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Workshops

WORKSHOPS FOR HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

As a team, we are passionate about raising awareness, providing education,
and promoting impactful conversation around intimate partner violence.

teen in abusive relationship

RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE 101:
Is Your Teen Safe?

A presentation based on her guide book, Help Me, Help Her: A Guide to Treating Survivors of Domestic Violence.  Ms. Yaffa begins with sharing her story as a survivor of extreme domestic violence, as well as rape and then walks participants through the stages of healing; focusing on what was/wasn’t helpful along the way. Then a discussion surrounding the work she has done with thousands of survivors, utilizing information from hundreds of support groups, book interviews, and crisis interventions in order to guide the professional into appropriate assessment tools, issues surrounding cultural sensitivity, core longings, therapeutic tools, and resources. It is her intention to bring the audience full circle; from tragedy to a place of hope, understanding, education, and clinical expertise where appropriate.

RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE 101:
Intimate Partner Violence on a College Campus

With nearly half (43%) of dating college women reporting that they are/have experienced violent and abusive dating behaviors it is imperative that both staff and students are provided the opportunity to address the challenges attached to young adult relationships. Equally important is our acknowledgment of the complexities related to dating abuse pertaining to college students such as substance use, technology, relational experimentation, as well as being away from home. Jessica and her team are committed to creating the space to address each of these issues, while also offering education and support surrounding the particulars of assessing, responding, and safety planning for this unique population.

college student struggling with relationship violence
domestic violence after drinking alcohol

RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE 101:
Substance Use and Intimate Partner Violence

It is no secret that there is a direct correlation between substance use and relationship trauma. Whether we are looking at substance misuse as a coping mechanism for dealing with the trauma that has been experienced, or how the use of substances influences our acting out in relationship, it is equally important that we as parents, treatment providers, and the general public have an understanding of the cross-over. Our team is passionate about sharing this unique perspective, while also equipping the community with appropriate assessment tools, resources, and response protocol for those experiencing this co-existing dynamic.

THE CONTINUUM:
Defining Relationship Violence

Most of us think about relationship violence as involving some form of physical lashing out, however there is nothing further from the truth. Millions of men and women experience a continuum of relationship abuse each year, including what may seem to be “low level” abuse. Without the knowledge or language of all that constitutes this epidemic, we are often left without the competence to assess and address these issues competently. In this workshop, Jessica and her team educate participants surrounding the continuum of relationship violence, including less-obvious warning signs, assessment language, and resources appropriate to the individual’s experience.

man struggling with intimate partner violence
therapist helping survivor of relationship violence

HELP ME, HELP HER:
A Workshop for Professionals Who Are Supporting Survivors

A presentation based on her guide book, Help Me, Help Her: A Guide to Treating Survivors of Domestic Violence.  Ms. Yaffa begins with sharing her story as a survivor of extreme domestic violence, as well as rape and then walks participants through the stages of healing; focusing on what was/wasn’t helpful along the way. Then a discussion surrounding the work she has done with thousands of survivors, utilizing information from hundreds of support groups, book interviews, and crisis interventions in order to guide the professional into appropriate assessment tools, issues surrounding cultural sensitivity, core longings, therapeutic tools, and resources. It is her intention to bring the audience full circle; from tragedy to a place of hope, understanding, education, and clinical expertise where appropriate.

THE ABC’S OF RELATIONSHIP ABUSE:
A Workshop for Parents of Teens

Back-to-school time is a perfect opportunity to start the conversation about healthy relationships. Do you know what teen relationship abuse looks like? Would you recognize the sometimes subtle signs that a teen is in trouble? Would you know how to help? Get the tools and info you need in this unique workshop led by Jessica Yaffa and Karolyn Shapiro, MFT.

two teens in a healthy relationship