We offer groups for children with a concurrent mother’s group known as My Circle of Friends.
The goals of the program are:
to help the children heal from the trauma of witnessing violence
to provide an environment in which children can process their thoughts and feelings
to allow the children to learn new ways of behaving.
My Circle of Friends consists of eight weekly group sessions. Themes covered in groups include:
Identifying and expressing feelings
Constructive expression of anger
Understanding what abuse is
Myths regarding violence against women
Personal safety and safety plans
Mothers of the children attending the Children Who Witness group have the option of attending the concurrent group for mothers. Topics include the children’s experiences of woman abuse; parenting; custody and access; and safety planning. In offering a support group for mothers, an opportunity is provided for mothers through education to further support their children in the healing process.