Groups & Client Workshops

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:

Creative Writing Workshop: Mental Wellness Through Storytelling (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is hosting a 5-week creative writing workshop for adults wanting to process their emotions and thoughts through storytelling. In this workshop, no prior writing experience is necessary—all you need is your imagination. This group will meet once a week for five weeks and all writing materials will be provided. This is a space open to any English-speaking individual that has had trouble expressing themselves and is interested in creative writing.

Members do need to commit to coming every week unless otherwise arranged with a facilitator. Please contact one of the facilitators below to complete a one-time screening before the first day to determine workshop eligibility. This workshop is open to adults 19 and up, of all
racial/cultural identities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Where: Hybrid (Virtual/YWCA Laura Parks & Mildred Francis Center)
When: Tuesdays, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM CST
Cost: Free
Contacts:Chelsea Ballinger, MA, Therapist, at 312-229-7242 or chelsea.ballinger@ywcachicago.org. Furrunnecia Newberry LCPC, Therapist, at 312-762-2745 or furrunnecia.newberry@ywcachicago.org.

Email a facilitator to schedule a screening to determine workshop eligibility.

Healing in Community: A Community for Queer, Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence (English Flyer)

In this community space, we’ll practice:

  • Creating experiences of safety and belonging by collaboratively choosing discussion topics or activities, which may include embodied, anti-/de-colonial practices such as acupressure, art, yoga, etc.
  • Developing relationships with other queer folks on their healing journeys!
    The group will be a drop-in space open to any English-speaking, queer, adult survivor of sexual violence at any age. You do not need to commit to coming on a monthly basis, but we ask that you RSVP via email or phone each month. Please contact one of the facilitators below to complete a one-time screening before your first event.

Where: YWCA Cynthia B. Lafuente Center
When: 1st Thursday of every month, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
Cost: Free

For more information and/or to participate, please contact one of the facilitators by the day before to complete one-time screening. Zoom access will be provided once approved.

Previous Workshops/Groups:

  • Más Fuertes Juntos: Grupo para Padres/Cuidadores Inmigrantes (Spanish Flyer)
  • Stronger Together: Group for Immigrant Parents and Caretakers (English Flyer)
  • Survivor Papermaking Group (English Flyer)
For more information on support groups being offered at a Chicago area location, please call (312) 733-2102.