Male/Identified Survivor Program
At the present time, MPSSAS has a second round of funding to offer a stage 2 virtual group therapy program for men and male identified folx who have experienced sexual assault. If you have done some previous healing this is a good step, to be in a community with other survivors.
We are thankful to our partners CMHA of Muskoka Parry Sound for funding this program.
The group is free to service users, and confidentiality and other group boundaries will be discussed up front. We know survivors of sexual violence in a smaller community often feel anxiety about others knowing their history, but you also have the benefit of becoming part of a community of other survivors, who accept you and have their own strategies and growth to offer you. You will also have your own insight to offer others.
MPSSAS has worked with thousands of women, trans and non binary survivors since we began our work as a Sexual Assault Centre in 1993. Our SAIL program offers 4 stages of group work, enabling survivors to exit our programs with most of their trauma work resolved. We know the strength it took to live on from your experience will enable you to do the work to bridge your healing from survival to a thriving, good life. We also know that therapy is hard work too.
For this project, we are offering a 13 week program with support of an agency based therapist and a coordinator hired for this program.
The 13 week group program will enable men to:
develop their awareness of the concrete impacts of their experiences
get in touch with strengths they may not recognize now
enable healing and greater trust in relationships
reduce shame and self blame
learn specific strategies to help with the alterations in thinking and body responses which traumatic experiences cause.
The program will use the Fireweed model, which incorporates both western and Indigenous healing methods. No one is asked to share or participate outside of their comfort zone. Group content will follow this program, but will also be modified according to the needs of the group.
If you wish to take part but find the technology (we'll use the ZOOM program) is a barrier, please get in contact anyway. We have some funding to support you with private access to the group and will work with you around any barriers or accommodation you may need.
The group will begin in April 2022, day and time TBA.
If you have questions, or would like to self refer to the group, please contact the group's intake coordinator.
Talk or text to 705 394-4089
Or leave message at the agency line 705 646-2122 general mailbox.