New OCRCC Support Groups, Workshops, Events

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OCRCC is offering a number of upcoming support groups, workshops and events, which include a Group for Family, Friends, and Loved Ones; Group for Female African American Survivors; a Group on Positive Sexuality & Intimacy; and our annual ShoutOut! Against Sexual Violence event! On March 20 we’ll also be hosting a Clothesline Project T-Shirt Decorating Workshop. For more opportunities and information please visit our website.

 

Support Group Program Update

 

Workshop Series for Family, Friends & Loved Ones

Mondays 6-8pm, April 18 – May 9 at OCRCC

 

This workshop series for adult parents, partners, family members, and friends of those who have experienced sexual violence will meet weekly for 4 sessions. This is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences. Please note that advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. Pre-meetings happening now. Contact groups@ocrcc.org now to reigister.

 

Positive Sexuality & Intimacy

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm, May 25 – June 29 at OCRCC 

 

This support group for adult, female survivors will explore topics related to healthy sexuality and intimacy. The group will focus on shared experiences, support, and learning from one another. (It is NOT a therapy group.) Please note that advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation – pre-meetings happening now. Contact groups@ocrcc.org.

 

Circle of Sisters: Healing for African American Survivors

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, May 24 – July 19 in Hillsborough (no mtg July 5)

 

Circle of Sisters is a culturally-specific group where participants will learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences. This is open to adult, female survivors and will meet weekly for 8 sessions beginning in May 2016. Please note that advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation – pre-meetings happening now. Contact groups@ocrcc.org.

 

Monthly Self-Care Workshops for Survivors 

Every 3rd Sunday of the Month, 2-4pm at the Center

Each month focuses on a different tool for self-care or self-exploration to help you on your healing journey. The goal of these workshops is to provide an opportunity to learn and practice self-care skills together. Survivors of all genders are welcome to attend.Pre-registration is required. Contact groups@ocrcc.org.

 

 

March 20  – Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a display of t-shirts that contain written messages and drawings intended to illustrate the effects of trauma. Survivors, family members, friends, and loved ones are welcome to join us in designing t-shirts for the Clothesline Project. Participants can choose whether to keep their shirts or have them displayed at OCRCC’s Annual Shout Out! event in April.

April 17 – Grounding Mandalas

Mandalas represent wholeness and can be used for relaxation, centering, and creative expression. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the many purposes of mandalas. Through the process of creating their own mandala, participants will enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and creative expression.

May 15 – Zen Meditation

This trauma-informed meditation workshop will introduce individuals who are new to meditation to the practice of being in the moment with their thoughts, and offer veterans a chance to practice with other survivors. Kye will guide participants through seated and walking meditations, grounded in Zen practice. Participants are welcome (not required) to bring cushions, blankets, etc.

 

Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence

Thurs, April 21, 5:30-7:30 pm, Chapel Hill Public Library.

Submissions due March 31!

The Center’s annual Shout Out! is an event that explores the survivor experience through stories, testimonials, poetry and spoken word, dance, music, and visual art. We welcome submissions from survivors, their loved ones, and allies. Pieces can be submitted with the artist’s name or anonymously. Those submitting written-word pieces may choose to perform those pieces themselves or they can request that a volunteer read their piece. Artists do not need to be present in order for their work to be included. All written pieces will be printed in the event program in both English and Spanish unless otherwise specified by the artist.

 

If you are interested in participating in this year’s Shout Out!, you can send questions and submit pieces to Crisis Response Coordinator Natalie Ziemba at natalie@ocrcc.org. The deadline for submissions is March 31. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Contact

 

Please email groups@ocrcc.org if you’re interested in any of these opportunities. I will email updates and post them on our website at ocrcc.org/groups as we plan more opportunities. Let me know if I can answer any questions about these groups and if you are interested in a particular group. Our 24-Hour Help Line is also available anytime for support, information, and referrals at 919-967-7273.

 

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