Core Group Personal Empowerment Program (P.E.P) - A 10-week psycho-educational group aimed at increasing awareness of the emotional and physical dangers involved in abusive relationships. Each week highlights a particular aspect of abuse in relationships. Topics include: Defining intimate partner violence, PTSD and Stockholm Syndrome, boundaries, the effects on children, the legal system, denial, red flags, healthy relationships, codependency, and safety planning. The goals of PEP are to educate participants on domestic violence/abuse, increase awareness of individual roles in abusive dynamics, offer social support, and learn tools to stop the cycle of violence in one's current relationship and/or family. The Personal Empowerment Program is offered at Laura's House Counseling and Resource Center and Domestic Violence Advocacy Center for women, men and Spanish-speaking individuals. PEP is endorsed by the court and is extremely beneficial to anyone who has been victimized by domestic/intimate partner violence.
Core Group Codependency Group - Considered an advanced level of the Personal Empowerment Program, this is an 8-week psycho-educational group designed to help participants understand what codependency is, how it relates to intimate partner violence and how to let go of codependent patterns. Topics include: Identifying and establishing boundaries, uncovering learned codependent behaviors in family-of-origin, healthy communication, and becoming aware of self-defeating thoughts that perpetuate unhealthy relationships.
Core Group Self Esteem Group - An 8-week psycho-educational and interactive group. Topics include: Understanding the basic tenets of self-esteem, learning the techniques to help cultivate self-esteem, integrating practices of healthy self-esteem into your daily life, and discovering an internal sense of personal power.
Core Group H.E.A.R.T. Strong - An open-ended, psycho-educational and supportive group tailored for teenagers. Teens are educated about dating violence, healthy dating relationships, boundaries, and self-esteem. The group is co-ed, ages 12-17.
Specialty Group Parenting Classes - An 8-week psycho-educational group designed to specifically address those parenting questions and concerns when intimate partner violence is involved in the family.
Specialty Group Dating After Abuse - An 8-week psycho-educational group with the aim to help participants identify unhealthy patterns of dating and develop new, healthy dating practices. The group will address these questions: How will I know if I'm ready to start dating? How can I avoid getting into another abusive relationship? Why do I seem to attract abusive partners?
Specialty Group Healing is My Choice - A 12-week process group for sexual abuse survivors. The focus of the group is to process emotions related to the effect s of sexual abuse in a safe, supportive environment. Participants will learn relaxation techniques and other coping skills in an effort to move forward.
Specialty Group Experiencing Life with Assertiveness - A 4-week, psycho-educational group with the aim to increase assertiveness. Topics include: Communication skills, goal-setting, mindfulness, and overcoming fear and anxiety stemming from uncertainty.
Specialty Group Grief and Loss Group - A 6-week psycho-educational group with the aim to address and process feelings, thoughts, and emotions of loss. Loss can take many forms - loss of self, relationship with spouse or partner, relationship with children, role as a mother or father, loss of a childhood if one was exposed to domestic violence in their youth, etc. Different types of loss (applied to the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) will be addressed in the group.