Sexual assault support group starting

Pathways to Healing, a grant-funded program of the Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team, is designed to help victims of sexual assault in the healing process.

The 10-week support group will be open to 12-15 pre-screened women and meetings will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Medford library. This is a closed group, meaning drop-ins won't be allowed. Sessions will begin Oct. 4 and end Dec. 13 (no meeting Thanksgiving week).

The group format is considered "psycho-educational," more similar to a class than a traditional talk therapy group. A new topic, such as "Managing the Effects of Trauma," "Discovering the New 'Normal,'" "Re-building Trust," will be introduced each wee. Classes will include incorporating a new skill or activity, such as breathing exercises, art, music, movement, or writing, and participants will have homework to reinforce the practice of the skill into their lives.

Pathways to Healing is a pilot group, so each week participants will complete a brief survey regarding the usefulness of the topic and skill introduced during that week.

Organizers will conduct follow-ups with participants to determine their process and status at one month, six months, and one year after the sessions are over.

For more information, call 888-603-4279 or visit www.jcsart.org.

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