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Support Groups

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can't survive.” - Brené Brown

The Haven offers several opportunities for survivors to connect with others who have had similar experiences through a variety of different groups, sessions or workshops. Please sign up below to get on the waiting list for the next available group. Currently, The Haven is offering the following:

A list of support groups offered by The Haven
Horizon
Do you want to connect with other survivors?

Horizon is a social support group for students who have experienced sexual assault and/or sexual harassment. This group values self-determination, survivor autonomy, connection, and belonging. The purpose of Horizon is to build social and emotional well-being through connection and support with other survivors. Horizon is not facilitated by licensed or clinical therapists and is not intended to replace the need for, and benefit of, professional therapeutic interventions. Horizon is led by trained confidential student or staff advocates, under the supervision of the Director of The Haven. 

Please sign up for Horizon here if you are interested in joining the group. For questions, please contact Liz Cascone, Director of The Haven. 

Healthy Connections
Have you ever thought to yourself, "is this healthy?"

Healthy Connections is a discussion group where students can talk about how to build skills to have healthy intimate-partner relationships. In this group, students will discuss the difference between healthy and unhealthy partnerships, strategies to improve relationships, boundary setting, communication, and conflict resolution. This group is facilitated by our community partners from Avalon Center.

Please sign up for Healthy Connections here if you are interested in joining the group. For questions, please contact Liz Cascone, Director of The Haven. 

Creative Arts Group
Healing and connection through creating art is a powerful tool.

The Haven, in collaboration with Health and Wellness, offers a Creative Arts Group specifically designed for students who have experienced trauma. This is a closed group, meaning that the same participants attend all sessions offered over the course of 6-10 weeks. The Haven offers one group each semester for up to six students per group. There is no obligation to share your story in the group and you do not need to have art experience to participate in the group. This group is facilitated by facilitated by Sarah Balascio a Board Certified Creative Arts Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher. Participants are selected on a first-come, first-served basis and whether their schedule can accommodate the time the group is offered. A waiting list will be maintained if the groups fill up. 

OUR ART THERAPIST IS ABROAD THIS YEAR SO WE ARE CURRENTLY UNABLE TO OFFER THIS GROUP. For questions, please contact Liz Cascone, Director of The Haven. 

Trauma-Informed Yoga and Movement
The mind-body connection can serve as a healing resource.

This group will explore yoga and movement through trauma-informed practices. Group members will gain insight into the mind body connection, learn skills for coping with distress and triggers, and practice breathing and meditation techniques through a safe and welcoming environment. This group welcomes anyone who has experienced past trauma. This group is sponsored by The Haven and facilitated by Sarah Balascio a Board Certified Creative Arts Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher.

Please sign up for Trauma-Informed Yoga and Movement here if you are interested in joining the sessions. For questions, please contact Liz Cascone, Director of The Haven. 

Healing from Harm Series
Relaxation, mindfulness, nature, compassion can bring joy.

This series is sponsored by The Haven and each workshop is specifically designed for students who have experienced past trauma. Workshops are facilitated by Martha Rouleau who has a background in teaching from a trauma-informed lens, which she weaves into her work. Martha believes that healing is accessible to all even in the smallest of moments with the smallest of steps. The series includes the following workshops.

  • Reiki for Relaxation

  • Mindfulness in Nature:  Connecting to Heal

  • Mindfulness:  Skills to work with Anxiety

  • Compassion: Skills for living with Ease

Sign up here: https://campusrec.wm.edu/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=ff459e3c-07cd-47a1-bc43-0afb17b7eb9e&semesterId=56ffc37d-64d2-40dd-94c0-bcb86d0e7d3b

Rising Above: Recovery from Childhood Abuse

This confidential group is for W&M students who have experienced physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse as a child. In this group, members will learn about how to build safety, support, coping skills, and resiliency. This is a closed group, meaning the same participants are in the group together over a series of weeks. This group will be held on campus and facilitated by our community partners from Avalon Center.

Please sign up for Rising Above: Recovery from Childhood Abuse if you are interested in joining this group. For questions, please contact Liz Cascone, Director of The Haven.