Closed Therapeutic Groups
Closed groups are offered at WOAR three times a year based on client interest. Most groups will begin in February, May, and September.
Survivors interested in participating in one of WOAR’s closed group MUST complete an intake with WOAR by contacting WOAR’s 24-hour crisis hotline at (215) 985-3333 to participate in a group.
Survivors DO NOT need to attend individual therapy with WOAR to be a part of a Closed WOAR support group with the exception of the Trauma Process Yoga Group (TPYG).
|Type of Group||Who is it for?||Goals|
|Men's Group||An 8 to 10-week CLOSED group for men 18 and older who have been sexually abused as children or sexually assaulted as an adult.||The goal is to provide men an opportunity to express their emotions, receive support from others who have experienced sexual violence, understand the dynamics of abuse, learn coping skills and improve their self-esteem.|
|Women’s Group||An 8 to 10-week CLOSED group for women 18 and older who have been sexually abused as children or sexually assaulted as an adult.||The goal is to provide women an opportunity to express their emotions, receive support from others who have experienced sexual violence, understand the dynamics of abuse, learn coping skills and improve their self-esteem.|
|Teen Group||An 8 to 10-week CLOSED group which is offered to teens ages 13 to 17 who have been sexually assaulted/abused.||The goal of our Teen Group is for your teen to be able to gain ideas and strategies from their peers and will learn how to express their concerns and emotions in a comfortable and safe environment.|
|Building Blocks & Stepping Stones||An 8 to a 9-week group designed for children between the ages of 3 and 6 years of age (Building Blocks) and children ages 7 to 12 years of age (Stepping Stones).||Both groups are for child survivors of sexual abuse and up to two non-offending caregivers. The goals of both groups are to allow the children the opportunity to learn about their body and safe touch in addition to exploring their feelings pertaining to the abuse and their relationships with their support system. Caregivers are given the opportunity to learn skills, support their child and express their feelings about the abuse in an adult space with other caregivers.|
|LGBTQ+||LGBTQ+ survivors||This is a 12-week CLOSED group for survivors who identify within the LGBTQ+ community. The content of the group is tailored specifically to each group but has the potential to explore various topics including defining self, PTSD, coping with internal and external sources of homophobia, exploring body memories from the trauma and seeking support from the family of origin or family of choice.|
|Trauma Process Yoga Group||Survivors who are interested in processing trauma through yoga practice||3 cycles that are 12 weeks long. Must complete a cycle before moving to the next. TYPG uses the intersection of research, mindfulness, and yoga to address healing from sexual violence. A combination of the following 5 tenants supports healing: Movement; Routine; Social Connections; Consistent, Kind, Compassionate, Soothing Words; and Expressions. The goal of TYPG group is to significantly reduce PTSD, address neurological, physiological, and emotional changes that result from adverse experiences and empower clients through establishing choice.|
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