Group work programmes

GDASS offers a number of group work programmes. All of the GDASS programmes are completely free of charge.

 

 

 

The Freedom Programme

Length: 10 weeks

Who can attend: The Freedom Programme is available to women only.

Referrals will be considered from women who are currently experiencing abuse, those who have left a relationships in which they were abused, and those who are directly affected by domestic abuse.

Course overview:

Created by Pat Craven, The Freedom Programme is designed to provide an opportunity for women to develop ways of thinking and behaving to protect themselves, their children, and others from harm. To provide them with the knowledge they need to achieve this.

Based around ‘The Dominator’, the Freedom Programme looks each week at different aspects of his personality and the abusive tactics used by him.

The programme supports its participants to identify abusive tactics and warning signs, and explores the belief systems of the abuser and of themselves. This includes the effects on children and how domestic abuse shapes their behaviours and belief systems.

 

 

 

The Phoenix Programme

Length: 10 weeks

Who can attend: The Phoenix Programme is available to women only.

Referrals will only be considered from women who are no longer experiencing domestic abuse.

Course overview:

The programme asks participants to retrospectively explore their individual experiences of domestic abuse and their response to this.

The topics are covered:

  • The dynamics of abuse
  • Life without abuse
  • Knowing and recognising abuse
  • Working with the effects of abuse
  • Personal Power
  • Relating to others
  • Assertiveness
  • Moving on

The Phoenix Programme provides an understanding of domestic abuse and helps women to develop their abilities and increase their confidence and self awareness.

 

 

 

Trust and Understanding Families Group (TUFG)

Length: 12 Weeks

Who can attend: TUFG is available to only women attending with a child aged 6 -11 years old. Siblings will not be accepted and should be referred into different groups.

Referrals will only be considered from women who are no longer experiencing domestic abuse.

Course overview:

TUFG is a community group-work programme for children and mothers who have experienced and witnessed domestic abuse and is led by a number of professionals from different agencies.

The programme is specifically designed to provide children with the opportunity to think about and understand the violence and abuse they have witnessed.

The children’s group meets separately to the mother’s group, and both groups meet on a weekly basis. Both the mother and child must attend the programme.

The mother's group supports mothers to put measures in place to support their children through their recovery.

GDASS also offers CRUSH, which is a programme specifically tailored for young people. Details of this programme are available here.

 

 

 

Contact us

Phone: 0845 602 9035 or Email: support@gdass.org.uk.

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