From Surviving to Thriving
From Surviving to Thriving is a support group at NU for student survivors of sexual violence. This goal-oriented, 9-week group will offer a space for healing and restoring social connections while creating a structure to safely put words to one’s experience. The group members will focus on integrating past and present, grieving losses, and looking towards a future self.
The group will be facilitated by Carrie Wachter (CARE) and Kanika Wadhwa (CAPS).
This group will most benefit those also currently engaged in therapy*.
*CARE can help to refer you to no-cost or low-cost therapy in the Chicagoland area.
Grad Survivors' Collective
CARE and the Women’s Center have come together to create GSC—a weekly, virtual group open to Northwestern graduate and professional students of all identities who have experienced sexual or relationship harm. Relevant experiences include but are not limited to domestic violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and stalking that occurred before or during enrollment at Northwestern. GSC offers a space for sharing, processing, and resourcing around the unique experience of pursuing a graduate degree while healing from these types of harm.
The group is confidential, and meetings will begin with an opening check-in activity to set ground rules and reflect on our past week. The remainder of our meeting will be spent in dialogue and building community. We will close each meaning with a mindfulness activity to ease our transition back into the rest of the week.
This is not a structured therapy support group. Students are welcome to join the group at any point during the quarter, after completing a brief intake meeting. There are no attendance requirements for the group; students may attend as many or as few sessions as they’d like. You can choose what you do or do not disclose about your experiences.
We are currently recruiting members and plan to begin meeting in summer or fall. If you are interested, please fill out the intake form here. Days and times for the meetings will be determined based on member availability.
If you have any questions, email facilitator Katelyn Kennon, CARE’s Assistant Director of Sexual Violence Response Services, at email@example.com.
Navigating Survivorship: Journey of Self-Love & Healing
This confidential, open group is for NU undergraduate students who have experienced sexual violence, dating violence or stalking at any point in their lives. This will be a virtual space that students can find support and connection, learn new coping skills and build community. The group will begin October 20th, and will run on Thursdays of Fall Quarter at 4pm.
- Oct 20: Coping and Self-Love
- Oct 27: Finding Our Own Definitions / Navigating Disclosures
- Nov 3: Moving Beyond Shame and Stigma
- Nov 10: Identity and the Intersections of Trauma
- Nov 17: Navigating Relationships and Boundaries
- Dec 1: TBD
- Dec 6: Open Support Time for Managing Travels / Holidays