The DC Anti-Violence Project (DCAVP) LGBTQ+ Working Through Trauma groups invite LGBTQ+ survivors of violence, abuse and trauma to focus on processing trauma responses and symptoms as a group through a variety of therapeutic techniques, learning to manage triggers and painful memories, and other behavioral processing activities. Participants will also focus on the mind-body connection throughout the course of the group, engaging in art and expression activities, mindful meditation/visualization, deep breathing, and other tactile exercises to help process through trauma responses while creating accessible coping strategies.
The groups are closed membership groups and are held weekly for 10-week cycles, 2 times each year. Participants sign up for intake interviews to determine if the group is appropriate. Groups are typically Monday or Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm – 7 pm. During pandemic conditions, to assure the greatest safety for clients and DC Center staff, the groups take place via Zoom.
Read here for eligibility guidelines for LGBTQ+ client behavioral health services at the DC Center.
Next Scheduled Groups
The next cycle of the groups will start in October 2021 via Zoom. Due to continued pandemic conditions, these groups will meet remotely via HIPAA-compliant (secure and private) Zoom. Access to confidential space and visual (video) technology are necessary to get the most out of the therapy groups. If you have any concerns, please connect with us and we will see what we can do.
Queer Women Working Through Trauma, Mondays 5:30-7pm, October 11 – December 13, 2021, facilitated by Michele Johns, LGSW.
Queer All Genders Working Through Trauma, Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm, October 12 – December 14, 2021, facilitated by Christina Cappelletti, LGSW.
The groups are offered at no cost, due to grant funding by the DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants. Individuals with low-to-no income are prioritized, though we work hard to include all who apply whenever possible, or help with referrals, if necessary.
If you are interested in being a part of an upcoming cycle of the group or getting on the waiting list for the next one, please contact DCAVP lead therapist, Christina Cappelletti, LGSW at email@example.com.
Note: The DC Center WTT groups are Trauma & Resiliency Stage 1 groups: Safety, Stabilization, Resiliency: education about trauma, identification of triggers, sensory & somatic awareness, coping skills, mindfulness, breath work, regulating affect, grounding & containing, and building community around survivor resiliency. Strengthening these skills and authentic connection with self and others prepares people for more resilient and empowered living. While these groups are not trauma processing therapy groups per se, they help prepare any who may choose to seek longer term therapy after these groups, for trauma processing work.