOLESTED AS CHILDREN. THIS ONE IS REALLY GREAT IN THAT IT DOES TELL YOU WHAT THE GROUP IS ALL ABOUT AND YOU CAN SHORTEN IT. SO WHEN YOU ARE ADVERTISING, WHEN YOU YOU ARE TELLING PEOPLE WHAT IT IS, YOU CAN LIST THE FULL TITLE AND SAY WHAT THIS GROUP IS ALL ABOUT. BUT THEN WHEN YOU ASK SOMEONE WHEN THEY COME INTO THE DOOR OF YOUR CENTER, ARE YOU HERE FOR YOU KNOW A-MAC OR AMC? THAT CAN FEEL A LITTLE BIT LESS SCARY OR THE SIGN ON THE DOOR THAT ADVERTISES THAT’S WHERE YOUR SUPPORT GROUP IS, DOESN’T ANNOUNCE TO EVERYONE THAT PASSES BY THE DOOR WHAT YOUR GROUP IS ALL ABOUT. I ALSO REALLY LOVE CROWD SURVIVORS, THAT BEING AN LGBT FRIENDLY SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT GROUP. I THINK IT’S REALLY INTERESTING. WHAT HAVE YOU GUYS NAMED YOUR SUPPORT GROUPS IN THE PAST? IF YOU WANT TO TYPE THAT IN THE CHAT BOX? AND WHILE YOU’RE DOING THAT, I JUST WANT TO MENTION THAT I THINK IT CAN BE REALLY HELPFUL, ESPECIALLY IF YOUR CENTER HAS NEVER HAD A SUPPORT GROUP, OR A SPECIFICALLY SEXUAL ASSAULT GROUP BEFORE, THAT IT COULD BE REALLY EMPOWERING TO HAVE SURVIVORS ON THE FIRST DAY NAME THEIR OWN GROUP YOU KNOW. LIST IT AND ADVERTISING IT IN THE COMMUNITY AS A SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT GROUP, AND THEN, THE VERY FIRST SESSION HAVE EVERYONE BRAINSTORM TOGETHER. IT CAN REALLY BOND PEOPLE TOGETHER TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION AND YOU CAN CREATE LIKE A BUY IN SORT OF FROM THE PEOPLE THAT ARE COMING THAT IT REALLY FEELS LIKE THIS GROUP IS FOR THEM AND THEY GET TO TAKE CHARGE. WOW, I’M REALLY LIKING ALL OF THESE NAMES. I LIKE TRICIA WHITE WROTE COFFEE TALK AND TALKING CIRCLE. I THOSE ARE ARE REALLY, REALLY INTERESTING IN THAT IT FEELS LIKE YOU HAVE SOMETHING THERE HAD THAT YOU CAME TO TALK ABOUT. IT CAN FEEL MORE CASUAL AND JUST SORT OF LIKE WOMEN OPENING UP WITH ONE ANOTHER WHICH CAN DEFINITELY BE HELPFUL.>>YEAH, AND I ALSO LIKE THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE CALLING IT GROUP BECAUSE THEY THINK SOMETIMES WHATEVER THE NAME OF YOUR AGENCIES, YOU DON’T NEED TO GET A WHOLE LOT MORE FANCY THAN THAT. IT IS A GROUP.>>YEAH, THE HEALING CIRCLE. THAT IS BEAUTIFUL. YEAH.>>NICE.>>I REALLY LIKE THAT. SO FREQUENCY. MOST SUPPORT GROUPS MEET ABOUT WEEKLY. THAT SEEMS TO BE BE A GOOD AMOUNT OF TIME. I THINK THAT THERE ARE TIMES IN WHICH A ONE- TIME GROUP CAN BE REALLY HELPFUL ESPECIALLY IN RURAL COMMUNITIES WHEN MAYBE IT FEELS LIKE YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE OR YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS THAT ARE COMING FORWARD, SPEAKING ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES AND SEEKING SERVICES, BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THERE ARE ENOUGH SEXUAL SURVIVORS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES TO SUPPORT A GROUP. BUT ARE THEY COMING FORWARD WANTING A SEXUAL ASSAULT GROUP AND SEEKING SERVICES AT YOUR AGENCY? IT CAN FEEL SOMETIMES LIKE THERE IS ENOUGH PEOPLE IT MAKE A WHOLE GROUP OR IT CAN FEEL LIKE THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE TO CREATE AN ENTIRE YOU KNOW, EIGHT WEEK PROGRAM. SO THAT’S WHY I THINK THERE CAN BE A LOT OF PROMISE IN EXPLORING SORT OF A ONE-TIME SUPPORT GROUP ESPECIALLY AROUND THIS CONCEPT OF HOLISTIC HEALING. SO INCORPORATING, THERE BEING YOGA OR JOURNALLING OR SOME SORT OF ART ACTIVITY AND IT BEING LESS OF A TALKING GROUP SOMETIMES. OR THERE BEING A DIALOGUE COMPONENT BUT SOMETHING ELSE THAT SORT OF DRAWS YOU TO THE GROUP. I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO YOGA. I THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE REALLY INTERESTING TO DO THAT WITH OTHER ARE WOMEN AND TO TALK ABOUT TRAUMA TOGETHER. THAT MIGHT BRING YOU THERE ONE SATURDAY AFTERNOON. BUT AN EIGHT WEEK SESSION OF SIGNING ON FOR THAT CAN SOUND A LITTLE SCARIER OR LITTLE MORE OF A COMMITMENT THAT YOU FEEL CAN REALLY MAKE. AND SO I THINK THAT THERE’S DEFINITELY ONE-TIME GROUPS. TRICIA WHITE WROTE ZUMBA ALSO. THAT’S A GREAT IDEA. DEFINITELY GETTING THE BODY INVOLVED CAN BE REALLY HELPFUL. I LOVE THAT. AND A LITTLE BIT LATER IN THE PRESENTATION, I HAVE A COUPLE OF OTHER IDEAS OF NONTRADITIONAL SUPPORT GROUPS. YEAH, I DEFINITELY LOVE THAT ZUMBA IDEA.>>YEAH. YOU KNOW, LEAH, I HAVE TALKED TO A COUPLE OF AGENCIES THAT HAVE DONE ONE-TIME SUPPORT GROUPS AND WHAT THEY HAVE FOUND IS THAT THOSE GROUPS ARE ATTRACTING COMPLETELY NEW PEOPLE INTO THEIR SERVICES. PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT CURRENTLY RECEIVING ADVOCACY SERVICES OR TAKING PART IN THE TRADITIONAL SUPPORT GROUPS. SO IT’S A REALLY INTERESTING WAY TO REACH NEW SURVIVORS IN THE COMMUNITY WHO FOR WHATEVER REASON, ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THE OTHER SERVICES THAT YOUR AGENCY HAS TO OFFER.>>ABSOLUTELY, THAT IS A VERY GOOD POINT. I REALLY LIKE THAT. THE LAST POINT ABOUT FREQUENCY, I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY, SOMETIMES THERE CAN BE, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE THIS IDEA OF CLOSED SUPPORT GROUPS, WHERE IT IS A SET NUMBER OF WEEKS AND THERE MIGHT BE SOME SORT OF GRADUATION OR FINAL MEETING THAT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE, THAT SOMETIMES SURVIVORS ARE HOOKING FOR CONTINUING TO HAVE THAT SUPPORT GROUP. SO SOMETIMES YOU ARE ABLE TO GET ENOUGH PEOPLE THAT ARE INTERESTED MOVING FORWARD TO HAVE SORT OF A SECOND TIER GROUP SORT OF. MAYBE THAT FIRST STEP OF SUPPORT GROUPS, THAT FIRST SET OF PEOPLE GOING TO THAT EIGHT-WEEK SESSION OR SOMETHING REALLY FOCUSED A LOT ON SORT OF TRAUMA 101. AND A GROUP THAT MAYBE A LITTLE MORE IN-DEPTH INFORMATION, OR MAYBE A GROUP THAT JUST THAT SESSION REALLY BONDED TOGETHER AND WANTED TO GO FORWARD. THEY MIGHT DECIDE ON THEIR OWN FREQUENCY. AND THEY MIGHT HAVE FORMED SUCH A CLOSE BOND. I KNOW THAT I WORKED AT CENTERS WHERE THIS HAS HAPPEN WHERE 8 OR 10 PEOPLE IN THAT GROUP, REALLY FORMED A SPECIAL BOND. THEIR PERSONALITIES AND THEIR DRAMA JUST SORT OF WORKED TOGETHER IN THIS WAY THAT THEY DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE EACH OTHER AND THEY FELT LIKE THEY WERE HEALING TOGETHER AND IT WAS JUST SUCH A HEALTHY HEELING, THEY DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE BEHIND AT THE END OF THE SESSION. SO THEY CREATED THEIR OWN SUPPORT GROUP JUST FOR THAT GROUP TO CONTINUE TO MOVE ON, WITH ANOTHER EIGHT-WEEK SESSION. AND YOU KNOW, THOSE KIND OF GROUPS CAN FORM THEIR OWN FREQUENCY IF THEY FEEL LIKE TWICE A WEEK WORKS. EVERY OTHER WEEK MIGHT WORK BETTER FOR THEM. THERE’S DEFINITELY SOME PLAY AROUND HOW FREQUENTLY YOU CAN HAVE GROUPS. BUT I THINK CHECKING IN WITH THE SURVIVORS, ASKING HOW FREQUENTLY THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEEK SERVICES AND SEEK SUPPORT WITH ONE ANOTHER IS REALLY CRUCIAL. SO CHOOSING A LOCATION. THIS OBVIOUSLY IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE BASED ON YOUR OWN COMMUNITY NEEDS. BUT WHERE YOU HOST A GROUP CAN BE REALLY IMPORTANT. SO SOMETIMES, YOU HAVE A LARGE ENOUGH SPACE THAT YOU’RE ABLE TO USE YOUR OWN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SEXUAL ASSAULT PROGRAM. I KNOW WHEN I WAS WORKING ON A PROGRAM IN IOWA, AND WE HAD THE FOUR MOST RURAL COUNTIES IN THE STATE, WE HAD A CENTER THAT WAS SO SMALL THAT THERE WAS NOT A ROOM AVAILABLE THAT COULD HAVE HOUSED MORE THAN FIVE PEOPLE SITTING AROUND. SO THAT WAS JUST NOT AN OPTION FOR US. AND ALSO THERE WAS A LOT OF STIGMA. EVERYONE KNEW WHERE OUR CENTER WAS LOCATED. EVERYONE KNEW THAT THAT WAS THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SEXUAL ASSAULT PROGRAM. MAYBE THAT’S WHY IT CAN BE HELPFUL YOUR AREA IF YOU HAVE A GREAT RAPPORT WITH YOUR COMMUNITY AND A POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR COMMUNITY AND EVERYONE KNOWS WHERE YOUR CENTER IS LOCATED AND PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO FIND IT EASILY AND TELL PEOPLE ABOUT YOUR SERVICES EASILY. MAYBE THAT IS A GOOD THING. MOST OF THE TIME WHEN I WORKED AT RURAL PROGRAMS, IT FELT LIKE THERE WAS TOO MUCH OF A STIGMA TO WALK IN TO THE DOOR. COLLABORATING WITH OTHER SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES, THAT’S WHEN IT CAN BE HELPFUL TO WORK WITHIN THOSE ORGANIZATIONS AND SET UP A SUPPORT GROUP AT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC BE, AT YOUR SUBSTANCE ABUSE CLINIC THAT MIGHT BE IN THE AREA. SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY LIKE NIGHT TIME HAVE A LOT OF ROOMS AVAILABLE THAT NO ONE IS USING THAT CAN BE HELPFUL. RELIGIOUS CENTERS, OR FAITH- BASED ORGANIZATIONS ALTHOUGH THAT CAN BE TRICKY. A LOT OF TIMES THEY’LL BE THE FIRST ONE IN THE COMMUNITY THAT WILL WANT TO SUPPORT YOUR ORGANIZATION AND YOUR MISSION AND WANT TO PROVIDE FREE SPACE FOR YOU. SO, THAT CAN BE REALLY TEMPTING AND SOMETIMES THAT’S WHEN IT WORKS OUT BEST. BUT ALSO, THERE ARE GOING TO BE SURVIVORS THAT HAVE NEGATIVE ASSOCIATIONS WITH FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS OR MISTAKENLY BELIEVE YOUR CURRICULA HAS A FAITH-BASED COMPONENT OR BEING IN A ROOM OR BUILDING THAT HAS FAITH-BASED ARTWORK OR THINGS AROUND. HAVING CROSSES ON THE WALL BECAUSE SOMETIMES WE CAN’T CHANGE THE SPACE THAT WE ARE HAVING THE SUPPORT GROUP IN, THAT CAN FEEL LIKE IT IS NOT HELPFUL TO HEALING AND OTHERS MIGHT BE COMFORTED IN THOSE SPACES. SO YOU KIND OF HAVE TO DECIDE IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY AND ALSO YOU KNOW, THE SURVIVORS THAT SHOW UP, MAYBE YOU HAVE A SUPPORT GROUP SPECIFICALLY IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LOCAL CHURCH AND YOU USE THAT TOGETHER TO REALLY TAP IN TO WHAT CAN FEEL HEALING ABOUT THAT RELIGION OR THAT SPIRITUAL CENTER. BUT JUST KNOW THAT IT IS NOT GOING TO BE RIGHT FOR EVERYONE.>>LEAH, THERE IS IS A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS IN THE CHAT BOX THAT WE MIGHT WANT TO DISCUSS NOW OR LATER. CINDI IS WONDERING ABOUT THE LACK OF TRANSPORTATION WHICH I KNOW IS SO HARD FOR ALL OF US, ALL OF THE TIME. AND THEN, LISA, I AM NOT SURE IF THIS IS A QUESTION OR COMMENT ABOUT YOUR SUPPORT GROUP YOU MENTIONED TO TALK ABOUT SPIRITUALITY AND SEXUALITY. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT EITHER OF THOSE QUESTIONS NOW OR COME UP LATER IN THE PRESENTATION?>>YEAH, ON THE NEXT SLIDE HERE WE’LL TALK ABOUT CHOOSING A TIME, BUT DEFINITE HE WHAT FITS INTO THAT ARE TRANSPORTATION OPPORTUNITIES. SO, I KNOW THAT SOME RURAL COMMUNITIES HAVE THE WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY OF HAVING THERE BE A SMALL AMOUNT OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. I KNOW THAT THAT IS NOT TERRIBLY COMMON, BUT IF THERE MIGHT BE A SHUTTLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY, DEFINITELY FINDING OUT WHEN THE HOURS MIGHT BE. BUT ALSO I THINK A LOT OF TIMES IN RURAL COMMUNITIES, THE BEST TRANSPORTATION IS FRIENDS, FAMILY MEMBERS, THAT SORT OF SOCIAL SUPPORT SYSTEM. SO CERTAINLY CHOOSING A TIME OR A LOCATION FOR YOUR SUPPORT GROUP THAT WILL FIT WELL INTO MANY PEOPLE’S LIVES. PLANNING YOUR SUPPORT GROUP FOR 9:00 A.M. ON A SATURDAY OR A 8:00 A.M. ON A SATURDAY MIGHT BE HARDER TO, TO GET A FRIEND OR A FAMILY MEMBER TO WANT TO TAKE YOU INTO TOWN OR DRIVE HALF AN HOUR OR 45 MINUTES AWAY TO GET TO A SUPPORT GROUP. SO DEFINITELY TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION TIMES. I DO THINK THAT OFTEN IN CHOOSING LOCATIONS AND CHOOSING A TIME, THAT SORT OF WEEKDAY EVENINGS ARE OFTEN MOST HELPFUL IN BEING ABLE TO FIND TRANSPORTATION THROUGH YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND FINDING LOCATIONS THAT ARE FREE AND OPEN. I ALSO LOVE WHAT ALICIA WROTE. I AM SORRY, DELIARY WROTE ABOUT PARTNERING WITH THE CHURCH OR THE ORGANIZATION THAT YOU’RE PARTNERING WITH THAT MIGHT HAVE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. I THINK THAT’S A GREAT IDEA. UTILIZING VOLUNTEERS. DEFINITELY LIKE UTILIZING VOLUNTEERS THAT MIGHT BE WILLING TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION IF THAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOUR CENTER ALLOWS. I KNOW A LOT OF TIMES, I HAVE WORKED WITH VOLUNTEERS IN THE PAST THAT HAVE NOT WANTED TO BE BE ON THE CRISIS LINE OR HOT LINE, THAT WAS A LITTLE TOO SCARY OR THEY WERE NOT REALLY WANTING TO DO DIRECT SERVICE BUT WANTING TO HELP OUT. AND TRANSPORTATION IS A GREAT WAY TO USE YOUR VOLUNTEERS IN THAT WAY. CAN EVERYONE HEAR ME A LITTLE BIT BETTER NOW? AWESOME. PERFECT.>>LEAH, I’M CURIOUS IF OTHER PEOPLE HAVE STRATEGIES ABOUT TRANSPORTATION THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SHARE? I AM ALWAYS SO CURIOUS TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR STRATEGIES IN ALL OF YOUR RURAL COMMUNITIES. SO IF PEOPLE WOULDN’T MIND PUT NOTHING THE CHAT BOX. WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT TRANSPORTATION?>>ABSOLUTELY, I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW.>>SO JAMIE IS WORKING WITH A TAXI COMPANY AND CINDI IS USING THE COMPANY VAN. I KNOW A LOT OF US HAVE SHELTER VANS AND IT’S NICE WHEN WE CAN USE THOSE FOR OUR SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT GROUPS AS WELL AS OUR DV SERVICES.>>WHEN I WORKED AT CENTERS IN THE PAST, ESPECIALLY AFTER PEOPLE CAN GET TO THE FIRST SUPPORT GROUP, YOU CAN SORT OF PROBLEM SOLVE WITH PEOPLE HOW TO GET TO THAT SUPPORT GROUP, SURVIVORS HAVE BEEN REALLY WILLING TO HELP EACH OTHER GET TO THE SUPPORT GROUP AND BUILD THAT CAMARADERIE AND TRUST AND BOND BY PROVIDING EACH OTHER TRANSPORTATION, IF ONE PERSON, CAN, YOU KNOW, CAR POOL. I THINK THAT’S HELPFUL.>>YEAH. CATHY POINTS OUT THAT SOMETIMES CAR INSURANCE CAN GET A LITTLE COMPLICATED IF STAFF ARE USING THEIR PERSONAL VEHICLES FOR WORK. I KNOW THAT’S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT IN STATE AND TERRITORY. MY OWN PROGRAM FOR A SHORT TIME, SOMEBODY HAD DONATED SOME GAS CARDS, SOME GIVE CERTIFICATES TO THE GAS STATION THAT WE GAVE IT OUR SUPPORT GROUP MEMBERS THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO USE AND I AM SURE THEY USED THEM FOR GAS FOR A LOT OF OTHER PURPOSES AND WE WERE HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO HELP WITH THAT.>>ABSOLUTELY, HELPFUL IF THE SURVIVORS HAS THEIR OWN VEHICLE OR JUST TO GIVE TO SOMEONE IN THEIR SUPPORT SYSTEM WHO CAN GIVE THEM A RIDE IS VERY HELPFUL.>>UH-HUH.>>OKAY. SO FACILITATORS. OFTEN HAVING CHOOSE FACILITATORS I THINK IS IDEAL. THIS MAKES IT SO THAT YOU’RE ABLE TO SORT OF WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR DEEP BREATHING AND PLANNING PROP SESSIONS, YOU ARE ABLE TO COLLABORATE TOGETHER TO ENGAGE HOW THE GROUP IS DOING, TO BRAIN STORM IDEAS, TO DEBRIEF AFTERWARDS WITH SOMEONE THAT WAS THERE THE WHOLE TIME. ABSOLUTELY. AND THAT DURING THE GROUP, IF ONE PERSON CAN FACILITATE, THEN THE OTHER PERSON IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE, IF SOMEONE NEEDS TO LEAVE THE SPACE TO BE ALONE, TO HAVE, IF SOMETHING COMES UP OR IF SOMETHING IS PARTICULARLY TRIGGERING OR FEELING LIKE BEING IN THAT SPACE WITH THE OTHER SURVIVORS IS ISN’T FEELING WHAT IS HEALTHIEST OR SAFEST FOR THEM RIGHT NOW. YOU HAVE A SECOND FACILITATOR WHO’S ABLE TO TAKE THAT PERSON ASIDE AND TO HELP THEM WORK THROUGH THAT, THROUGH THE TRIGGERS THAT HAVE COME UP THROUGH SUPPORT GROUP. I KNOW IN RURAL COMMUNITIES, SOMETIMES I HAVE FACILITATED SUPPORT GROUPS WHERE YOU ONLY HAVE THREE PEOPLE SHOW UP, FOUR PEOPLE SHOW UP. SO SUDDENLY IF YOU HAVE TWO FACILITATORS AND FOUR PARTICIPANTS, YOU’RE DEFINITELY SATURATING THE GROUP WITH FACILITATORS WHICH CAN DEFINITELY FEEL A BIT AWKWARD SO IS THAT’S WHY I SAID TAILOR IT TO THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS. ALTHOUGH I THINK IT CAN BE HELPFUL AT SOME POINT TO MAYBE REALLY HAVE A SECOND PERSON AVAILABLE IN THE CENTER OR AT THE LOCATION THAT MAYBE IS NOT IN SUPPORT GROUP, BUT IS AVAILABLE DOING PAPER WORK AT THEIR DESK OR SOMETHING AND YOU CAN BRING THEM IN AND HAVE THAT OTHER PERSON, THAT STAFF MEMBER AVAILABLE TO HAVE THAT DEBRIEFING OR TO TALK TO THAT SURVIVOR AWAY FROM THE REST OF THE GROUP. MARKETING. SO, I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF RURAL MARKETING IS FOR YOU TO TALK IN THE CENTER AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS, TO FIGURE OUT WHERE PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY ARE GOING TO GET THEIR INFORMATION. I KNOW WHEN I WORKED ON THAT REALLY RURAL PROGRAM IN IOWA, WE HAD POSTERS AND FLIERS UP AT THE LOCAL WALMART AND ALL OF THE HAIR SALONS IN TOWN BECAUSE THAT IS WHERE PEOPLE WERE GOING, PEOPLE WERE GETTING THEIR INFORMATION ABOUT COMMUNITY EVENTS. AND SO, THAT’S WHERE WE WENT. AND SO, I THINK THAT YOU KNOW, USING SOCIAL MEDIA CAN BE HELPFUL, BUT OFTEN THAT FEELS LIKE A REALLY URBAN CONCEPT, THAT THE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY MIGHT NOT BE FOLLOWING YOUR LOCAL CENTER ON FACEBOOK. BUT THEY ARE GOING TO WALMART, AND THEY ARE GOING TO CHURCH AND THEY ARE USING THE PUBLIC LIBRARY AND THEY’RE GETTING GROCERIES. AND SO I THINK THAT CAN BE A REALLY GREAT PLACE TO ADVERTISE. AND ESPECIALLY IF YOU CAN TAP INTO SOME OF THOSE UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS, GOING TO THE LOCAL YOU KNOW, AFRICAN-AMERICAN BARBER AND PUTTING UP A SIGN, IF YOU CAN DO THAT, THEN MAYBE YOU’RE GOING TO TAP INTO A COMMUNITY THAT WASN’T BEING REACHED WITH ALL OF YOUR PREVIOUS MARKETING. CHRIS WAS TELLING ME THAT BEFORE I ARRIVED IN THE IOWA CASA THAT THERE HAD BEEN A CAMPAIGN TO TRAIN AFRICAN-AMERICAN SALONS AND BARBER SHOPS ON HOW TO RESPOND TO SEXUAL ASSAULT DISCLOSURES. AND I THINK THAT CAN BE REALLY HELPFUL BECAUSE SALONS, BARBERS, HAIR STYLIST CAN BE THE KINDS OF PEOPLE IN SMALL COMMUNITIES THAT, THAT GET TOLD ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN PERSONAL LIVES. THEY ARE A SAFE PERSON TO TALK TO. AND THEY FEEL LIKE SOMEONE YOU GO TO AND YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE KNOWN FOR A LONG TIME AND YOU TRUST. AND SO, OF COURSE, YOU ARE GOING TO TELL THEM ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN YOUR LIFE. SO BEING ABLE TO COLLABORATE WITH THOSE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS IS REALLY, REALLY GREAT. WHERE DO YOU GUYS MARKET IN YOUR RURAL COMMUNITIES? WHERE HAVE YOU PUT UP FLIERS OR PASSED OUT BROCHURES OR GONE TO SPEAK TO ORGANIZATIONS OR PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY TO TALK ABOUT YOUR SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT GROUP? JUST PUT IN THE CHAT BOX, THAT WOULD BE GREAT. I THINK THE ODDEST EXPERIENCE I HAD WAS RECORDING PSA’S ON THE RADIO BECAUSE EVERYONE LISTENED TO THE LOCAL RADIO STATION IN RURAL IOWA. AND THAT WAS NOT AS FUN AS TALKING TO YOU GUYS ON THIS WEBINAR.>>YEAH, YOU MENTIONED THE RADIO AND IT’S INTERESTING TO ME, I CAN’T REMEMBER WHERE I READ THIS. BUT IN RURAL COMMUNITIES, NEWSPAPERS AND RADIO STATIONS ARE STILL A REALLY POPULAR AND EFFECTIVE FORM OF MARKETING AND THEY’RE JUST NOT IN URBAN AREAS ANYMORE. BUT PEOPLE STILL READ THE PAPER IN RURAL AREAS AND LISTEN TO THE RADIO. WE SEE LOTS OF FOLKS WORKING WITH PHYSICIANS AND HEALTH DEPARTMENTS WHICH I THINK IS WONDERFUL BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE MIGHT DISCLOSE TO THEIR DOCTOR BUT NOT FEEL READY YET TO CALL THE HOTLINE. GROCERY STORES, WORKING WITH HOUSING FOLKS. COLLEGE CAMPUSES ARE HUGE. LIKE JANET, I AM A BIG FAN OF ADVERTISING IN BATHROOM STALLS. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, LEAH?>>YES, I AM. THAT SAFE SPACE WHERE YOU MIGHT BE ALONE FOR THE FIRST TIME OF YOUR DAY.>>YEAH, I TALKED TO ONE GIRL IN A PROGRAM ONCE, WHERE DEER HUNTING WAS A REALLY BIG PART OF THEIR CULTURE. EVERYONE IN THEIR COMMUNITY, JUST ABOUT EVERYONE IN THEIR COMMUNITY WAS BIG INTO HUNTING AND SO THEY DID SOME WORK WITH THE LOCAL HUNTING AND FISHING STORE. BECAUSE IN THEIR COMMUNITY THEY WERE GUARANTEED A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD SEE THEIR STUFF IN THE RESTROOM WHEN THEY WERE BUYING THEIR CAMOUFLAGE GEAR AND HUNTING RIFLES.>>HMM, I BET THAT WAS AN INTERESTING CONVERSATION WHEN THEY BOUGHT THAT. A WAY TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY. I LOVE THAT.>>YEAH. OH, CINDI PUT AN ESSAY GROUP INFORMATION ON MATCH BOOKS AND GIVING THEM TO LOCAL ESTABLISHMENTS.>>OH, I LOVE THAT.>>LOVE THAT, SO CREATIVE.>>OKAY. SO CONTINUING WITH MARKETING. I REALLY THINK IT’S TO PUT WHAT THE GROUP IS ABOUT AND WHO IS WELCOME. A LOT OF TIMES, I THINK THAT PEOPLE THAT SUPPORT GROUPS DRAW IN ARE THE PEOPLE THAT AREN’T SEEKING OUR SERVICES TYPICALLY ELSEWHERE. THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HAVING COUNSELING APPOINTMENTS, THAT ARE SEEKING MEDICAL ATTENTION AND WE’RE SEEING THAT MEDICAL FACILITIES AND WHO WE ARE DOING CIVIL OR CRIMINAL JUSTICE WITH, THEY ARE THE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT WERE SEXUAL ASSAULTED 20 YEARS AGO AND JUST WANTING TO START TALKING ABOUT IT. OR THINGS LIKE THAT. OFTEN I HAVE FOUND WITH WORKING WITH PEOPLE IN SUPPORT GROUPS, THEY ARE NOT SEEKING ANY OTHER SERVICE THAT MY CENTER IS PROVIDING OTHER THAN SUPPORT GROUPS. SO THEY’RE OFTEN NERVOUS ABOUT SEEKING SERVICES AND THEY DON’T KNOW MAYBE MUCH ABOUT OUR CENTER AND IF THEY ARE, IF THEY ARE RIGHT FOR SERVICES. OFTEN THE FIRST QUESTION I GET IS: YOU KNOW, I’M NOT REALLY SURE IF I WAS SEXUAL ASSAULTED OR NOT, BUT THIS SOUND REALLY INTERESTING AND I WANT TO BE A PART OF IT. SO I THINK DEFINITELY PUTTING OUT THERE ON ALL OF THE FLIERS OR BROCHURES WHAT THE GROUP IS ABOUT AND WHO IS WELCOME SO THAT ANY QUESTION THEY MIGHT HAVE IS SORT OF ANSWERED BEFORE THEY HAVE TO CALL. ABSOLUTELY INCORPORATING CONTACT INFORMATION SO THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO RSVP, THEY KNOW WHO TO CALL OR FOLLOW-UP WITH. I THINK IT IS CRUCIAL TO LEAVE OUT SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE GROUP WHETHER IT’S THE LOCATION OR THE TIME OR THE DAY THAT IT MEETS, JUST SEE THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO CALL TO GET MORE INFORMATION SO THAT YOU CAN START THE SCREENING PROCESS WHICH WE’LL TALK ABOUT IN A LITTLE BIT. I THINK SOMETIMES LEAVING OUT THE LOCATION, LITTLE PROBLEMATIC BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE SO OFTEN NERVOUS ABOUT THE LOCATION. SO MAYBE SAYING THAT IT IS IT A LOCAL CHURCH BUT NOT DEFINE WHICH ONE OR SAYING THAT IT HAPPENED AT YOUR CENTER ON TUESDAYS BUT NOT PUTTING THE TIME SO THAT THEY’RE SORT OF FORCED TO, TO CALL AND FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION AND THEN PUTTING WHAT THEY SHOULD EXPECT OR GET OUT OF THE GROUP. THESE FEEL BASIC BUT THEY ARE NECESSITIES ON ALL MARKETING INFORMATION AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS HIGHLIGHT THAT YOUR SERVICES ARE FREE OR CONFIDENTIAL OR IF THERE IS ANYTHING ELSE PROVIDED. IF YOU HAVE THE WONDERFUL GOOD FORTUNE TO BE BE ABLE TO PROVIDE CHILD CARE OR TRANSPORTATION OR THERE’S A MEAL PROVIDED, SOME OTHER SORT OF DRAW OR SOMETHING THAT YOUR CENTER IS ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT COULD BE HELPFUL, BE OVERCOMING A BARRIER THEY MAY HAVE TO GET INTO THE GROUP, LIKE NEEDING CHILD CARE OR TRANSPORTATION OR GET A FREE MEAL OUT OF IT FOR THEM OR THEIR KIDS, ALWAYS HIGHLIGHT THAT FOR SURE. THE SPACE WITHIN YOUR LOCATION. I THINK IT’S JUST AS IMPORTANT IN CHOOSING LOCATION, THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO MAKE THE SPACE AS COMFORTABLE AS POSSIBLE. SO I REALLY LOVE TO AVOID FLUORESCENT LIGHTING ALTHOUGH I KNOW THAT IS NOT ALWAYS HELPFUL. I’VE PROVIDED SUPPORT GROUPS WHERE I FEEL LIKE I AM BRINGING AN ENTIRE FURNISHED APARTMENT WITH ME WHEN I ARRIVE. SO PROVIDING PILLOWS OR BLANKETS, SNACKS, BEVERAGES, BEING ABLE TO REARRANGE THE SITTING SPACE, OF COURSE, ALWAYS RESPECTING THE ORGANIZATION YOU MIGHT BE BE COLLABORATING WITH AND REARRANGING BACK TO HOW THEY HAD IT WHEN YOU FIRST ARRIVED. BUT, BUT REALLY, YOU KNOW, TRANSFORMING THAT SPACE TO FEEL COZY AND WARM AND COMFORTABLE. YOU KNOW, CHANGING THE LIGHTING, PROVIDING TISSUES, BRINGING YOU KNOW, HOT WATER AND TEA CAN BE SO SIMPLE AND FAIRLY INEXPENSIVE, BUT CAN MAKE IT FEEL A LITTLE MORE HOMEY. WHAT HAVE ALL OF YOU GUYS DONE TO TRANSFORM YOUR SPACE OR THE LITTLE EXTRAS THAT MAKE YOUR SUPPORT GROUPS FEEL HOMEY OR COMFORTABLE OR MAKE PEOPLE FEEL A LITTLE BIT SAFER? JUST ADD THAT IN THE CHAT BOX. CALMING MUSIC. OH, YEAH, I LIKE THAT. FOOD SEEMS TO BE VERY POPULAR. ABSOLUTELY, DEFINITELY GETS PEOPLE VERY COMFORTABLE.>>NOTE THAT DEBORAH RECOMMENDED USING LAVENDER. THAT IS SUCH A CALMING SENSE. WE KNOW THAT NEUROLOGICALLY SPEAKING, LIKE LAVENDER JUST WORKS MAGIC ON THE BRAIN. EMILY’S DOING A KID’S GROUP AT THE SAME TIME AS THE WOMEN’S GROUP SO THAT THE KIDS AUTOMATICALLY HAVE SOMEWHERE TO GO.>>WELL, THAT’S GREAT. LAMP LIGHTING. CINDI WROTE THAT. I LOVE THAT. I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF LAMP LIGHTING. FLUORESCENT JUST FEELS CLINICAL SOMETIMES. FOOD DONATED BY RESTAURANTS AND CHURCHES. I LOVE THAT, TOO, GETTING THE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT SO THAT SURVIVORS AREN’T JUST FEEL LIKE THEY ARE SUPPORTED BY THE OTHER SURVIVORS IN THE ROOM AND AGENCY THAT ITS HAPPENING AT BUT ALSO THE OUTSIDE COMMUNITY AS WELL WITH GETTING RESTAURANTS AND CHURCHES INVOLVED. I LOVE THAT.>>I LOVE THAT JANET IS GIVING PEOPLE COLORING SHEETS AND MARKERS. IT’S SO NICE TO HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH YOUR HANDS ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE STRESSED OUT. I THINK IT WAS SHELLEY’S DOING THAT, TOO. TRICA MENTIONED EARLIER WORKING IN A TRAVEL PROGRAM, THEY DO A BEADING NIGHT, I BELIEVE TRICAN EXPLAINED, AND I KNOW THAT ONE OF OUR LOCAL CULTURALLY SPECIFIC PROGRAMS IN IOWA THAT WORKS WITH ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER’S SURVIVORS, THEY DO SEWING CIRCLES. AND IT’S JUST HAVING THAT LITTLE SOMETHING ELSE TO DO THAT CAN MAKE IT A LITTLE SAFER TO TALK. ARCELLI IS ASKING ABOUT LATINAS NOT AS EASY TO CONVINCE TO COME TO GROUPS. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS THAT SPECIFICALLY FOR THEM? ARCELLI, IF OTHER FOLKS DON’T HAVE IDEAS TO SHARE IN THE CHAT BOX, WE CAN PROVIDE SOME REALLY SPECIFIC TA AFTER THE CALL WITH COLLEAGUES WHO DOES SUPPORT GROUPS FOR LATINAS.>>OKAY, SO THE SCREENING PROCESS. SO JUST REALLY QUICK COULD YOU PUT IN THE TEXT BOX IF YOUR ORGANIZATION CURRENTLY HAS A SCREENING PROCESS FOR YOUR SUPPORT GROUPS OR NOT. ACTUALLY IF WE JUST WANT TO DO FEEDBACK, YES, YOU HAVE A SCREENING PROCESS, OR NO, YOU DO NOT. [SILENCE] OKAY, SO IT’S ABOUT HALF-AND-HALF WITH A FEW MORE PEOPLE HAVING SCREENING PROCESS. SO I THINK SCREENING IS REALLY IMPORTANT BEFORE, BEFORE ALLOWING THE SURVIVORS TO START TO COME TO YOUR GROUP. IT IS REALLY HELPFUL TO BE ABLE TO FIND OUT, HAVE THEY BEEN TO A SUPPORT GROUP BEFORE? IS THIS A NEW SUPPORT SYSTEM OR COPING TECHNIQUE THAT THEY’RE UTILIZING. ARE THEY CURRENTLY SEEING A COUNSELLOR OR THERAPIST? DO THEY HAVE OTHER SUPPORT SYSTEMS OUTSIDE OF GROUP? WHERE ARE THEY IN THEIR HEALING? BE ABLE TO ASCERTAIN YOU KNOW, IS THIS, MAYBE NOT NECESSARILY WHEN THE ASSAULT OR ASSAULTS HAPPENED, BUT WHERE THEY ARE IN THEIR HEALING BECAUSE SOMEONE THAT WAS SEXUAL ASSAULTED 20 YEARS AGO CAN FEEL JUST AS FRESH AS IF IT HAPPENED YESTERDAY. YOU’RE ABLE TO GIVE THEM A LITTLE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THE GROUP IS ABOUT AND WHAT THE PURPOSE IS AND FIND OUT FROM THEM IN THEIR OWN WORDS, WHY THEY WERE INTERESTED IN SUPPORT GROUP AND HOPING TO GET OUT OF IT TO MAKE SURE IT’S THE RIGHT FIT. BECAUSE MAYBE ANOTHER, YOU KNOW, RESOURCE WOULD BE ACTUALLY MORE APPLICABLE TO WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING FOR. MAYBE THEY WOULD BE LOOKING MORE FOR A ONE-ON-ONE COUNSELING EXPERIENCE. OR IF YOU FIND OUT, THEY DON’T HAVE ANY OTHER SUPPORT SYSTEM, YOU’RE ABLE TO PROVIDE RESOURCES, THERAPY RESOURCES, OR MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES OUTSIDE OF SUPPORT GROUP, AND THAT CAN BE REALLY HELPFUL, JUST TO ORIENT THEM TO WHAT YOUR CENTER DOES AND WHAT KINDS OF SERVICES YOU HAVE AVAILABLE AT YOUR CENTER. BECAUSE LIKE I SAID, I THINK PEOPLE SEEKING SUPPORT GROUPS, MAYBE THEY HAVE NEVER REACHED OUT TO YOUR CENTER BEFORE. THIS MIGHT BE THE FIRST SERVICE THEY’VE EVER HEARD OF. AND ALSO HELPFUL TO JUST TELL THEM SUPER BASIC THINGS ABOUT THE GROUP. WHERE TO PARK. HOW TO GET INTO THE BUILDING. WHO MIGHT BE PRESENT MIGHT BE HELPFUL. OBVIOUSLY WITH CONFIDENTIALITY. I KNOW PEOPLE ESPECIALLY IN RURAL COMMUNITIES MIGHT BE WONDERING IF THEY’RE GOING TO KNOW ANYONE ELSE IN THE GROUP. BUT OBVIOUSLY WITH CONFIDENTIALITY, WE CAN’T TELL THEM THAT, BUT YOU CAN SAY ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU MIGHT BE EXPECTING OR ANOTHER PERSON AT THE CENTER THAT THEY MAY HAVE MET, ANOTHER VOLUNTEER OR CO-WORKER THEY MAY HAVE MET THAT WILL ALSO BE HELPING FACILITATE CAN BE HELPFUL TO ALLEVIATE FEARS EVEN BEFORE PEOPLE WALK IN THE DOOR. AND BEING ABLE TO MEET YOU IN PERSON FOR THE FIRST SORT OF SCREENING PROCESS. AND WHEN THEY WALK IN SUPPORT GROUP THE FIRST DAY, THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE A FRIENDLY FACE THAT THEY HAVE SEEN BEFORE RIGHT WHEN THEY WALK IN THE ROOM. SO CURRICULA OR RESOURCES. THERE IS A NOW THAT I LISTED THAT I HAVE FOUND HELPFUL IN THE PAST. SEEKING SAFETY IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH AND I LISTED THAT THE HYPER LINK OF WHERE TO GET “SEEKING SAFETY”. OBVIOUSLY YOU CAN’T GET IT WITHIN THIS WEBINAR, BUT WHEN WE SEND RESOURCES, WHEN THIS WEBINAR IS OVER, YOU’LL BE ABLE TO CLICK THE HYPER LINK. IT’S REALLY HELPFUL I THINK FOR SUPPORT GROUPS SURROUNDING SUBSTANCE ABUSE OR WHERE A LOT OF THE WOMEN THAT ARE PARTICIPATING, OR A LOT OF THE PEOPLE PARTICIPATING HAVE USED SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN THE PAST OR PRESENTLY AS COPING TECHNIQUES. CIRCLE OF HOPE IS REALLY ON THE WEBSITE IS A HELPFUL CURRICULA THAT I FOUND AND ALSO REALLY BREAKS DOWN IN A VERY CLEAR WAY PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL GROUPS WHAT THEY ARE ALL ABOUT AND WHY THEY’RE SO HELPFUL.>>ONE OF THE THINGS I LIKE ABOUT “CIRCLE OF HOPE” IS THAT THEY HAVE VERSIONS FOR A SEXUAL ASSAULT GROUP VERSIONS FOR SURVIVORS OF INTIMATE PARTNER SEXUAL VIOLENCE. THEY HAVE ONE FOR TEEN SURVIVORSES AND ONE FOR PARENTS OF TEEN SURVIVORS. SO IT’S NICE THAT IT’S ALL JUST KIND OF READY FOR YOU.>>ABSOLUTELY. “TRAUMA RECOVERY AND EMPOWERMENT” BY MAXINE HARRIS IS A REALLY HELPFUL READ. IT’S NOT ITS OWN CURRICULA, BUT CAN BE HELPFUL IN SORT OF EDUCATING YOU ABOUT SUPPORT GROUPS AND COME AWAY WITH SORT OF GOOD TIPS AND IDEAS ABOUT SUPPORT GROUPS MUCH. “GROWING BEYOND SURVIVAL” IS SIMILAR TO “TRAUMA RECOVERY AND EMPOWERMENT” BY MAXINE HARRIS IN THAT IT IS JUST A HELPFUL BOOK RESOURCE, NOT REALLY A CURRICULA, BUT HELPFUL IN SORT OF COLORING YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH SUPPORT GROUPS. “THE POWER OF SOCIAL CONNECTION” WHICH IS ON MC-CASA’S WEBSITE IS REALLY, REALLY HELPFUL. I THINK IT’S A REALLY, REALLY GREAT BREAK DOWN OF, A LOT OF THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE YOU START A SUPPORT GROUP AND THE THINGS THAT GO INTO DIFFERENT CURRICULA WHICH IS REALLY INTERESTING. AND OF COURSE, “THE COURTESY HILL” WHICH I THINK WE ALL KNOW ABOUT. I THINK IT CAN BE HELPFUL TO PULL FROM IN CREATING YOUR OWN SUPPORT GROUP. AND THEY ALSO HAVE A WORK BOOK AND A THIRD BOOK WHICH IS CALLED “ALLIES IN HEALING” WHICH WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL IF YOU WANTED TO PUT TOGETHER A SUPPORT GROUP SPECIFICALLY FOR SECONDARY SURVIVORS. SO NEXT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT CURRICULA, CREATING YOUR OWN CURRICULA. BECAUSE I THINK IT CAN BE GREAT TO FOLLOW “CIRCLE OF OF HOPE” OR “SEEKING SAFETY” IF THOSE ARE WORKING FOR YOUR COMMUNITY AND THE SURVIVORS THAT YOU ARE WORKING WITH, THAT’S GREAT. BUT ALSO SOMETIMES, WE CAN’T ALWAYS FIND THE PERFECT CURRICULUM FOR THE KIND OF GROUP THAT WE WANT TO HAVE OR THAT IS WORKING IN THE COMMUNITY, AND IT IS TOTALLY OKAY TO CREATE YOUR OWN. I THINK THAT ESPECIALLY IN, IF YOU’RE ABLE TO READ A LOT OF THE RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE LISTED, LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER CURRICULA THAT ARE OUT THERE, AND THEN PULLING THINGS THAT YOU THINK MIGHT BE HELPFUL AND JUST SORT OF CREATING YOUR OWN AND SEEING WHAT’S WORKING FOR YOUR PARTICULAR SUPPORT GROUP OR THE SURVIVORS THAT ARE SHOWING UP TO YOUR SUPPORT GROUP. I THINK INCORPORATING ACTIVITIES AND ART PROJECTS IS ALWAYS HELPFUL AND CREATES AND PROMOTES BONDING WITHIN THE GROUP. AND PROVIDING SOME SORT OF CHECK IN QUESTION OR A TOPIC THAT YOU PREPLANNED YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT WEEK. AND HAVING A REALLY FACILITATED DIALOGUE AND DOING, ACTUALLY DOING FACILITATION AND PUTTING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE AND EDUCATING THE GROUP CAN BE HELPFUL ABOUT SPECIFIC TRAUMA ISSUES SPECIFICALLY.>>LEAH, THERE IS A QUESTION FROM LAURIE. LAURIE’S COMMUNITY RESIDENTS ARE VERY PRIVATE, DON’T ALWAYS WANT OTHERS TO KNOW THAT THEY’VE BEEN THROUGH CERTAIN THINGS. SO I THINK IN SOME WAYS CREATING YOUR OWN CURRICULA AND DOING A ONE-TIME SUPPORT GROUP CAN HELP CREATE THAT SENSE OF, SOME SENSE OF SAFETY IN THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO REALLY DELVE DEEPLY INTO WHAT HAPPENED. WE CAN TALK ABOUT SOME TOOLS OR RESOURCES LIKE YOGA OR ART, IT ALSO SEEMS TO ME THAT A HUGE PART OF YOUR MARKETING IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE BE ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY AND PRIVACY AND SAFETY TO REALLY REASSURE PEOPLE. AND LEAH, I DON’T KNOW, YOU HAVE ANOTHER — WHAT OTHER FOLKS HAVE?>>ABSOLUTELY. AND IF OTHERS WANT TO TYPE IN THE CHAT BOX, I’M SURE LAURIE WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE SOME FEEDBACK IN THE CHAT BOX. I ABSOLUTELY AGREE WITH WHAT KRIS IS SAYING. I THINK THAT CREATING LIKE A HOLISTIC HEALING OR AN ART’S BASED GROUP, PULLING IN SURVIVORS USING YOGA OR ANY OF THE OTHER THINGS, ART, MUSIC, OUTDOORS, SO THAT THERE CAN BE A DIALOGUE COMPONENT TO GROUP. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO MAKE UP YOU KNOW, THE BULK OF WHAT THAT GROUP LOOKS LIKE. SO YOU DON’T ALWAYS HAVE TO SHARE IN GREAT DETAIL YOUR STORY OR EVERYTHING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO YOU TO TALK ABOUT HOW IT IS AFFECTING YOU NOW. ESPECIALLY WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS, SO MUCH OF THE TRAUMA TOOK PLACE IN THE BODY. SO DOING THINGS LIKE YOGA, OR MEDITATION OR CREATING A GROUP WHERE YOU GO, I KNOW, I DID A RURAL GROUP WHERE WE WENT HORSEBACK RIDING. THAT CAN BE REALLY HELPFUL IN GETTING YOUR BODY INCLUDED AND PEOPLE DIDN’T HAVE TO TALK WITH ONE ANOTHER OR KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WE HAD ALL BEEN THROUGH TOGETHER. BUT COULD HAVE A COLLECTIVE BONDING EXPERIENCE THAT WAS MORE HOLISTIC WHICH WAS REALLY INTERESTING.>>PEOPLE ARE DOING LOTS OF GREAT ART ARE PROJECTS.>>OH, YEAH. SO AND LEADING RIGHT INTO THAT ALSO WOULD BE HAVING THE FIRST GROUP TALKING ABOUT GROUP AGREEMENT. AND ABSOLUTELY, THE MARKETING ASPECT FOR YOUR COMMUNITY SPECIFICALLY, AND HIGHLIGHTING THE CONFIDENTIALITY AND THEN REALLY MODELLING RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE VERY FIRST GROUP WHAT, YOU KNOW, THIS GROUP IS CONFIDENTIAL AND HOW ARE WE GOING TO TREAT EACH OTHER? HOW ARE WE GOING TO SHOW THAT RESPECT TO ONE ANOTHER THAT WHAT IS SAID IN THIS GROUP, STAYS IN THIS GROUP. BEING ABLE TO TALK ABOUT WHAT LANGUAGE IS RESPECTFUL OR HOW TO APPROPRIATELY ADDRESS OTHER PEOPLE. MAYBE YOU EVEN WANT TO TALK ABOUT IN THE FIRST GROUP, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU SEE EACH OTHER OUTSIDE OF GROUP, DOES EVERYONE WANT STAYS GO AROUND AND SAY HOW THEY WOULD LIKE STAYS BE ADDRESSED? IF I SEE YOU IN THE GROCERY STORE, HOW DO YOU WANT ME STAYS RESPOND? DO YOU WANT ME TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOU? DO YOU WANT ME TO JUST WALK ON BY BECAUSE YOU KNOW, THERE MIGHT BE NO OTHER REASON TO KNOW EACH OTHER OTHER THAN THIS GROUP? THINGS LIKE THAT. AND DEFINITELY BEING ABLE TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION TOGETHER, THAT COLLECTIVE BUY IN, AND BRAIN STORMING SESSION TOGETHER ABOUT, ABOUT WHAT WE WANT THE GROUP TO BE ABOUT AND HOW WE WANT TO SHOW RESPECT TO EACH OTHER CAN BE REALLY HELPFUL AND REALLY HAVING A VERY POINTED CONVERSATION ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY I THINK IS HELPFUL.>>YEAH, I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU ALL, BUT CONFIDENTIALITY IS I THINK ONE OF THE HARDEST PARTS OF DOING RURAL WORK AND SO IT’S SO IMPORTANT IN OUR SUPPORT GROUPS TO HAVE REALLY DETAILED CONVERSATIONS ABOUT OUR EXPECTATIONS ABOUT PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY TO MAKE SURE THAT GROUP MEMBERS AREN’T ACCIDENTALLY OR INTENTIONALLY BREACHING OTHERS PRIVACY.>>UH-HUH, YEAH. AND ALONG THAT SAME VEIN, THAT FIRST SESSION, GROUP AGREEMENT’S CONVERSATION YOU KNOW HOW PEOPLE WANT TO ADDRESS EACH OTHER, WHAT BRINGS THEM TO THE GROUP AND REALLY MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND YOU CAN SHARE AS LITTLE OR AS MUCH AS YOU WANT. WHERE YOU ARE IN YOUR HEALING PROCESS SO PEOPLE CAN REALLY GET A SENSE OF WHAT EVERYONE IS GOING THROUGH, BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO NECESSARILY OUTLINE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU. AND SOME SORT OF ICEBREAKER TO BOND PEOPLE TOGETHER. BECAUSE IF YOU ONLY HAVE A 6 OR 8 WEEK SESSION, IF YOU ARE WASTING THE FIRST 2 OR 3, JUST TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO OPEN UP, THAT, THAT CAN FEEL DIFFICULT. SO REALLY TRYING TO CREATE SOMETHING RIGHT IN THE BEGINNING OF YOUR SUPPORT GROUP ON THE FIRST DAY THAT SORT OF BONDS PEOPLE TOGETHER. IN THE PAST, I KNOW, I HAVE DONE COLLECTIVE ART PROJECTS ON THAT FIRST DAY SO THAT WE ARE COLLECTIVELY MAKING SOMETHING THAT HAS REALLY HELPED. WHAT YOU HAVE GUYS DONE AS SORT OF ICEBREAKERS ON YOUR FIRST GROUP OR COLLECTIVE PROJECTS TO GET PEOPLE TO SORT OF OPEN UP OR BOND WITH ONE ANOTHER? JUST TYPE THAT IN THE CHAT BOX. [SILENCE] [SILENCE] OKAY, SO WE’LL GO ON TO DEBRIEFING. I THINK THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT AFTER EVERY GROUP AND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER GROUP TO BE ABLE TO TALK WITH YOUR CO-WORKER OR YOUR CO-FACILITATOR OR SUPERVISOR OF HOW YOUR GROUP WENT AND HOW PEOPLE SEEM TO BE RESPONDING. IF YOU MAYBE HAVE A SUPPORT GROUP AND IT ENDS AT 9:00 AT NIGHT, YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO CALL YOUR SUPERVISOR AT 9:15. THEY WOULDN’T APPRECIATE THAT. BUT JOTTING DOWN NOTES TO YOURSELF ABOUT HOW GROUP WENT, WHAT WORKED FOR THAT PARTICULAR GROUP, HOW PEOPLE SEEMED TO BE RESPONDING TO THE MATERIAL, BECAUSE EVEN IF YOU HAVE A SET CURRICULUM THAT YOU’RE USING, IT MIGHT NOT WORK FOR EVERY GROUP. YOU MIGHT NEED TO SORT OF TWEAK HERE AND THERE WHAT PEOPLE SEEM TO BE RESPONDING TO. AND THEN GETTING THE FEEDBACK FROM PARTICIPANTS ABOUT WHAT TOPICS MIGHT BE WHAT THEY MIGHT BE LOOKING FOR, MIGHT BE DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU HAD PLANNED, BUT BEING ABLE TO HAVE THAT SORT OF FLEXIBILITY AND HEARING BACK FROM PARTICIPANTS OF HOW THEY ARE USING THE GROUP. AND THEN THIS SORT OF IDEA OF A LAST SESSION TOGETHER, WHAT HAPPENS AFTER? BECAUSE I THINK FOR SO MANY SURVIVORS YOU WHAT CAN LIKE A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE OF COLLECTIVE HEALING THAT YOU’VE JUST CREATED ALL OF THESE BONDS WITH PEOPLE OVER THE LAST 6 OR 8 OR 12 WEEKS AND NOW IT’S ALL GOING TO GO AWAY. HAVING AN INTENTIONAL CONVERSATION IN THAT LAST SESSION OR THROUGHOUT THE SESSION, WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WHEN THE GROUP IS OVER? WHAT AM I GOING TO TAKE FROM THIS GROUP? HOW AM I GOING TO CONTINUE MY HEALING AND THAT’S WHY I THINK IT CAN BE GREAT IT HAVE SOME SORT OF CRAFT OR ART PROJECT TO TAKE WITH THEM THAT CAN BE A TANGIBLE REPRESENTATION OF HOW FAR THEY WENT IN THEIR HEALING OR WHAT THEY GATHERED FROM GROUP. SOME SORT OF CELEBRATION OR PARTY OR YOU KNOW, CERTIFICATE THAT, THAT HAS THEM MAKE IT FEEL MORE LIKE A GRADUATION. LEAVING THEM ALONE TO BE ABLE TO EXCHANGE CONTACT INFORMATION IF THAT IS WHAT THEY WANT, SO THAT NO ONE FEELS OBLIGATED TO EXCHANGE CONTACT INFORMATION, BUT IF THEY WANT TO CONTINUE FORMING FRIENDSHIPS OR HEALING SUPPORT NETWORKS WITH ONE ANOTHER, THAT THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THAT. VOLUNTEERING INFORMATION. I REALIZE THAT NOT ALL CENTERS HAVE THE SAME POLICY ON VOLUNTEERING, BUT SO OFTEN SURVIVORS ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY HAVE MADE, YOU KNOW, A DENT IN THEIR HEALING PROCESS WANT TO GIVE BACK OR FEEL SO MUCH GRATITUDE AFTER THE WONDERFUL HEALING THAT THEIR SUPPORT GROUP BROUGHT THEM, THAT THEY WANT TO KNOW HOW TO VOLUNTEER WITH OR START TO VOLUNTEER WITH YOUR ORGANIZATION. SO EVEN IF YOUR ORGANIZATION HAS SOME SORT OF POLICY OF HOW LONG THEY HAVE TO WAIT, BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION AT THE LAST GROUP SO THAT THEY KNOW HOW MUCH TIME HAS TO PASS, OR WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO BEGIN VOLUNTEERING WITH YOUR ORGANIZATION, I THINK CAN BE REALLY HELPFUL.>>LEAH, IN TERMS OF WHAT’S NEXT, THERESA HAD A QUESTION A LITTLE WHILE BACK ABOUT CLOSING GROUP FOR EACH NIGHT AND HOW WE KIND OF END GROUP AND SEND PEOPLE BACK OUT INTO THE WORLD. SO I’M WONDERING WHAT THOUGHTS YOU HAVE ABOUT THAT, BUT ALSO WHAT THOUGHTS EVERYONE ELSE HAS ABOUT ENDING EACH GROUP SESSION?>>ABSOLUTELY, YES. IF PEOPLE COULD PUT THEIR THOUGHTS IN THE CHAT BOX ABOUT THAT. I LOVE TO HAVE SOME SORT OF RITUAL THAT SORT OF BUILDS SOME PEACE WITH ONE ANOTHER BEFORE HEADING BACK BE OUT IN TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. SO IT REALLY DEPENDS ON YOUR GROUP. IN THE PAST, I HAD A DECK OF CARDS THAT HAD DIFFERENT SELF CARE IDEAS ON THEM. AND PEOPLE COULD SORT OF WITHOUT LOOKING CHOOSE ONE, READ WHAT THEY GOT TO THE GROUP AND TALK ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS TO THEM IN THE HEALING PROCESS. JUST 2 OR 3 SENTENCES OF HOW THEY’RE GOING TO USE THAT THIS WEEK OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. SOME POSITIVE LOOKING FORWARD. I’VE REALLY ENJOYED USING THAT. IT LOOKS LIKE EMILY PASSES AROUND A POSITIVE QUOTE’S JAR. I LIKE THAT IDEA, ABSOLUTELY. OR SAYING A POEM THAT YOU ALWAYS SAY AT THE END OF GROUP, THINGS LIKE THAT ARE REALLY HELPFUL.>>I KNOW IN SOME GROUPS I’VE DONE, JUST A REALLY QUICK CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT IN THE BEGINNING AND END OF EACH GROUP. WE WOULD GO AROUND REALLY QUICKLY AND SAY ONE WORD OR TWO HOW WE ARE DOING TO THE GROUP. AND THEN A WORD OR TWO ABOUT HOW WE’RE DOING AT THE END OF GROUP.>>YEAH, I LOVE THAT.>>A REALLY QUICK CHECK IN WITH ONE ANOTHER.>>AND LASTLY, JUST TALKING ABOUT FEEDBACK AND EVALUATION. SO ASKING VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS ABOUT HOW YOUR PUBLICITY. TO SEE IF IT’S REACHING THE BROADEST RANGE OF AUDIENCE. IF YOU’RE ASKING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR FAMILY OR VOLUNTEERS, HAVE YOU SEWN ANYTHING AROUND TOWN? I’VE BEEN PUTTING THINGS UP. HAVE YOU NOTICED IT? TO FIND OUT IF YOUR MARKETING IS WORKING REALLY WELL AND REACHING ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF SURVIVORS YOU COULD BE REACHING. FREQUENTLY AND INTENTIONALLY COMMUNICATING WITH THE SURVIVORS IN YOUR SUPPORT GROUPS AND ALSO JUST THAT ARE SEEKING SERVICES IN YOUR CENTER TO FIND OUT WHAT KIND OF SERVICES ARE THEY THINKING GOING TO BE MOST HELPFUL? ARE THEY REALLY — WHAT’S KEEPING THEM FROM ATTENDING A SUPPORT GROUP? IF IT’S SOMETHING SIMPLE YOU CAN FIX, THEN THAT’S GREAT. FINDING ANONYMOUS FEEDBACK FORMS AT THE END OF SUPPORT GROUPS SO THAT PEOPLE CAN ANONYMOUSLY PUT WHAT THEY LIKED ABOUT THE GROUP AND WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE CHANGED. OR TO PUBLICLY MAYBE AT THAT LAST SESSION TALK ABOUT KEEP LOSE, START. SO WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT HOW THIS SESSION WENT. WHAT WAS NOT WORKING. AND WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE START, START TO CHANGE GOING FORWARD ABOUT OTHER SUPPORT GROUPS. BUT DEFINITELY HAVING THAT INTENTIONAL CONVERSATION WITH SURVIVORS ABOUT WHAT’S WORKING ABOUT YOUR SERVICES FOR THEM. AND THAT IS ALL THAT I HAVE FOR YOU TODAY. [LAUGHTER]>>SINCE WE’RE A LARGE GROUP, I’M NOT GOING TO UNMUTE THE PHONE LINES BECAUSE THAT CAN GET A LITTLE CHAOTIC. BUT WE DO HAVE A FEW MINUTES LEFT IF FOLKS HAVE QUESTIONS OR WANT TO SHARE OTHER IDEAS IN THE CHAT BOX. WE DO HAVE A FEW MORE MINUTES TO KEEP TALKING. SHARON, ABSOLUTELY. AFTER THE WEBINAR, WE’LL SEND YOU A LINK TO THE SLIDES AND AN EVALUATION OF THE WEBINAR. GLADYS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US TODAY. [LAUGHTER]>>THANK YOU, GLADYS, YEAH. [SILENCE] THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR ATTENDING. I HAD A LOT OF FUN. THIS IS MY CONTACT INFORMATION. JUST [email protected] THERE’S A BUNCH OF OTHER RESOURCES, PUBLICATIONS, ARCHIVES AND WEBINARS LISTED ON THE RESOURCE SHARING PROJECT WEBSITE. PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION THAT YOU NEED TO GET ME OR ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU WANTED FOLLOW-UP TO. I WOULD LOVE TO TALK MORE. I LOVE SUPPORT GROUPS SO YOU CAN’T REALLY STOP ME TALKING ABOUT THEM.>>YEAH, IF THERE’S ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO HELP WITH YOUR RURAL SERVICES, JUST US A CALL. LEAH’S HERE FOR WHAT EVER YOU MIGHT NEED. SO IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS, WE’RE DOING OUR NEXT WEBINAR ON VICARIOUS TRAUMA AND EMPOWERING OURSELVES. THAT WILL BE SEPTEMBER 30TH. IF YOU HAVEN’T REGISTERED FOR THAT, WE’LL BE SURE TO SEND OUT THE INFORMATION. AND WE’VE GOT A FEW MORE LATER ON THIS FALL SO WE’LL BE IN TOUCH WITH ALL OF THAT. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR THE BEAUTIFUL WORK THAT YOU’RE DOING AND WE’LL TALK AGAIN ON THE NEXT WEBINAR.>>THANKS.

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