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.
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.