For questions, information about scheduling or group consultation, please contact the VOV Group Services Coordinator, Phillip Brown, LICSW at 617.591.6104.
These groups are offered throughout the year:
Male Survivors’ Group
A twelve week supportive and psychoeducational group. Topics discussed include trust, shame, masculinity/identity, relationships, PTSD, anger, and the recovery process. This group offers members the opportunity to discuss the impact of their trauma histories on their current life functioning.
Trauma & the Body
A twelve week supportive group emphasizing the management of PTSD symptoms in everyday living. Areas of focus include listening to the wisdom of the body, development of self care routines, and building and practicing skills designed to lower one’s level of stress and anxiety. Trauma histories are not explored in this group.
Managing PTSD through Yoga, Mindfulness and Goal Work
This twelve week yoga-informed trauma group aims to assist survivors in modulating their PTSD symptoms.
Trauma Information Group
A ten week psychoeducational group focused on providing a supportive environment to understand the current impact of trauma. Topics discussed include PTSD, shame and self-blame, relationship-building, and the recovery process. Trauma histories are not explored in this group
POWER I: Safety in Numbers
A four month group for clients who neglect their self care or actively self harm. This group will incorporate member led monitoring of self care goals and individual narrative work.
Live for Today: Addictions and Trauma Recovery Skills Group
A twelve week psychoeducational and stress management skills group which will focus on using mindfulness skills to assist in affect regulation and symptom management. The group will also support members in understanding the connection between addiction and trauma. Trauma histories are not explored in this group.
Summer Resiliency Groups offered late spring throughout the summer:
This group will use gardening as a primary collaborative activity to establish self-care and emotional regulation. The food grown in this group will be donated to soup kitchens and shelters.
This six week group will use structured art-making activities to help members develop strategies for self care and affect management.
Live for Today
An eight week stress management skills group which will focus on using mindfulness skills to assist in affect regulation and symptom management.
The Center for Homicide Bereavement (CHB), a component of the Victims of Violence Program, offers crisis intervention, ongoing counseling, bereavement support groups, consultation and advocacy for adults and children. All services are free of charge. If interested in group or individual CHB services, please contact Holly Aldrich, LICSW at 617.591.6123.
Homicide Bereavement Early Stage Support Group
A six week psychoeducational group which offers a framework for understanding the impact of profound loss due to homicide. Meetings are topic-focused and structured for optimal emotional safety. Screening is ongoing, and can be scheduled by contacting Holly Aldrich, LICSW at 617.591.6123. This group will be offered on Thursdays from 6-7:30pm.
Homicide Bereavement Ongoing Support Group
This group offers a safe and communal context for those who have lost a family member to homicide to engage in the “active” work of mourning. Contact Holly Aldrich, LICSW at 617.591.6123. This group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 6:30 – 8:00pm.