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SPONSORED BY INCEST RESOURCES, INC.

Facilitated by Survivor-Therapist Dr. Elaine Westerlund

THE 2014 - 2015 SERIES WILL INCLUDE:

September 19   Identifying as a Survivor
October 17
Disclosure and Confrontation
November 21
Rebuilding our Lives
December 19
Coping - Then and Now
January 16
Survivor Health Issues
February 20
Negative Self-Talk
March 20
Dating and Couple Issues
April 17
Interdependence and Codependence
May 15
Living in our Bodies
June 19
Spirituality and Healing

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 Inc.

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 to 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 partners 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 sexual abuse and for non-offending parents
     
  • educated and sensitized the public and the Church about 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 Theater Project
     
  • served as a model for other survivor organizations worldwide.
     

We welcome tax-deductible contributions.  Please make your check payable to Incest Resources, Inc. and send to: Incest Resources, Women's Center, 46 Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA 02139


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, psychotherapist, 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. Aside from volunteering with Incest Resources, Elaine has a private practice. For more information: 617-661-9400 or www.DrElaineWesterlund.com