Upcoming Groups & Workshops:
Support Group for LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Violence
When: 6-8 pm on Tuesdays, July 12 – August 30
Where: LGBTQ Center of Durham
The Center is offering a support group for adult LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual assault and abuse. This group is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences of sexual violence in a safe and affirming space. This is a group for people of all gender identities and expressions.
Please note that advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. Pre-meetings are happening now. Contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at email@example.com or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.
Healing Through Art: A Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence
When: 6:30-8:30 pm on Thursdays, July 28 – September 1
The Center is offering an arts & crafts support group for female survivors of sexual violence and abuse. We will meet weekly for six sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to complete projects that promote healing and self-care. We will also have time to discuss and process feelings that arise while completing these projects. This workshop is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences of sexual violence. People of all levels of artistic ability are welcome. All materials will be provided.
Please note that advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. Pre-meetings are happening now. For more information or to register, contact Bethany at 919-968-4647 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monthly Self-Care Workshops for Survivors
When: Every 3rd Sunday of the month
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.
Summer 2016 Workshop Schedule:
June 26 (Date changed!) | Empowerment Through Coloring
Join us for an afternoon for coloring! It’s not just an activity for children. Coloring can help you de-stress, ground, and express yourself. We will use coloring sheets that incorporate inspiring, motivational, and empowering phrases for survivors. So whether you’re already using coloring for self-care or whether it’s new to you, this will be a great opportunity to intentionally set aside time for self-care. All materials will be provided.
July 17 | Mapping Our Journey
Hidden Voices and the OCRCC will facilitate a workshop for survivors to create ink-washed maps exploring the journey and impact of trauma and sexual assault. Participants will explore art and map-making by charting their own healing journey through writing, collage, and geography. Each map is an exploration of identity, place, and power. Participants can opt to have their maps displayed at an interactive exhibit. The exhibit will include audio and transcribed oral histories with survivors and service providers, public performances by survivors, digital media pieces, and policy recommendation documents. Collectively, the maps represent the pervasive impact sexual violence has on our communities and culture. You can learn more about the art project at HiddenVoices.org.
This workshop will entail writing and creating art out of trauma experiences. It is not recommended for survivors of recent sexual trauma as it may be triggering. OCRCC Facilitators and Companions will be available during and after the workshop for support. All materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required.
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. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited, so please register ASAP!
Pre-registration is required for each workshop. Space is limited. Please contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at email@example.com or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.