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Our goals are to provide clients with the tools they need to cope with the immediate crisis and to heal from issues stemming from the trauma of sexual violence. Our counselors use a variety of therapeutic interventions, including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Art Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
RCASA offers up to four peer counseling sessions to partners, parents, siblings, and friends of survivors. Peer counseling sessions help those who have been impacted by sexual violence learn how to support survivors and to cope with secondary trauma.
Psychoeducational groups are offered to survivors and their support systems to encourage coping and to increase communication skills while providing education and resources in an empathetic and supportive environment. At RCASA, we offer a variety of psychoeducational groups geared toward the unique experiences of those affected by sexual violence.
Sexual violence rarely affects individuals exclusively; it often impacts entire families and communities. The Secondary Survivors psychoeducational group is for friends, families, and partners of survivors of sexual violence. Participants will learn about the effects of trauma on behavior and how to show support, as well as validating and processing their own emotions in a supportive setting.
Art Therapy Support Group
Facilitated by RCASA’s board-certified Art Therapist, this psychoeducational art group is for survivors of sexual violence experiencing PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) or symptoms of PTSD. Participants will use art to express their experiences and manage some of the common symptoms. Art skills are not necessary and all supplies are provided.
Due to the shame and stigma surrounding sexual violence, many teen survivors feel as though they are the only ones who have gone through this trauma, or that their peers lead such different lives that they can’t relate to each other. The Teen Survivor psychoeducational group helps survivors rebuild self-esteem and self-worth while receiving evidence-based information about healthy relationships, sexuality, and safety.
Our goal is that anyone who participates either in a therapeutic support group or in a psychoeducational group receives both practical and emotional support regarding their sexual violence experience. Group facilitators will help participants understand that the abuse or assault was not their fault and that their reactions are normal. RCASA offers support groups that empower and encourage while helping participants feel less isolated in their experiences with sexual violence.