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SPONSORED BY INCEST RESOURCES

Facilitated by Survivor-Therapist Dr. Elaine Westerlund

THE 2016 - 2017 SERIES WILL INCLUDE:

September 16   Knowing Our Truth
October 21
Rebuilding Our Lives
November 18
Negative Self-Talk
December 16
Family Relationships
January 20
Shame
February 17
Living In Our Bodies
March 17
Boundaries
April 21
Visibility/Invisibility
May 19
Intimacy
June 16
Resilience

ALL GROUPS ARE FREE OF CHARGE!


Meetings run from 6:00-7:30 P.M. on the third Friday of the month, September through June at the Women's Center, 46 Pleasant Street, Cambridge. To contribute to a sense of comfort and safety, we emphasize arriving on time and ask everyone to read the group guidelines prior to each meeting.  To protect the group process no one is admitted after 6:15 pm. Survivors are welcome to come to the meeting room (on the third floor right) as early as 5:30 P.M. For directions or more information call (617) 354-6394.

* This group is open to all women who identify as women and are living as women full-time.

INCEST RESOURCES HAS BEEN PROVIDING FREE SURVIVOR SERVICES SINCE 1980

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.INCESTRESOURCESINC.ORG


About Incest Resources

Incest Resources is an all-survivor, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. Founded in 1980, it was the first survivor organization in the country. Since its inception, Incest Resources has:
 

  • created a visible vehicle to give voice to survivors of childhood sexual abuse
     
  • provided a survivor phone-line, free referral and resource information, and original literature and recovery materials for survivors, families, and professionals
     
  • fought for legislation to expand mandated reporting of child physical and sexual abuse and to extend the statute of limitations for the prosecution of offenders
     
  • developed and facilitated free support groups and workshops and therapeutic physical programs for female and male survivors, including deaf survivors, survivors with disabilities, ritual abuse survivors, survivors with dissociative disorders, survivors of abuse by clergy and other professionals, and also for partners of survivors and mothers of survivors
     
  • trained mental health and other helping professionals to improve services for hearing and deaf  survivors and for victims and their families
     
  • offered free legal information and advocacy for victims and survivors of childhood sexual abuse and for non-offending parents
     
  • educated and sensitized the public and the Church about childhood sexual abuse as a societal and political issue
     
  • supported the development and growth of programs focused on survivor healing, empowerment, and activism through the arts, including the Survivor Quilt Project and the Survivor Theatre Project
     
  • served as a model for other survivor organizations worldwide.
     

We welcome tax-deductible contributions.  Checks should be made payable to The Women’s Center, with I.R. in the memo section to earmark your donation, and be mailed to:  The Women’s Center, 46 Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA 02139.  We appreciate your support on behalf of survivors!


About The Discussion Group Facilitator

Elaine Westerlund is a licensed psychologist and survivor with triple board certification as a specialist in sexual abuse, trauma/PTSD, and disaster response/crisis intervention.  She has been involved in the field of sexual abuse as a political organizer, self-help advocate, group facilitator, therapist, consultant, clinical supervisor, researcher, writer, and lecturer since 1980 when she co-founded Incest Resources.  She holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston University with master's specializations in counseling women and cross-cultural counseling.  She is the author of Responding to Incest: In Memory of Nancy, Women’s Sexuality After Childhood Incest, and numerous journal articles.  In addition to volunteering with Incest Resources, Elaine has a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  For more information visit www.DrElaineWesterlund.com or call 617-661-9400.