Safe Connections Support Services include a variety of groups, classes and workshops for adults and youth of all genders ages 12+ who have experienced rape, domestic or dating abuse (physical, sexual or emotional), sex trafficking, and/or childhood sexual abuse. Through these group programs, clients receive professional guidance and peer social support in a safe environment. Group services are open to survivors of all genders. All services are free of charge.
Enroll in a Group: Current clients can contact Keana at 314.646.7500 x112. To become a client and schedule an appointment for assessment, please contact our intake office at 314.646.7500 x118.
DBT-Informed Skills Group
Thursdays, 6-7 p.m.
- Learn skills to increase mindfulness, tolerate distress, regulate emotions and become more effective in relationships in this group. This group is made up of five 6-week modules. Participants are required to have an individual therapist. Some parent/guardian participation is required.
Teen groups take place at our Hampton office and can be offered out in the community. They can be tailored to the needs of a specific teen population. If your school or organization is interested in hosting individual or group therapy for teens at your site, please contact Heidi at 314.646.7500 x133.
Level 1 Groups for Adults
Level 1 groups are primarily psycho-educational—a way to gain knowledge and new skills in a safe, supportive setting. Information provided in these groups is intended to empower survivors to understand their experiences and learn strategies for coping and moving forward. Groups can be a supplement to individual therapy or a sole intervention.
Breaking the Cycle
This program is for those who have experienced emotional or physical violence in their relationships or who are affected by memories of past abuse. It explores the definitions of abuse, the effects of domestic violence on self and family, ways of coping with abuse and how to identify abusive people.
Building Effective Communication Skills
Would you like fresh ideas on how to communicate in an effective way? This group includes information and discussion about communication habits, how to handle negative feelings assertively, and how to use communication for positive change.
Building Healthy Relationships
This group is for those who have experienced abuse and have difficulty forming trusting relationships. It explores ways to enhance positive social and intimate relationships, maintain healthy boundaries and define what a healthy relationship is.
Healing Through Art
Designed especially for trauma survivors, Healing Through Art uses creative and inventive ways to understand, manage, and transform the effects of trauma. Projects using art and dialogue focus on personal safety, exploring and honoring difficult feelings, and understanding trauma’s effects on relationships. Art experience is not necessary for this group.
LGBTQ+ Trauma Recovery
This group is designed for members of the LBGTQ+ community to engage in a unique opportunity to gain insight and awareness when beginning the process of understanding the effects of your traumatic experiences. This group is open to all types and levels of relationships, but is intended for individuals.
A group all about the most important person you’ll ever be in a relationship with—you! Begin to explore who you are and how you and others see and experience you. Learn about self-compassion and the value of self-care.
Trauma Changes Things
Designed to help survivors understand the impact of trauma they have experienced—participants will learn what trauma is, how it affects the brain and how it can impact their lives and relationships. They will also learn skills to cope with the effects of trauma and move from victim to survivor.
Trauma Information Group
A new group we are piloting for survivors who are just beginning to explore the relationship between their traumatic past and their current life patterns. Each session focuses on a topic related to the impact of trauma, such as safety and trust, anger, remembering, and relationships with others.
Level 2 Groups for Adults
Due to the complexity of issues addressed in these groups, participants must be receiving individual therapy with Safe Connections or another agency of their choice. Participants must be fairly stable in their symptoms, have developed some positive coping skills and have already learned general information about trauma and how it affects them.
Everywhere we turn, there are messages that tell us who, what and how we’re supposed to be. Most of us struggle with feelings of shame and we learn to hide our struggles. This 12-week group will help to define shame, explore triggers and vulnerabilities, practice empathy, and learn to combat shame by reaching out to others and building connections. Learn that it’s okay to be vulnerable and how to be resilient in the face of shame. Curriculum is based on Brené Brown’s best-selling book I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power.
Trauma Recovery Group
The Trauma Recovery Group is an evidence-based group treatment for survivors of interpersonal trauma. This group is designed for survivors who have achieved basic safety and stability in present-day life and who are ready to work on the more enduring ways that trauma has harmed their self-perception and relationships. In this group, participants will have the opportunity to process some aspect of their trauma history and how it is currently affecting them in a safe and structured setting.
Additional Groups for Adults
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Group*
DBT is a blend of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Zen Mindfulness Practice. This curriculum helps participants handle stress and difficult emotions and create or maintain healthy relationships. The group consists of four modules—Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance—each of which takes eight weeks to complete.
*Participants in this class must be receiving individual, trauma-focused therapy at Safe Connections.
All of the above groups and classes are available for adults who are clients at Safe Connections and those who choose to complete our assessment process. View and print our current support group schedule.