Program for Adolescent Girls Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse

The Sweet Water Foundation is pleased to announce a new Psychotherapy Group program for adolescent girls who have experienced Sexual Abuse.

As both International and Regional research makes clear, the Caribbean in general is grappling with an extremely high prevalence of child abuse in our islands. In Grenada, news media has reported that the problem is grievous, and increasing.  April 2013 is recognized throughout the world as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.

The Sweet Water Foundation, established in 2009, has a mission to end sexual violence against women and girls.  Adding to initiatives already in place among our colleague agencies and groups in Grenada, we have now designed a psychotherapy group program which will be the first of its kind in Grenada. The Sweet Water is very pleased to be able to offer this new initiative to our Grenadian children.

We are a program of the IMPACT Project of the University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Applied Childhood Studies (U.K.), and have based our approach on research conducted by UNICEF in 2008/2009 (Jones and Trotman-Jemmott). While taking evidence-based, international practice as foundational, the Sweet Water and IMPACT have designed a program that also is adapted to suit our own cultural context and needs.

The program will begin in August, 2013, and run for 12 weeks per cycle, one day per week, from 3:30 to 5pm. Along with information on subjects related to sexual abuse, its prevention and its treatment, the program will also include a holistic approach to recovering wellbeing. It includes art therapy, yoga therapy and an eco-psychology segment. Each participant will need signed consent from their parent or guardian in order to attend. Transportation and refreshment will be provided.

For registration and further information, call Dr. Hazel Da Breo, PhD. Psychotherapist. 473-415-8000 www.sweetwaterfoundation.ca

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