Self-Help for Women Trauma Survivors
Alexandra Laris, M.A., Jessica Jonikas, M.A., and Judith Cook, Ph.D.
In a project related to the Crisis De-Escalation Study, UIC NRTC staff have recently finished creating a
self-help support group leadership manual for women mental health consumers who are survivors of physical or sexual abuse. A number of clinicians, consumers, survivors, and providers who are involved in this
area were extensively consulted regarding the best approaches and educational strategies to feature in the manual, with several providing written materials for inclusion. Special attention was given to
self-care techniques for the group faciliators, particularly if they are consumers and/or survivors themselves. The self-care tips follow each session, encouraging the facilitators to pay attention to their
own physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
The manual includes the following topics:
- Understanding what it means to be a woman
- Safety in the group and in the community
- Hope and recovery
- Trusting oneself
- Setting limits and recognizing healthy boundaries
- Understanding various types of abuse
- Coping with triggers and self-harming
- Physical and emotional well-being
- Developing/repairing relationships with others.
You may order a copy of this manual from the Women's Resources page of the Publications section. Orders cannot be taken over the Internet. You will need to print off an order form that can either be faxed or mailed to the Center.
Pamela Pickett, L.C.S.W. Lisa Webb, M.A.
Patricia Murphy, Ph.D. Rae Unzicker
Renee Anderson, Ph.D. Kathleen Wilson, M.A.
Maxine Harris, Ph.D.