The Gatehouse Adult Virtual Phase 2 – 16 Week Co-ed Program
COVID19 Update: The health and safety of our group participants, volunteers, placement students, and staff continue to be our priority. All Gatehouse in person groups are cancelled until further notice. We continue efforts to respond responsibly to contain the spread of Corona-virus (COVID-19) and have moved many of our programs online using virtual group meetings. An intake appointment is required prior to joining an online group. Intakes are conducted over the phone or via online meeting space. Group participants must have access to the internet, a computer or smart phone with camera and microphone to join an online meeting. All group rules apply and will be emailed to participants prior to joining group. Each participant will be provided with an e-participant guide. A materials fee of $25 applies.
Required: Registrants must have completed The Gatehouse phase 1 program prior.
This 16 week, (all gender identities) group will invite you to continue your healing journey from childhood sexual abuse in a more in-depth focus on specific topics that participants have expressed interest in during the Phase 1 program: Incorporating trauma-focused, mindfulness living techniques and meditation individuals are able to further develop and enhance positive coping skills as they continue their journey of healing.
Topics discussed include:
- Issues, Perceptions and Belief Systems
- Actions and Reflections
- Self and Other
- Moving meditations/Chi Kung/Yoga
- Meditation and Imagery
- Moving beyond Stuckness
- Creating your sacred path
- Personal Transformation
The first five weeks of the program are centered around writing and discussing core beliefs (helpful vs. unhelpful), setting SMART goals for your healing journey, writing your story, grounding and integrating strategies for continued healing, setting intentions, exploring sub-personalities through the concepts of Psychosynthesis and Neuroplasticity: The brain can be rewired post trauma to de-construct shame, guilt, vulnerability, explore the authentic self and the wise advocate, integrating PAUSE (Paying Attention Unveils Sacred Experiences) meditation practices and exploring forgiveness. Participants will explore key issue(s); creating healthy relationships, creating a meaningful life, getting past self-sabotaging behaviours, anger issues, shame, guilt, depression and fear. Participants will also continue self-reflective activities including writing their story and opportunity to share it with the group.
Homework: Each week, participants will be provided with videos links to watch and self-reflective questions, after each session for continued practice. Questions include what surfaced for you in terms of thoughts, feelings or sensations and how the themes discussed in the videos may be helpful to the healing journey? Videos about trust building, boundaries, and emotional fist aid provide insights into the experiences of shame, guilt, vulnerability, pre-trauma and post-trauma experiences, learning about unhelpful thinking patterns and the application of mindfulness – 4 steps as per Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz.
Phase 2 engages more thoroughly with beliefs and perceptions of participants including writing your story. As with any peer support self-exploration process, such activities may bring up feelings of fear, sadness and anxiousness in the group process. It is imperative that program participants have a support network outside of The Gatehouse including other peers, therapy or social work support. To search for additional mental health support resources in your community check out the e-mental health website here
Where? Due to COVID19 restrictions, The phase 2 program is delivered online via zoom meetings. It is facilitated by two trained Gatehouse volunteers. The phase 2 group is an all gender identities group.
Time/Days Offered: Mondays and/or Thursdays 6-8 times per year. The program is 16 weeks, 7pm to 9pm each session. Day groups may be available 1-2 times per year depending on participant interest and facilitators availability. Next group starts January 25, 2021, 7pm to 9pm.
How to apply?
- Intake form and intake meeting required. Due to COVID19, all intake meetings are being conducted over Zoom or phone.
- Download the Phase 2 intake from our website at: https://thegatehouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/PH2-INTAKE-FORM.docx
- Complete and send to Paula Cordeiro, firstname.lastname@example.org, Phase 2 Program Supervisor
- An intake meeting will be scheduled with Paula to determine your readiness to commit to the full 16 weeks of the program, including a willingness to engage with the weekly homework exercises, and your self-care plan/practices.
- Registration is on a first come first served basis and persons who have previously completed a phase 2 may be wait-listed.
- Materials fee must be paid prior to starting group and is non-refundable.
Questions? If you have any questions about the Phase 2 Program please email the PH2 Program supervisor, Paula.
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