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At the Rape Recovery Center, we understand the importance of communal healing.  Humans heal through sharing their lived experiences in a safe space that creates understanding, support, and self exploration.  We offer groups which focus on different aspects and stages of healing.

To create consistency, predictability, and a sense of safety, each group has created individualized group agreements. Please see our list of current group offerings at this time as well as requirements to join the group.

Women's Process Group

This group is for self-identified women who are primary survivors of sexual abuse.  As a participant, we focus on sharing lived experiences, learning how we show up in relationships, and opportunities to explore interpersonal feedback and connect with others in a healthy and authentic manner.  This group emphasizes work on the here-and-now, support, encouragement, self-exploration, compassion and understanding. Group aims to not only give and receive support from others, but also to learn how to advocate for needs and share vulnerabilities.  During this group, we create a space to increase confidence in social settings and deepen self-understanding.

Day & Time: Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 7 PM

Open or Closed: Closed Group.

  • Skills Counseling completion required as well as group intake.

  • Clients who are interested in Women’s Process Group will need to complete group intake at the start of the group module.

Contact Person: Martha Mendes,CSW m.mendes@raperecoverycenter.org | ext. 216

Women of Color Support Group

This group supports primary and secondary survivors. Through this support group, we aim to build connections between women of color** impacted by sexual violence, and to provide support to each other as we navigate (re)traumatization from invalidating and oppressive environments.

*All individuals who self-identify as women are welcome.  

*Women of Color who come from a variety of backgrounds (i.e., African American/Black, Latina/Hispanic, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Native American/American Indian, Middle Eastern/Arab American, and others).

Day & Time: Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Open or Closed: Open Group.

  • Group intake required. Please reach out to Martha to schedule intake.

Facilitator: Martha Mendes, CSW m.mendes@raperecoverycenter.org | ext. 216

Grupo de Apoyo Emocional

The group discusses current trends that may be affecting the members, often times issues with immigration, abuse, injustice, parenting, resources, etc. Group members have expressed enjoying the group as it provides them with an opportunity to vent and gain information/ideas/referrals/support. Group is exclusively in Spanish and is therefore meant for Spanish speaking clientele. One does not have to be a client of RRC to attend this group (at least currently, although we have had some conversations surrounding this). Childcare is available.

Day & time: Thursdays from 6 PM to 7 PM

Open or closed: Open, drop in group (no intake required)

Facilitators:

Phoebe Galvez, CSW p.galvez@raperecoverycenter.org  | ext. 207

Andreja Nadjalin a.nadjalin@raperecoverycenter.org | ext. 201

Grupo de Apoyo Emocional

El grupo se enfoca en hablar sobre temas actuales que pueden estar afectando a los miembros del grupo; algunos de estos temas son inmigración, injusticias, maternidad/paternidad, recursos en la comunidad, etcétera.  En este grupo se provee la oportunidad de hablar sobre lo que te está preocupando, obtener information, ideas, referencias y apoyo emocional entre miembros del grupo. El grupo se facilita exclusivamente en Español. No se necesita ser clientes del Centro de Recuperación de Abuso Sexual (RRC) para poder participar en este grupo.  Algunas veces contamos con alguien que puede cuidar a sus hijos/as para que usted pueda participar libremente en el grupo - para más información sobre el cuidado de sus pequeños por favor contacte a Phoebe o Andreja.

Dia & Hora: Jueves de 6 PM a 7 PM

Grupo abierto o cerrado: Abierto a la comunidad (no se requiere registración).

Idioma: Español

Facilitadores del grupo:

Phoebe Galvez, CSW p.galvez@raperecoverycenter.org | ext. 207

Andreja Nadjalin a.nadjalin@raperecoverycenter.org | ext. 201

Connections Group

Connections group is a support group for primary and secondary survivors of sexual assault. During this group, members  will be able to connect with survivors and secondary survivors in the healing journey. Members will learn about trauma recovery with a mindfulness approach and learn ways to practice effective and empathic self care.  Members are encouraged to listen, support, and validate one another’s experience. Members are welcome to share community services, events, and supports as well.

Day/time: Mondays from 5 PM to 6 PM

Open or closed: Open, drop in group (no intake required)

Facilitators:

Danielle Searle d.searle@raperecoverycenter.org  | ext. 224

Emma Zevallos e.zevallos@raperecoverycenter.org | ext. 100

 Men’s Process Group

This inclusive group is for self-identified men who are primary survivors of sexual abuse which focuses on sharing lived experiences as well as receiving support from others.  The group is a traditional process group where the focus is on the here and now with what is occurring in the room with others. As a group, focus is on relationships, developing a deeper understanding of the self, and the self in relationships.  In this group, focus surrounds the complexities of being a male survivor and members will receive specialized support in learning how to navigate these challenges. Group explores the intersecting identities and other forms of systemic oppression that have uniquely impacted members.  This group provides opportunities for empathic support, learning how to advocate for needs, and openly express vulnerabilities and resources that are critical for healing.

Day/Time: Mondays from 5:30 PM to 7 PM

Open or Closed: Closed group

  • Skills Counseling completion required as well as group intake.

  • Clients who are interested in Men’s Process Group will need to complete group intake at the start of the group module.

Facilitator: Camie Oka, CSW c.oka@raperecoverycenter.org | ext. 223

Wise Mind

Wise Mind is 10-week workshop series that supports primary and secondary survivors in learning and using Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Relationship Effectiveness, and Self-Compassion skills to heal from the impact of trauma.  This group is open to anyone who is a client at RRC. This group is for anyone who wants to enhance their coping skills as well as gain a stronger sense of self awareness in their recovery from trauma.

Day/Time: Wednesdays from 3:30 PM to 5 PM

Open or Closed: Open group for RRC Clients.

  • Skills Counseling completion required prior to entry to group

  • Clients who are interested will need to complete group intake at the start of the group module. Please reach out to your provider or group facility, Phoebe, to schedule an intake.

Facilitators:

Phoebe Galvez, CSW p.galvez@raperecoverycenter.org | ext. 207


Expressive Arts Group

The Expressive Arts Group is a gathering for primary survivors who can share support, encouragement, and to witness one another in a respectful space. Members are invited to engage in a playful curiosity with the use of art and other creative expressions. The typical member is one who is yearning to explore the images and meaning of the inner worlds of the self.  In this group we will incorporate mindfulness, somatic awareness, and other embodied approaches to reconnect with the self.

Day/Time: Wednesdays from 5:30 PM to 7 PM

Open or Closed: Closed group

  • Skills Counseling completion required as well as group intake.

  • Clients who are interested will need to complete group intake at the start of the group module.

Facilitator: Laura Baumgart, LCSW l.baumgart@raperecoverycenter.org | ext. 214

 

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