Seeking Safety is a curriculum written specifically to address cognitive behavioral challenges experienced by those with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Seeking Safety is facilitated in weekly bite-sized pieces packed with tools that are easy to apply but have far reaching, long lasting transformative value. As with all our classes and support groups, Seeking Safety is offered for people in recovery by people in long-term recovery. Although the peers who lead our classes and groups have been educated and received certifications where necessary to facilitate certain classes, we are fully peer-led and in non-clinical settings. We are experts first by our lived experience.
Wellness has many dimensions. This class will address the following major areas of focus:
The purpose of this class is to provide strategies and support to help you make positive, lasting life changes. In this class we will explore five dimensions of wellness.
We will explore the range of feelings that you may be experiencing at this stage in your recovery. They may vary Dash whether you’re confused, angry, anxious, frustrated, relieved, enthusiastic, or simply curious. Whatever your attitude is at this moment, know that changes in your life are always taking place. The strategies for wellness that you learn in this class connect as healthy and fulfilling substitutes to the behaviors you choose to change.
This class is designed to help you understand the basics of alcohol and other drug addiction and the impact the disease has on all members of the family.
The Family Disease
Alcohol another drug addiction is not a disease that only affects the person who has a problem with alcohol or other drugs. Rather, it influences the lives of all those close to the person suffering from the disease.
A family is hooked together like a mobile over a babies crib. Whatever happens to one person affects the balance of the entire family. When addiction begins to take control of the life of one person in the family, other members adjust their own behavior.
Often, these changes or attempts to help control or lessen the damage the addicted person is causing. The partner, parent or child wants to make things better. As a result, family members act or adjust to try and keep things in order. Sometimes they aren’t even where they are doing this.
For the purpose of this class, family is defined as any supportive person who is willing and able to assist the addicted person in his or her recovery. This may include a spouse, sibling, father, mother, son, daughter, other relative, neighbor or close friend.
What are relationships?
Relationships are the connections and interactions that link people together. You have relationships with everyone who touches your life.
You have relationships with each of your family members and friends. You have connections to others in the community staff and peers in your treatment program.
Some relationships are casual, like when you say hello to someone you see every day, but you don’t really know. Your most important personal relationships are with those closest to you, such as a favorite family member, mentor, best friend, or partner.
Close, personal relationships often develop from spending time with casual acquaintances. To improve the quality of your relationships, you will want to make responsible choices about those with whom you decide to spend your time.
Close relationships require that you risk showing the “real you” by sharing your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Healthy relationships take time, energy, and patience.
What is self-worth?
Self-worth is what you think and believe about yourself. You express your self-worth by the way you treat yourself.
People with high self-worth feel good about themselves. They value their own opinions and ideas. Their behavior in appearance reflects the positive view they have of themselves.
People with low self-worth place little value in their own opinions and ideas. This is often reflected in how they look and how they act.
It can be difficult for people with alcohol and other drug problems to keep up feelings of high self-worth. Their actions may not match their values.
Making positive self-changes can improve your view of yourself.
This class will help you find ways to increase your self-worth and gives you an opportunity to set specific goals for working on your self-worth.
“As I make recovery a priority in my life, I’m starting to see myself in a new light. I’m feeling better about the person I am.”
This training increases trauma awareness for those working with justice impacted individuals and their family members. This introduction to trauma informed care will help us become more aware of the effects of trauma in the lives of those we serve. By better understanding the effects of abuse, trauma and other experiences contributing to physical and mental health we develop greater understanding of typical behaviors and reactions. This training provides information about the lives involved in the justice system, the process of trauma, and its effects. Together we will learn about the pervasiveness of violence in the world and in the lives of the system impacted. We will learn the definitions of violence, trauma, and being “trauma informed”.
This training, although powerful as a stand-alone, is better as a Part 2 to Becoming Trauma Informed. This class helps us create trauma responsive and crisis related strategies. Understanding the story behind the escalation often helps to diffuse the situation allowing the client, and provider, to both experience preserved wellness. This training will help us understand secondary, or vicarious trauma, develop healthy and professional de-escalation techniques and strategies. It will also educate us on necessary steps to take when creating safety plans when necessary to address potential suicide, homicide, or mental health crises.
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SRP : M-F 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Cafe : M-F 11:30am – 1:30pm