Onslow Women's Center offers support groups for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault once a month. These are hour long sessions that are held at First Presbyterian Church (400 N Bayshore, Jacksonville 28540) once a month.
In order to facilitate one or both of these groups, you have to have 20 hours of training through OWC. It starts with the Facilitator Training hosted by OWC. If you are interested in becoming a support group facilitator, call our Services and Administration Office (910-238-2941) to find out when the next Facilitator Training will be held.
If you have already attended the Facilitator Training, listed below are additional resources to gather the 20 hours required to host a group. Use the tracking sheet you were provided with at the training to track your hours and document which trainings you have completed.
Thank you for your interest in Onslow Women's Center and we are excited to have you helping our agency!!
"Violence Against Women: An Curriculum for Empowerment" is a short developed from a series of workshops for battered women. The main focus of this document is to provide survivors with support and comfort through empowering activities and help survivors gain back their independence through a focus on leadership.
"The Power of Social Connection: Developing and Coordinating Sustainable Support Group Programs for Survivors of Sexual Violence" is a text written by the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. This document contains information regarding the impacts of sexual violence, how to host a successful group, and how to be an effective facilitator.
"Women healing from trauma: A facilitator's guide" that provides an overview of trauma and how to best facilitate a situations involving the discussion of trauma. It also discusses emotional regulation, triggers, self-esteem, and relationships.
"Support Group Facilitation Guide" is a great resource that walks through how to run a support group and how to handle anything that might pop up during discussion. It also talks in depth about the important skills facilitators should have.
Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center is a great training resource. For the Support Group Training, take the following webinars:
- basic communication skills
- conflict management and negotiation
- crisis intervention
- culture, diversity, and inclusivity
- trauma informed care
- problem solving
- sexual assault
- intimate partner violence
- human trafficking
When running a support group that caters to all different types of people it is important to be culturally competent. This 15-hour training on canvas.net from University of West Florida Innovation Institute is a great introduction to cultural competency. This training goes over religion, gender and sexuality, and disability.