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Virtual Interest Meetings to Teach How to Start Survivor Support Groups
Adult Female Survivors of Child Sexual Sexual Abuse Benefit from Community Support Groups
By: The Younique Foundation
The free interest meetings are scheduled for the following dates and times:
"The upcoming interest meetings will help survivors learn how to start a support group in their local community. Community leaders wanting to assist in facilitating a group are also invited to attend," said Jocelyn Cooper, the Foundation's Regional Outreach coordinator in Georgia. Community groups may include loved ones who support survivors, healthcare organizations, behavioral and mental health organizations, faith-based organizations, law enforcement and criminal justice, child advocacy centers, and education institutions. Those already leading groups may also want to attend to get ideas on how to increase membership and enhance their efficacy.
Cooper said the Find Hope Support Group was piloted in Utah in the Fall of 2017. Some of the original members are still meeting and some have started additional support groups in their communities. The Foundation launched its findinghope.org website in March 2018 which provides training videos and information on how to find or start a support group. Additional guidance is available through the website that supports new groups with a 21-week framework on how to provide immediate benefit to those who participate. Support groups can meet in person or online, and do not involve therapy.
Registration information is available on eventbrite.com here (https://www.eventbrite.com/
Melinda Colton | Communications Manager