Partners Support Workshop

Introductory Partners Support Workshop

A one day workshop exploring…“ Being the partner of a person who has been traumatized by childhood sexual abuse.” Both partner/support person and survivor are encouraged to attend together. 

This introductory session creates the space for partners to actively engage in an experiential, holistic healing journey where both people have their experiences and questions, and insights explored in practical and meaningful ways.  This process is based on principles of transformative learning and empathetic learning. You will have the opportunity for personal reflection, the opportunity to talk with others about your reflections, questions, insights, and the ongoing opportunity to explore very specific, practical forms of The Whole Relationship.

Date: Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Humber College Lakeshore Commons, Building: H, Room:105, located near  21 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive (just behind the Tim Hortons) south of Lakeshore and Kipling.  There is free parking on campus and on Kipling on weekends.

Registration Required: click here to register

Partners Workshops Facilitators: Carolyn, Jay, Stewart, and Nicola

Cost: Free

QuestionsPlease contact Paula, Carolyn, Jay, Stewart, Nicola

Facilitators: Carolyn, Jay, Stewart, and Nicola

Partners Workshop Focus:

This process grew out of an orientation which focused on the experience of partners of adults who had experienced the trauma of childhood sexual abuse.  There was a deep expression of wanting to hear the voice of others who were experiencing a similar story, ‘being the partner of a person who was traumatized by childhood sexual abuse.’  The orientation surfaced a number of key themes: There was a deep expression of wanting to understand what the impact of past trauma could have and was having on their present relationship with their partner. There was a deep expression of wanting to understand their role in the healing journey of their partner. This process creates the space for partners to actively engage in an experiential, holistic healing journey where both people have their experiences, and questions, and insights explored in practical and meaningful ways. This process is based on principles of transformative learning and empathetic learning. You will have the opportunity for personal reflection, the opportunity to talk with others about your reflections, questions, insights, and the ongoing opportunity to explore very specific, practical forms of The Whole Relationship.

Your relationship can be a catalyst for the surfacing of past trauma(s) and this process of surfacing can be both profoundly transformational and healing, but it can also be expressed through deep struggles.  There is no true transformation without a true struggle.

Themes that will be explored throughout the one-day workshop:

The focus of this program has 4 key themes:

  • What is childhood sexual abuse?
  • What are the experiences for the adult who has experienced childhood sexual abuse?
  • What are the experiences for the partner of the adult who has experienced childhood sexual abuse?
  • What does trauma and the healing journey do to the whole relationship: what is the struggle for both?
  • How do people manifest in meaningful ways: The Whole Relationship

*For partners of persons currently enrolled or who have completed a Gatehouse support group program*

For more information please call us at 416-255-5900.

Monthly Partners Only

Following the completion of the one day partners workshop, the partners are welcome to attend the monthly partners only meetings which take place on the last Monday of every month, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Gatehouse.  For more info about these meetings, contact Carolyn. Thank you.

This program was generously supported by The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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