OUR ONLINE GROUPS RESUMED THE WEEK OF APRIL 6, 2020 AND WE ARE OFFERING ALL SAIL PROGRAMMING VIRTUALLY
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Support for this program has been provided by the North-East Local
Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) and the Government of Ontario, and through community donations.
The program provides free therapy services in the Districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound to women, trans, non binary and 2S folks 16+ who: are survivors of sexual assault or human trafficking; have experienced childhood sexual abuse; and/or, have been subjected to sexual harassment. Staff members work toward integrating this program with those of other community agencies, in order to enhance the services which are offered to our community of survivors.
SAIL (Sexual Assault Intervention for Living)
We also provide a trauma informed, four stage group therapy program which includes psycho-education at stage 1 and 2 and then trauma therapy, equine therapy, CBT and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, in an expressive arts model in the latter stages. Groups are closed for 16 sessions, and two sessions are held yearly. We have two Masters level therapists and one part time social work therapist who provide the long term therapy programs.
A psychiatric consultation through telemedicine is possible through the SAIL program. Wait time is typically 3-4 months.
Due to volumes, clients may wait up to 3 months for stage 1 group and then a year or more before they move on to stage 3.
Sexual Assault Intervention for Living
(S.A.I.L.) Therapy Program
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Services include an educational workshop series and group and/or individual therapy. Therapy functions to support survivors and assist them to self-define through a feminist therapy model (and by utilizing a variety of other approaches), while working toward resolution of the impact of sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and/or sexual harassment. Many of our clients have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, human trafficking or criminal harassment as well. We seek to build your analysis of the culture that gender based violence exists within, and find ways to use your strengths to build your resilience and healing. It is a gradual process and you can determine your participation level.
S.A.I.L. STAGE 1: THE WORKSHOP SERIES
Prerequisite for long term therapy.
We offer a free, safe, three workshop series to support women survivors. Workshops include:
Workshop # 1: “YOU ARE NOT ALONE”
• Welcome to the S.A.I.L. program orientation.
• Examine myths and facts about sexual assault.
• Develop techniques to ground yourself for the workshops and afterwards.
Workshop # 2: “UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA"
• Learn how humans process traumatic events in our minds and bodies, and some ways to manage these issues now.
• Practice techniques for taking care of yourself in the healing process.
Workshop # 3: “INCREASING YOUR RESILIENCY”
• Explore further methods for healing both mind and body, with therapy as only one of the numerous ways in which you can help yourself in healing.
Workshops are held three times a year in Bracebridge and twice a year in Parry Sound. Please call or text our offices if you are interested in attending.
S.A.I.L 2: WORKSHOP SERIES (8+ Sessions) --Offered online at this time--
Prerequisite for long term therapy.
Topics include: boundaries, self-care, journaling, sexual assault definitions and myths, yoga and breathing, post-trauma stress and neurobiological effects, affirmations--mind mapping and super self-care.
Offered three times a year. Survivors may come to multiple series. Contact Sara Ross in Bracebridge.
S.A.I.L. 3: GROUP/ INDIVIDUAL THERAPY - Offered online at this time
Prerequisite for S.A.I.L 4
Therapy groups run in 16 week blocks from October to June yearly using the modalities listed below. The therapy group will focus on topics in depth, and in a safe psychotherapeutic process will explore: - beliefs about self, tactics of offenders, family relationships, inner child, flashbacks, nightmares and dissociation, anger, guilt and shame, self care, impacts of trauma and strategies for mediating these, coping skills, among other topics.
New in 2021 - we are offering a men's group program incorporating
Space for individual therapy is limited and an individual's need for individual therapy will be discussed with survivors following the workshop series. (SAIL 1 or 2) We believe in the power of survivors assisting each other in the group methodology.
Our mentoring program is also available for those who wish one to one supports - with another survivor, a mentor who has 'been there' too.
S.A.I.L 4: Group Therapy (DBT) --Offered online at this time--
Therapy group that runs in 16 week blocks throughout the year using Dialectical Behavior Therapy approaches. Four skill areas are taught and practiced including emotion regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness and interpersonal relationships. Issues within the group members may be processed using the skills, in an atmosphere of safety and respect. We also use equine therapy experiences to assist with learning the skills.
Partners of Survivors Workshop --Offered by demand--
Available to participants of the SAIL program and their partners.
This workshop offers an informative evening designed for partners of someone who has experienced sexual violence. The workshop discusses questions such as:
How did sexual abuse affect my partner?
What about intimacy and trust?
How can I help my partner?
Can't my partner just get over it?
We do work on a case to case basis so appointments can be booked to accommodate a survivor's needs. The above is a general outline of our program. Please call or text our offices if interested in the program.
Bracebridge: 705-646-2122 or 1-877-406-1268. For text: 705-644-3183
Parry Sound: 705-774-9083 or 1-877-851-6662. For text: 705-774-0671
What makes feminist/trauma/ARAO informed therapy different?
• acknowledgement of a survivor’s lived experience as knowledge and expertise
• acknowledgement of the intersecting systems of power in a survivor's life, and how these may impact their perception of self and choices in life
• acknowledgement that the sexism experienced by survivors may be further exacerbated by racism, "sizism", classism, ageism, "ableism", homophobia, and other forms of discrimination and oppression (may impact both client and therapist)
• recognition that systems of authority and power will often work against survivors an as part of systemic oppression
• the principle that survivors must be empowered to recognize and make their own choices and decisions
• the practice of a competence/resilience-based approach, which seeks to uncover and use a survivor’s strengths and resources to resolve problems
• the belief that trust must be earned and maintained, not granted through "expertise"
• the view that intuition/traditional culture and teachings can be used as part of the exploration with a client
• the practice that professional boundaries must be balanced with some space in a therapeutic relationship
• the realization that the therapist is a person, with her own intersectional experiences, biases, beliefs, and knowledge
• the belief that mistakes are "okay", and can be acknowledged
Trauma based work includes understandings of the neurobiological impacts of trauma and the cascade of physical impacts experienced by survivors if their symptoms persist beyond 6-8 weeks after the traumatic event. Survivors of multiple forms of trauma over years and/or developmental stages, experience complex iimpacts of trauma. The skills they were not able to learn as children or youth to manage these impacts can be practiced and learned in adult hood.
The loss of culture and ongoing genocide of Indigenous peoples has meant that many have experienced intergenerational trauma, and this trauma is best addressed by a combination of trauma therapy with reintroduction of cultural experiences, pride and membership, including language.
What kinds of therapeutic approaches may be used?
A variety of approaches which fit each survivor and their situation are utilized and may include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:
- uncovering and changing patterns of thinking (e.g., through self talk)
Dialectic Behavioural Therapy:
- teaching and practicing emotional regulation, interpersonal skills, distress tolerance, and mindfulness (i.e., thought without judgement)
Brief Strategic Therapy:
- focusing on a specific area for change, and developing behavioural interventions to reach the target, by using the system of relationships available to the client
Sexual Assault Therapy:
- individual or group interventions aimed at mediating specific impacts, such as shame or guilt (e.g., through talk, journalling, body work, art, activism, music)
Family and Couples Work:
-emphasizing connection, support, awareness, power, shared experience, mediation of differences, relationships, and communication
- involves awareness of attachment styles in primary relationships; and, using this knowledge for reintegrating traumatic memories into 'narrative memory’ by managing post-trauma symptoms (e.g., hyperarousal, dissociation, flashbacks)
- also involves processing traumatic memories, sometimes with somatic (mind-body) technique
Fireweed Model (men's program)
- involves a combination of trauma based group therapy combined with psychodrama and Indigenous healing practices