SUPPORT GROUPS

All of our sessions are free and a mixture of in-person and online.

To help us create the best possible types of support communities, please fill out this survey

Trauma education Group

This group has wrapped up for the season and will run later in the year; for now, though, feel free to check out what it will look like.

When: N/A

Starting: N/A

Where: Zoom

Group size: max. 10 participants, closed group

Open to all gender identities. 

These sessions will be hosted via Zoom and led by our facilitators. Course material comes from John McCormack, an experienced local psychotherapist, who has also trained members of our organisation. The group focuses on understanding any sort of trauma — not just SGBV-based — and is open to any individual ready to work towards recovery.

We can offer slots to a maximum of ten participants. It will be a closed group, meaning that the same team member from the Healing Collective will be there each week, and it is expected that the same participants will be in attendance. We hope this will help to build a trusting community with whom you can share this experience in comfort and in confidence.

Trauma Education primarily focuses on providing the knowledge and tools to understand traumatic events, the effect they have had on the individual, and the steps to recovery. In particular, we will examine the universal effects that trauma and betrayal can have on the body. While these groups are operating through the Healing Collective, there is no assumption that anyone in attendance is a survivor of sexual violence.

These sessions will be highly interactive and educational, with the opportunity to ask questions and break off into smaller group discussions. We hope to avoid a teacher-pupil dynamic and rather to encourage participants to lead the conversation and the content of these sessions. While we ask that participants refrain from discussion the particular, potentially triggering details of their trauma, there will be space to share experiences of the aftermath and to go on the journey towards recovery in a community that can offer support and solidarity.

WOMEN-ONLY SGBV SUPPORT GROUP

This group has wrapped up for the season and will run later in the year; for now, though, feel free to check out what it will look like.

When: N/A

Starting: N/A

Where: In-Person

Group size: max. 7 participants, closed group

Open to all who identify as women.

These sessions will be hosted in-person in St Andrews and will be led a professional and facilitated by a member of the Healing Collective.

Please note that this is not a therapy group but a support group. It is therefore not a space to discuss traumatic incidents or to detail SGBV but rather to discuss the aftermath. It will be an open, non-judgemental and encouraging space to share experiences in solidarity with fellow survivors.

This is a wonderful opportunity to create a support network and to heal alongside one another.

NAVIGATING INTIMACY WORKSHOP

This group has wrapped up for the season and will run later in the year; for now, though, feel free to check out what it will look like.

When: N/A

Starting: N/A

Where: In-Person

Group Size: max. 6 participants, closed group

Open to all who identify as women.

This group runs for five sessions and is lead by Georgie Blewett, a trained sex educator and relationship coach, and facilitated by a member of the Healing Collective.

This workshop is a relaxed and comfortable environment in which to explore re-learning intimacy with oneself and others following trauma.  It is not a space to discuss traumatic incidents or to detail SGBV but rather to discuss healing and growing in the aftermath. It will be an open, non-judgemental and encouraging space to share experiences in solidarity with fellow survivors.

This is a wonderful opportunity to create a support network and to heal alongside one another.

Mixed Gender SGBV Support Group

This group has wrapped up for the season and will run later in the year; for now, though, feel free to check out what it will look like.

When: N/A

Starting: N/A

Where: Zoom

Group size: max. 7 participants

Open to all gender identities.

These sessions will be hosted via a Zoom call and will be led by Lesley-Anne Pratchett, a counsellor specialising in group sessions, and facilitated by a member of the Healing Collective.

Please note that this is not a therapy group but a support group. It is therefore not a space to discuss traumatic incidents or to detail SGBV but rather to discuss the aftermath. It will be an open, non-judgemental and encouraging space to share experiences in solidarity with fellow survivors.

This is a wonderful opportunity to create a support network, and to heal alongside one another.

Support Group & Psycho-education Sign Up Form

Future Support & Events

We want to do our best to support the diverse needs of our survivor community. Please help us figure out how best to shape our support going forward by completing this anonymous survey. 

It is our hope to organise panel events, support socials for survivors of certain identities (for example: a space for trans survivors, a space for Black survivors, a space for survivors with OCD), as well as one-off sessions examining specific themes (for example: racial fetishization).

If you have any ideas about the kind of services/events you would like us to facilitate or have feedback on our current work, please do not hesitate to get in touch at healingcollective.standrews@gmail.com. 

Our duty of care

The Healing Collective Committee has a duty of care to notify the appropriate GP as soon as possible (provided they have that information), should a Committee Member be made aware of a Support Group or Psychoeducation Group participant’s dangerously deteriorating mental health. In the case of a Support Group participant, the facilitating therapist shall also be notified. Should GP information not be provided and if the Committee member judges that the participant may cause harm to themselves or others the emergency services should be contacted. This duty of care does not extend to survivors submitting Aftermath Stories or Healing Collection recommendations through the website, as this is done anonymously.  This duty of care shall be actively communicated to Support and Psychoeducation Group participants in writing and verbally at the start of a new Group.