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Therapeutic Empowerment Self-Defense Training: An integrated Approach toward Healing and Violence Prevention

Stone House Associates is delighted to announce a new program being offered by psychologist Dr. Christine DiBlasio in conjunction with the Safety Team, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the safety, empowerment, resiliency, leadership, and well-being of women for over 10 years.

This program is FREE for participants and is sponsored by the Vermont Center for Crime Victims’ Services.  It will be offered from January 1, 2020-June 30, 2020 and consists of individual and small group (4 members, 2 senior instructors) therapeutic sessions. Enrollment is open during this entire time period, but spots are limited. Women over the age of 18 who have experienced interpersonal physical or sexual violence may be eligible.

The Safety Team, of which Dr. DiBlasio is a founding member, offers a continuum of specialized therapeutic services to women who are recovering from the trauma of sexual assault and other violence. These services promote somatic reprocessing and healing while also enhancing victims’ feelings of safety, personal power, and community connection. Please note that the current project offers up to 3 individual sessions (3 hours) and up to 3 small group sessions per participant (5 hours), free of charge.

Therapeutic Empowerment Self-Defense Training: An Integrated Approach towards Trauma Recovery and Violence Prevention

Program Objectives and Key Components
Psychoeducation about Trauma
o	Grounding and Stabilization Techniques
o	Information on:
§	Neurobiological/Adrenaline Responses to Threat
§	Redirecting Blame toward Perpetrator
§	Somatic Reprocessing
Therapeutic Empowerment Self-Defense Training 
              (see attached Logic Model)
o	Sexual Assault Information
o	Affirmative Consent
o	ESD Mindset
o	Verbal/Physical Boundary Setting
o	Empowerment Self-Defense Techniques
o	Risk Reduction Strategies

Benefits to Victims: It is important to note that The Safety Team’s approach is unique from other victim services. We understand the pivotal role that somatic reprocessing plays in the healing process, particularly in regard to the trauma caused by interpersonal violence. Extensive research in the field of trauma recovery affirms not only the mind-body connection, but the importance of integrating movement as part of treatment (Drs. Van der Kolk, Levine, and others). From our own work with victims, The Safety Team has seen this in action; women gain a sense of confidence and control, learn that their bodies have power, and rediscover a feeling of personal safety and freedom. At all levels of our programming, we incorporate physical movement, as one’s sense of agency, one’s empowerment, is also a bodily experience. Our programs reaffirm to women that they have the right to take up space, are deserving of respect, and have more emotional and physical power than they realize.

For more information, please contact Christine DiBlasio, Ph.D. at 654-7607 ext 2 or email cdiblasio@stonehouseassociates.com

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