Adult Survivors of Child Abuse - Cowra Support Group

Another option to help you heal from the trauma of child abuse


All the resources are provided to you courtesy of the Cowra support group. They may or may not help you. Consider carefully. In doubt consult your therapist.

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Introducing the group

The Adult Survivors of Child Abuse - Cowra Support Group was formed early 2011 and is auspiced under the Cowra Neighbourhood Centre to assist survivors of any form of child abuse and their family and friends to find options to heal.

What is the group about?

The group does not seek to replace counselling nor is it about counselling. The group is about sharing ways of handling daily life which may help someone else to improve their own life. The support group provides information on existing resources: books, organisations, helplines, websites, articles, strategies, peer support, workshops, and access to professional counselling.

The group respects your privacy: There is no need to disclose your name. There is no need to tell your story.

When does the group meet?

The group meets every month on the 1st Friday of each month. Each meeting is held in a safe environment in Cowra.
Professional counselling staff may be available if needed – in a separate room, in all privacy.

How is the group run?

Each meeting is based on sharing and supporting each other so that each one of us can better handle the challenges of daily life and enjoy a better life. Read our charter. Read our responsibilities. Browse our group resources.
During each meeting we welcome new members, discuss how we have been, and start sharing strategies or hints which may help one another. We also get notes on items discussed at the previous meeting, and on upcoming workshops and events focusing on healing. You may take a break from the meeting anytime whilst respecting the group.

What if you are interested to join?

It is better for you and for the smooth and safe running of the group meetings that you fully understand the group’s objectives and be introduced to some group members prior to attending for the first time.

Contact Pascale on 6342 1612, have a chat, and assess whether this group is what you are looking for. You will also be given the opportunity to meet one or more group members prior to attending your first meeting. This will make your first attendance within our welcoming group, a safe and enriching experience.

RESOURCES:

  • Books: list available on the recovery page

    The Courage to Heal, Ellen Bass, Laura Davis. (For female survivors of sexual abuse)
    Victims no longer, Mike Lew. (For male survivors of sexual abuse)
    The Silent Crisis, Amanda Robinson. (Focuses on prevention - advice for parents)

  • Health Professionals / Programs / Retreats / Organisations: list available on the recovery page

    Also ... Article from ASCA (now Blue Knot Foundation) - Finding the right counsellor

  • Activities: list available on the recovery page

  • Hints:

    Setting boundaries ........... Avoiding pre-empting

    Various other hints or quotes as at 20 October 2016
    . Looking for drama when there is none .. Taking charge of our health
    .. Maybe coping but still human ................ Ways to stop negative self-talk
    ... Forgiving or not forgiving ..................... No longer the pleasing type
    .... Losing friends ...................................... Coping at Christmas
    ..... Looking at problems in a different light
    ...... Finding a soul mate for a genuine intimate relationship
    ....... Trying to stop cutting one’s wrists
    ......... When pleasing takes over respecting, and affects friendship
    .......... When saving the world is too big a task
    ......... About getting other survivors to seek help or change behavioural pattern
    ........ Be careful not to push the ones you love, away from you
    ....... If only we could stop hurting the people we love
    ...... Cry if you feel like crying
    ..... Understanding the role and effects of your medicine
    .... Consolidating relationships ................. Becoming aware of your own triggers
    ... Building up our confidence - the way we dress
    .. Sharing suicidal thoughts ...................... About Depression and Medication
    . Experimenting is empowering ................ Learning to say 'No'
    .. Slowing down the breathing to feel more and react less
    ... Let's not be paranoid ............................. Experiencing healing
    .... About giving people space or taking space
    ..... About trying to change someone else's behaviour
    ...... Understanding, not justifying ............. About acknowledging all our needs
    ....... Dealing with nightmares -
    ........ About acknowledging our thoughts and controlling our behaviours

   
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