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 drop-in social space for adult survivors of sexual violence. In a safe, supportive space, you can make art, listen to music, talk, laugh, and create community with other survivors.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Create community and connection with other survivors
  • Engage in art activities to promote self-care (no prior art experience necessary)
  • Reduce feelings of isolation by engaging in a monthly social activity

These socials are open to adults who are survivors of childhood and/or adult sexual trauma of any gender and sexual orientation. Feel free to attend as many or as few socials as you would like!

Where: YWCA RISE Center
When:  Second Tuesday of every month, January 9th to June 12th, 6:30-8:00 pm
Cost: Free

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

Healthy Relationships: Female-Identified Adult Group (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago will be hosting a 6-week group for Spanish speaking survivors who have been impacted by sexual violence.

This group will be a safe, supportive space where you can join others in:

  • Understanding how trauma has impacted relationship-building skills.
  • Identifying healthy and unhealthy patterns within relationships.
  • Identifying what you want within a relationship.
  • Learning effective communication techniques to express your needs to others.
  • Practicing communication skills within the group.

Members will be empowered to identify their needs within a relationship through the use of creative expression and learn how to communicate those needs to others.

Where: YWCA Patterson & McDaniel Family Center
When:  Thursdays, May 24th to June 28th, 6:00 pm -7:30 pm
Cost: Free

Spots are limited. RSVP is required. If you are interested in attending, contact Cinthya Valladares at 630-580-8325 or Yasmin Zaragoza at 630-580-3122.

Relaciones Saludables: Grupo de Mujeres Adultas (Spanish Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitano Chicago organizara un grupo de 6 semanas para sobrevivientes que han sido afectadas por violencia sexual. Este grupo será en español y será un lugar de apoyo y seguridad donde pueden unirse con otras personas para:

  • Entender como el trauma ha impactado sus habilidades para construir relaciones saludables.
  • Identificar patrones de relaciones saludables y no saludables.
  • Identificar lo que usted quiere en sus relaciones con otras personas o con usted mismo.
  • Aprender técnicas efectivas para comunicarse con los demás.
  • Practicar habilidades de comunicación entre el grupo.

Las participantes serán empoderadas a discutir el impacto de su experiencia personal y desarrollar y practicar estrategias y maneras saludables de enfrentamiento.

Donde: YWCA Patterson & McDaniel Family Center
Cuando:  Jueves, 24 de Mayo hasta el 28 de Junio, 6:00 pm -7:30 pm
Costo: Gratuito

El espacio está limitado. Favor de reservar su espacio. Si está interesada en asistir llame a: Cinthya Valladares al 630-580-8325 o Yasmin Zaragoza al 630-580-3122.

Creativity and Communication: Roundtable Discussion (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago will be hosting a roundtable discussion for female survivors of sexual violence who identify as Women of Color and want to explore the impact of racism and prejudice in their lives.

The roundtable is intended to create an open, respectful, and welcoming space for women of color to share stores of how sexual violence, racism, and oppression, and prejudice influence day-to-day movement and their process of healing from trauma. Participants will be encouraged to share ideas and empower each other through connection, solidarity, compassion, and altruism in order to build a sense of community.

In a safe, supportive space, join other survivors in:

  • Discuss how the socioeconomic and political climate has impacted self-image
  • Identify systems of oppression
  • Learn about the role of generational/familial values
  • Explore what roles and responsibilities you can undertake to secure or create a positive self-regard

Where: YWCA RISE Center
When:  Tuesday, June 5th, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Cost: FREE

Where: University of Chicago, 550 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
When:  Tuesday, May 28th, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Cost: FREE

Please RSVP by May 25th 2018. RSVP is required for participation. If you are interested in attending, please contact Raliat Queenie Adeboyejo at 312.762.2747 or Andria Lampkin at 312.762. 2737. Registration deadline in May 25th.

Creative Identities: Bridging the Gap Between Your Story and Yourself (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago will be hosting an 8-week therapy group for adult survivors of sexual violence to creatively explore the impact of sexual trauma on their sense of identity.

This group will be a safe, supportive space to:

  • Explore the intersections of identity and sexual trauma
  • Experience your trauma narrative through a variety of creative expression techniques, including prose, poetry, art etc.
  • Increase your understanding of how trauma impacts multiple areas of your life
  • Provide and receive support from individuals with like experiences

The group is open to adult survivors of both childhood and adult sexual abuse; and survivors of any gender or sexual orientation.

Where: YWCA RISE Center
When:  Mondays, June 25th to August 13th, 6:30-8:00 pm
Cost: Free

Spots are limited. RSVP is required. If you are interested in attending, contact Adrianne Harkless at 312.762.2778 or Aviva Rosenberg at 312.762.2749. All interested individuals must complete an intake to determine group readiness. Registration deadline is June 1st.

Más Fuertes Juntos: Grupo para Padres/Cuidadores Inmigrantes (Spanish Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago los invita a un grupo creativo en español para padres y cuidadores inmigrantes. El grupo será enfocado en las experiencias de inmigración y cómo estas afectan el cuidado y apoyo de sus hijos que han sobrevivido el abuso sexual.

El grupo ofrecerá un espacio seguro de apoyo para que padres puedan reflexionar sobre sus experiencias, compartir recursos y utilizar medios creativos para procesar temas como:

  • Los factores estresantes en el ambiente político actual
  • El impacto que tienen las diferentes interpretaciones culturales del abuso sexual sobre las familias
  • Los retos de navegar procesos legales siendo un padre inmigrante
  • La separación familiar debido a cuestiones de inmigración y/o abuso sexual infantil
  • Las emociones difíciles relacionadas con el abuso sexual infantil
  • El manejo del autocuidado

Podemos acomodar hasta 8 personas. Por favor de confirmar su participación lo más pronto que pueda.

Donde: YWCA RISE Center
Cuando:  Los jueves, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Fechas del grupo seran determinadas pronto
Costo: Gratis

Si le gustaría participar, por favor de contactar a Gabriela Alvarado (312) 762-2732 o Kelin Hall
(312) 229-7244.

Stronger Together: Group for Immigrant Parents and Caretakers (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago invites you to a creative processing group in Spanish for immigrant parents and caregivers. The group will be focused on immigration experiences and how these affect the care and support of children who have survived sexual abuse.

The group will offer a safe, supportive space for parents to reflect on their experiences, share resources and use creative means to process issues such as:

  • The stressors faced in the current political climate
  • The impact of different cultural interpretations of sexual abuse on families
  • The challenges of navigating legal processes as an immigrant parent
  • Family separation due to immigration issues and/or child sexual abuse
  • Difficult emotions related to child sexual abuse
  • The management of self-care

We can accommodate up to 8 people. Please confirm your participation as soon as you can.

Where: YWCA RISE Center
When:  Thursdays, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Start date to be determined
Cost: Free

If you’d like to participate, please contact Gabriela Alvarado (312) 762-2732 or Kelin Hall
(312) 229-7244.

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