victim - child or adolescent currently being abused or still in the environment of the abuse.
Survivor - one who thru a healing process has achieved health & is living not just existing.
AVACs™ - Adult (adolescent) Violated As Child sexually. The life-learning stage between victim & Survivor.
A Learner benefits more from a mirroring effect of other Learners in group
rather than from one-on-one sessions with a professional.
In groups, Learners perceive the common attitudes of other AVACs™ & recognize themselves in others. Over time Learners begin to perceive something dramatically impressive - positive growth & movement by peers toward effective solutions.
Group format offers a productive & safe environment for AVACs™ .
There are many people to depend on, model from, mirror back, coach & ultimately
be coached by rather than putting hope & faith in one person (a therapist).
"Safety in numbers," when handled properly, plants the seeds of trust and change.
GROUP vs. INDIVIDUAL
SHOW & TELL
CORE & FOUNDATION
THE LIVING WELL™
Replace unhealthy coping mechanisms learned as children that cause
dependency on medications, hospitalizations & suicide ideation.
Learning healthy behaviors denied during childhood.
Develop & practice skills never learned.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL?
It's doesn't matter how long a person works on their issues.
Some have worked years,
have passed the age of 60
& are as unhealthy as they were at 18.
It is the work that is done that matters and creates healthy living.
THE COST: calculate the cost of multiple 5 day psychiatric unit inpatient admits @ $633 per day ($3315 each admission) or multiple & repeated outpatient sessions vs. 1 year in a treatment group program providing lasting results from investment of less than $2000 per person.
TRADITIONAL THERAPY: developed to help people who are temporarily off track
(loss of job, divorce, death in the family) get back on track.
THE PROBLEM: Tracks are never laid. Age doesn't provide them,
Healthy, appropriate parenting is supposed to.
Enter a hospital emergency department bleeding profusely from the arm.
Do medical professionals deal with the past 1st? "What chain of events led to this accident?"
Do they jump 1st to the future? "After you take your antibiotics, see your doctor for follow-up."
Of course they don't.
The 1st thing dealt with is the immediate problem at hand.
STOP THE FLOW OF BLOOD!
Only after the immediate danger is under control are the other issues important.