University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Psychiatry
Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy

National Research and Training Center (NRTC)

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Hope for Healing: Self-Help for Women Trauma Survivors

Hope for Healing is a self-help support group facilitator's manual for women mental health consumers who are survivors of physical or sexual abuse and are in the initial stages of abuse recovery. Topics addressed include creating safety and coping with crises, managing intense emotions, flashbacks, and self-injury; facing fears; therapeutic limit-setting; and spirituality as part of recovery. Information about different types of abuse and their effects on current functioning is provided. The curriculum was designed to be led by experienced peers and/or nonconsumers. Special attention is paid to self-care techniques for the group facilitators, particularly if they are in recovery themselves.

You may download a free copy of the manual now, or order a copy of this manual from the Women's Resources page of the Publications list [PDF, 223K] . Orders cannot be taken over the Internet. You will need to print off an order form that can either be faxed or mailed to the Center.

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