The goal of the curriculum is:
To provide a course that has a comprehensive and practical intervention for females that have begun to experience difficulties in their family and social functioning due to substance use, domestic violence, emotional problems or trauma. The course is intended to assist women in discontinuing or voiding substance use and abuse as well as other risky behaviors, to empower them to improved emotional intelligence and health, to support their survival and healing from violence and trauma, to identify the strengths that have helped them survive, and to decrease the chances that they will become involved with or reenter the justice system.
During the entire series courses (36 Hours) we will address these issues:
Understanding the importance of integrating services for these conditions is critical to achieving effective outcomes and healthier lives.
Remember, these courses are self-paced. You’ll be progressing through the course as quickly or slowly as you like. You control the pace. Once you enroll in the class, you can begin. We want you to get the most out of this course, so we require that you complete all activities in lesson one before you’ll be allowed to continue.
The beginning of the Change Process starts with an understanding and an awareness of you. Taking the time to get to know yourself can be helpful in many ways. As you experience your everyday world you are surfacing new findings and learning more about the hidden parts of yourself.
Objectives • Understanding what constitutes an abusive intimate relationship • Ability to identify "red flags" for domestic violence • Awareness of varied forms of abuse, e.g. sexual, emotional, economic, and social, as well as physical • Knowledge of the incidence of domestic violence, as documented in survey research • Awareness of the limits of research on domestic violence
This is a solution-focused or strengths-based lesson of dealing with perceptions that interfere with Communication. This Module will also include repairing Relationships and communication styles
Participants are invited to think about how they know the difference between what they are feeling and thinking, and how feeling-based distortions can get in the way of productive communication.
This session helps clients begin to think about aspects of motivation that govern decisions to change behavior. It utilizes node-link mapping and related strategies.As part of this introductory process, clients are invited to make a commitment to a behavior or attitude they are willing to work on.
This is a solution-focused or strengths-based session of managing anger. Participants are invited to think about times when they have been able to successfully manage angry feelings and to think about how to build on those successes. Healthy and unhealthy reactions to anger in our lives and relationships will be highlighted.
As members increasingly recognize their strengths and gain confidence and skills in relating to others, it is important to talk about how to handle crises that threaten their healing. This lesson discusses some ways members may have handled crises in the past and brings together all the new coping methods they have learned in these lessons to handle crises.
Women with low self-esteem feel that they cannot do better than the situation they are in, which makes them far less likely to leave than a woman who has high self-esteem and can stand up for herself. Domestic violence offenders tend to prey on women who have low self-esteem, realizing that the victim will want and need them no matter what they do.
When you face yourself - You can begin healing
Healing and personal growth is a lifelong process of discovery that involves a potential for relapse. In this session we will look at progress on the road to healing and personal growth— what has worked, what has helped, and what still needs to be done. It is important for their healing that women begin to understand what they control in the process and what barriers they have overcome so far. They must also become aware of what steps lie ahead.
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