The YWCA offers a variety of groups to assist survivors and non-offending family members with healing from the trauma of sexual assault. Clients are able to challenge their feelings of isolation and receive support from peers by participating in group counseling. While specific groups may vary from site to site, groups are typically offered to adult survivors of child sexual abuse, child and teen survivors of sexual violence, and parents. Groups may focus on a specific theme (boundaries, safety, empowerment), may utilize a form of expressive therapy (photography, poetry, art) to engage clients in the healing process, or focus on providing information about sexual assault/abuse and coping skills. Group services are offered regularly across all of our service locations.

Current Support Groups:

In This Together: A Monthly Survivor Social Space (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago will be hosting a monthly social space for adult survivors of sexual violence.

This group will be a safe, supportive space where you can get together, make art, listen to music, talk, laugh, and create community.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Create community and connection with other survivors
  • Engage in arts and crafts activities to promote self-care
  • Reduce feelings of isolation by engaging in a monthly social activity

These socials are open to adult survivors of both childhood and adult sexual abuse of any gender and sexual orientation.

Where: YWCA RISE Center
When:  2nd Tuesday of every month (July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14 and December 12) 6:30-8:00pm
Cost: Free

If you are interested in attending, contact Alex Champagne at 312.229.7251. RSVP encouraged, but not required.

STRESS Less: Tools and Skills Group (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago will be hosting a 6-week group for adults impacted by sexual violence. This group will be a safe, supportive space where you can join other survivors and non-offending significant others in:

  • Learning mindfulness for anxiety reduction
  • Identify and develop tools for coping with overwhelming emotions
  • Practicing grounding and stress management techniques

Members will be empowered to discuss, develop, and practice effective stress management skills through group discussion and facilitator led techniques.

Where: YWCA Cynthia B. Lafuente Center
When:  Mondays (September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, October 30) 6:00-7:30pm
Cost: Free

If you are interested in attending, contact Alex Champagne at 312.229.7251 or Adrianne Harkless at 312.762.2778. All interested individuals must complete an intake. Spots are limited. Please RSVP by August 25, 2017.

For more information on support groups being offered at a Chicago area location, please call (312) 733-2102.