Part of my advanced training requires me to gain group/workshop experience and I have been so fortunate to have had the support of The Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre's support to offer this innovative way to provide services to female rape survivors.
Transactional Analysis therapy was originally delivered within groups, the therapist facilitated the therapy, working with each member in turn. The participants would be educated in TA as the group formed.
Planning the group with the WRASAC women took careful consideration. WRASAC also supports women who have survived, childhood, physical, sexual and emotional abuse. To have a combined group of childhood abuse and rape survivors together would risk vicarious retraumatisation as disclosure emerged during the group process.
Survivors of childhood abuse are also a diverse and complex group often with ongoing issues regarding their trauma and the decision was made to hold a single topic group of survivors of gender based violence to facilitate a heightened sense of "holding" and boundaries for the women. There was also the need to apply inclusion and exclusion criteria
Woman would have to have been in one to one support for at least 6 months to have begun to work through the trauma and have experienced the counselling process. The 1 to 1 support would continue throughout the life of the group to ensure the women would have access to their support worker.
Woman with active and untreated severe and enduring mental health problems would not be included given their vulnerability is likely to impact on their ability to participate in a group (Koss and Harvey, 1991).
The group programme would run for 12 weeks, the first 6 weeks would be to introduce TA concepts in an interactive way. This includes the core principles and philosophy of TA, Ego States, Communication, Stroke economy, Psychological Games (relationship patterns), Script ( life patterns) and Emotional expression (Rackets).
The final 6 weeks would then use the TA concepts learnt within the group to increase and improve the functioning of their Adult ego state, improve their communication skills, a tool to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, to begin to focus on aspects of their relationship with themselves and others and to change their stroke economy.
The final 6 weeks would then be audiotaped to fulfil requirements around evaluation and my training. each session would also be evaluated utilising CORE outcome measures to track the impact of the sessions on each woman.
If you would like to know more about the workshops or have experienced gender based violence and would like to see if I can help you then please contact me on 07824700980.