It's A Girl Thing
Many teen girls who have been exposed to abuse, neglect or witness to family and community violence subsequently experience a range of emotional and behaviour mental health difficulties, including engaging in behaviours that place them at risk of experiencing or re-experiencing sexual assault, exploitation and/or unhealthy relationships. Many girls are not ready or willing to engage in treatment focusing on their earlier experience, but are willing to participate in a group to discuss issues of relevance to them. It’s a Girl Thing is a group for teen girls (ages 13 – 17) that often serves as an introduction for many girls to get further individual treatment.
This group aims to:
- Enhance future safety
- Enhance recovery and coping skills by focusing on skill building such as self-protection, self-soothing, affect regulation, creating and maintaining boundaries and developing healthy sexuality and relationships
- Strengthen girls overall functioning
- Engage girls into future trauma treatment where applicable.
Topics include: Mindfulness, Coping and Relaxation Techniques, Substance Use, Bullying, Body Image and self-worth, Self-care, Feelings Identification, Healthy Sexuality, Internet Safety, Connections Between Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviours, Healthy Relationships, Problem Solving, Assertiveness and Self-Esteem, Enhancing Future Safety.
The group is scheduled to begin at Carizon, 400 Queen Street South, on March 4, 2015, running for 12 weeks on Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m., and is co-led by facilitators from The Sexual Abuse Treatment Program at Family and Children’s Services and Carizon Family and Community Services. While the group is free, participants must be referred to It’s a Girl Thing and participate in an initial needs assessment to determine their treatment needs and fit for the group.