Support Groups & Workshops

Many survivors feel like they don’t have anyone to talk to about their experiences with sexual violence. Support groups offer a safe space to talk to people with similar experiences. Our groups give survivors the opportunity to support and encourage each other.

We offer discussion-based groups and activity-focused groups. Each group is led by two trained facilitators who have experience working with survivors of sexual violence. Most groups have only 5-10 members and meet weekly for 8-12 weeks. Once they begin, groups are closed to new members. We also offer short-term workshops that focus on a particular topic or activity.

If you are interested in joining a group or workshop, call our help line at 866-WE LISTEN or 919-967-7273 or email us at We can tell you about upcoming opportunities and how they work. All our groups and workshops are free and confidential.

Upcoming Groups & Workshops:


Journaling Without Lines: An arts-based workshop series for survivors

– Tuesday, Sept. 20 – Quotes
– Tuesday, Oct. 18 – Poetry
– Tuesday, Nov. 15 – Music
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

The Center and HappymessART Studios are jointly offering a three-part art journaling workshop series for survivors of sexual violence and abuse. Each month we will combine visual art activities with writing prompts that promote healing and self-care. This is an opportunity to express yourself and explore your inner artist in a safe space. Participants are welcome to join one or more sessions. These workshops are for people of all gender identities and expressions. All levels of artistic and writing ability welcome.

Contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Monthly Self-Care Workshops for Survivors

When: Every 3rd Sunday of the month
Time: 2-4pm
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

Each month focuses on a different tool for self-care or self-exploration to help you on your healing journey. The goal of these workshops is to provide an opportunity to learn and practice self-care skills together. Survivors of all genders are welcome to attend.

Fall 2016 Workshop Schedule:

August 21  |  Meditation & Mindfulness

Stress is a normal part of life, and when we experience a trauma our stress levels often increase and become more difficult to cope with. Meditation is a tool that we can use to transform stress into learning, resilience, self-confidence, and, ultimately, inner peace. In this workshop Ethan will teach participants traditional principles and techniques of meditating on the breath and meditating on positive states of mind. We will also discuss ways to practice mindfulness, patience, and compassion in our daily activities. All levels of experience with meditation are welcome. Space is limited, so please register ASAP!

September 18  |  Let’s Talk Self-Care

What is “self-care”? What does self-care look like in your life? What are you doing and what would you like to be doing? What prevents you from taking the time to care for YOU? In this workshop we will dig deeper into the concept of self-care. Participants will have a chance to discuss, make customized self-care plans, and re-commit themselves to personal mental health.

October 16  |  An Afternoon with Pups

Join us for a laid-back afternoon of puppy petting, play, and canine companionship. Volunteers with UNC PAWS will be bringing puppies to OCRCC from the Puppy Development Center, where they train to become service dogs. Spending time with dogs has been shown to decrease trauma survivor’s anxiety, improve their sleep, and decrease loneliness. Don’t miss this opportunity for some canine attention! Space is limited, so register ASAP! This workshop is not recommended for people with dog allergies or sensitivities.

November 20  |  Zen Meditation

This trauma-informed meditation workshop will introduce novices to the practice of being in the moment with their thoughts and offer veterans a chance to practice with other survivors. Kye will guide participants through seated and walking meditations, grounded in Zen practice. Participants are welcome (not required) to bring cushions, blankets, etc. Space is limited, so register ASAP!

Pre-registration is required for each workshop. Space is limited. Please contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

If the specific group you are interested in is not currently available, please call us at 866-WE LISTEN or email for information about other options:

  • Notification by mail, email, or phone of the next available group.
  • Information about groups and therapy available in the community.
  • One-on-one support services.

Examples of groups we regularly offer:

  • Groups for survivors of incest or child sexual abuse
  • Groups for male survivors of sexual violence
  • Groups for survivors of rape or sexual assault
  • Groups for LGBTQ survivors
  • Workshops for family members, partners, and friends of sexual violence survivors
  • “Healing with Nature” group that utilizes horticultural therapy techniques
  • Groups and workshops that use arts and crafts
  • Groups and workshops that focus on movement, yoga, dance, and/or the mind-body connection
  • 24-Hour Help Line:

    • 866-WE-LISTEN (866-935-4783)
    • 919-967-7273 (Local)
    • 919-338-0746 (TTY)