Classes & Workshops

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From Trauma to Transformation:
Recovering from Sexual Abuse and Violence
A Workshop for College Women

One out of four women in each college class is a survivor of sexual abuse and violence. This trauma dramatically interferes with every aspect of a college woman’s life: her academic performance, her ability to focus on her studies, her relationships, her dreams and goals, her self esteem, and everyday patterns of living. Most of these women suffer from symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, including depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings, addiction, self-destructive behavior, anger issues, flashbacks, dissociation, nightmares, problems with intimacy and trust, and poor health. (Additional Symptoms Experienced By People Who Have Suffered Abuse). In addition, women who have been sexually abused are seven times more likely to be victims of subsequent rape.

All too often, childhood abuse survivors are raised in isolation, and as adults need support and help to recover from the trauma of abuse. Women who are raped as adults often experience a similar isolation. These one-day on campus workshops help break the pattern of isolation, by building a supportive and nurturing community in which we use group interaction & expressive arts therapy as vehicles for connection, transformation and healing. These workshops provide safe opportunities for college women to begin this difficult but ultimately life affirming and healing journey.

Objectives

Through expressive arts therapy and the support of group members each participant will:

Format

These one-day workshops, focusing on healing the wounds of sexual abuse, are held on campus for groups of 5 to 10 women. The powerful processes of group dialoguing, writing, drawing, and story telling, used in an accepting, non-threatening way, support expression, deepen insight, and enrich the group experience. These experiential workshops provide the opportunity to break the toxic cycles that keep sexual abuse clients as victims of their trauma, rather than as survivors on the journey toward healing.

Facilitator

Audrey Silverman Foote, MA, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist (CA License # MFC21077) who has been in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area for 24 years. She specializes in working with women’s issues and recovery from childhood and adult trauma including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. In her therapeutic work, she synthesizes in-depth psychotherapy with EMDR, Jungian sand tray, & expressive arts therapy. Audrey facilitates Women Healing Women, an expressive arts therapy group for women recovering from sexual abuse. She guest lectures for sexuality classes in the Counseling Psychology Master’s Program at JFK University, and teaches couples communication classes at Kaiser Permanente.

 

More information

Call Audrey Silverman Foote: 925-685-5585
Email: Audrey@audreysilvermanfoote.com
Website: audreysilvermanfoote.com


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From Trauma to Transformation:
Helping Sexual Abuse Survivors Heal
A Workshop for Campus Therapists

One out of four women in each college class is a survivor of sexual abuse and violence. This trauma dramatically interferes with every aspect of a college woman’s life: her academic performance, her ability to focus on her studies, her relationships, her dreams and goals, her self esteem, and everyday patterns of living. Most of these women suffer from symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, including depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings, addiction, self-destructive behavior, anger issues, flashbacks, dissociation, nightmares, problems with intimacy and trust, and poor health. In addition, women who have been sexually abused are seven times more likely to be victims of subsequent rape. Providing therapy for these women requires a unique set of skills and understanding.

In this four-hour workshop, campus therapists will learn:

Format

This four-hour workshop for campus therapists focuses on the symptoms and stages of recovery that are unique to the survivors of sexual abuse and violence. Participants will deepen their understanding through lecture, case studies, and exploration of different expressive arts therapy modalities, including visual arts, writing, and movement. This experiential workshop provides opportunities to develop interventions that break the toxic cycles that keep sexual abuse clients as victims of their trauma, rather than as survivors on the journey toward healing.

Facilitator

Audrey Silverman Foote, MA, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist (CA License # MFC21077) who has been in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area for 24 years. She specializes in working with women’s issues and recovery from childhood and adult trauma including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. In her therapeutic work, she synthesizes in-depth psychotherapy with EMDR, Jungian sand tray, & expressive arts therapy. Audrey facilitates Women Healing Women, an expressive arts therapy group for women recovering from sexual abuse. She guest lectures for sexuality classes in the Counseling Psychology Master’s Program at JFK University, and teaches couples communication classes at Kaiser Permanente.

More information

Call Audrey Silverman Foote: 925-685-5585
Email: Audrey@audreysilvermanfoote.com
Website: audreysilvermanfoote.com


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