Nurturing Resilience

A gender-inclusive weekly Support Group for Survivors of Sexualized Violence

The purpose of this group is to provide a safe space for participants to build community through safety and connection with other survivors. Each week we will explore a theme that emphasizes resilience and resource development in support of participants’ growth and healing journeys.

All participants will have met with the facilitator prior to joining the group, and will have signed and agreed to community rules of engagement. It is the facilitator’s priority to create safety within each session by ensuring that the participants are respectful of each other and these community agreements.

This is an open group with new members able to join weekly, and is not intended to be a trauma-processing group. We support participants continuing with individual counselling sessions as needed in addition to group participation.

About the Facilitators

Erica Van Driel

Erica is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who works within client-centered and trauma-informed frameworks in order to work collaboratively with clients in a space free from shame or judgement. As the current liaison between SFU’s Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office (SVSPO) and Health & Counselling Services, her goal is to create safe(r) spaces for students who have experienced sexualized violence through building trust and connection within themselves and with others. Erica utilizes emotion-focused, mindfulness, and self-compassion approaches to support healing, growth, and resilience.

Megan Cordoba

Megan is completing her practicum at SFU Health & Counselling as part of her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. In her therapeutic approach, Megan employs a cognitive-behavioural framework which integrates her learnings around traumainformed interventions and modalities. As a student herself, Megan seeks to connect with the university community by honoring the personal strengths, histories, and wisdom that make each student unique. Prior to her practicum, Megan volunteered as a peer support worker on her university campus, offering one-to-one support sessions and psychoeducational workshops to students waiting to access mental health services.

Schedule

DATES

Every Thursday

January 21 to March 25

TIME

2:00 to 3:30pm

LOCATION

Online via Zoom

HOW TO JOIN

To register for this program, please contact Erica Van Driel at erica_van_driel@sfu.ca with your name and email.