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Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm in Salida Office
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Support Group – Write Your Own Healing Story
Facilitated by Diane DeBella
April 6 – May 11, 2016
To register, contact Debbie Quintana, 1-719-539-7347 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Free and confidential. Designed for survivors and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The Healing Stories Program is as a way to help women begin thinking about how they have been influenced over the course of their lives—by their personal circles, by societal and cultural institutions—perhaps in ways they have never considered, so that they may review where they have come from, what has impacted them, and begin to decide how it is they would like to move forward from this point on. By claiming ourselves as subjects of our own lives, we become empowered and also provide strong role models for other women and girls. In healing ourselves we help others—a beautiful way for women to create nurturing, supportive communities.
Women today often live their lives governed by “shoulds” that they have never thought to question. It can be painful to realize that what we have always considered to be absolute truths are nothing more than socially constructed norms—hoops we are taught to jump through. When we begin to question those truths—whether we have internalized them through our own personal and family histories, or through societal and cultural norms—we begin to wake up, a process that can be painful, beautiful, and life affirming. Join us as we examine and deconstruct those norms, and actively nurture our genuine selves. Over this four-week journey, we will increase our awareness of how social constructions impact our personal expression, and create our own healing stories.
In this course, we will:
- Share the wisdom of women through short and intimate stories
- Explore our own “I am from” stories through interactive activities
- Examine the cultural influences that have informed our own journeys
- Discover the wisdom to be found in our own personal narratives
- Transform unconscious social constructions into conscious personal expression
- Articulate intentions for full participation in a genuine life
Childcare and/or child counseling available on-site during the course and includes a journal and refreshments.
ABOUT DIANE DEBELLA
As a writer, teacher, and speaker Diane DeBella has spent over twenty years examining women’s issues. She is the author of the collective memoir I Am Subject: Sharing Our Truths to Reclaim Our Selves, and editor of the anthology I Am Subject Stories: Women Awakening. As a long time faculty member at the University of Colorado, she has received the CU Women Who Make a Difference Award and the CU-LEAD Alliance Faculty Appreciation Award. Through her organization I Am Subject, Diane helps us understand how we—as women—are impacted by the society in which we live.