Plan & Conduct Group Activities

A. A clear description of the target group or clients and the context or setting in which the group will occur

Target group:The target group for this creative art session will be women who are or have experienced domestic violence in their lives. Settings:The setting of this creative art session will be in a safe and calming community centre environment. B. An explanation of why the program is appropriate for this target group

Creative art can help provide an empowering outlet, where the telling of a battered women’s experience does not have to be spoken aloud, but can be communicated through the language and reflection of creative art thinking. Creative art can also be a way of assisting survivors or current domestic violence sufferers to: - Safely express and contain there sometimes difficult & frightening feelings -Cope with traumatic memories and triggers

-Support emotional stabilization and strengthen a sense of safety -Empower themselves in a group setting C.Explain how group members or potential members are being involved in planning for the group The group planners will involve participants and potential participants by holding an informal meeting at the first session.

If group members are feeling nervous and reserved an ice breaker exercise may be used to get the group comfortable & started. The meeting will be held to brainstorm ideas & to discuss activities to be engaged in. The participants shall also come up with & agree upon group agreements e.g. rules and responsibilities to the group such as: * Punctuality e.g. group start time

* Respecting all members of the group * Commitment to the group * Confidentiality of group members

AIMS & OBJECTIVES A. A clear statement of the aims of the overall group program The aims of the overall group are to: * Help provide a voice to survivors and current sufferers of domestic violence through the use of creative arts

* Begin on a path towards healing and recovery which is free of abuse, violence and control.

  • Empower the group as a whole

* Discover a sense of grounding, strength, safety, understanding & hope

B. A clear statement of the objectives of the specific group session

The objectives of the group are to:

* Lessen the group members isolation by building positive relationships with group members * Provide tools and resources for members * To help relieve stress * Examine and increase individual self esteem

DETAILED SESSION PLAN A. Show a detailed plan of your proposed introductory sequence, including how you plan to address objectives, rules and introductions/icebreakers.

COMMUNITY GROUP THERAPY Group Planners:Laura / Monique Date:18TH September 2013 TIME:| DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CREATIVE ARTS SESSION| 11:00-11:05am| Introduction:

* Welcoming the participants to the creative arts session * Hand out sticker name tags & then engage participants to state their name to the group (ice-breaker) * Discuss with group members about establishing some general rules regarding the group| 11:05-11:10am| Aims & Objectives: * To lessen the group members isolation by building positive relationships with other group members * To help provide a voice to survivors and current sufferers of domestic violence through the use of creative arts * To help relieve stress personal stress through creative art * Examine and increase individual self esteem

* To help the group members to begin on a path towards healing and recovery which is free of abuse, violence and control| 11:10-11-35am11:30am| Activity: The group members are to creatively express their inner feelings through the use of cut out pictures & words from newspapers & magazines. They may also if they wish decide to use pens, pencils & other stationary materials to create posters of how their feeling.Start winding up group members and state there is 5 minutes left for the activity.| Materials Needed: * Paper * Cardboard * Pens * Texters * Glue * Scissors * Glitter pens

* Magazines * Newspapers| 11:35-11:45am| Evaluation: * Discuss with the group how there feeling after the activity * Ask each group member to lift up there work and display to the group * Hand out questionnaires and if there is time ask the group if they thought it was therapeutic and helpful. * End the session with stating there are pamphlets with informative information in them regarding services which might be helpful to them * Happy goodbyes.|

RESOURCES The following resources were required to conduct the session: * Community Centre 984 Rockdale Road St George NSW 2622 * Art supplies e.g. cardboard, glue, newspapers, magazines, glitter, glues, scissors, texters & pens * Domestic violence support services and phone numbers (Please see attached pamphlet)

EVALUATION OF GROUP SESSION A. The methods used to evaluate outcome of the group session

I will be watching and interacting with group members to get a feel of whether there finding the group useful, productive & informative:

* Are members interacting with each other positively * Are members participating in the activity to the best of their ability * Verbal discussion during the activity amongst group members

B. The method used to evaluate the process of the group session

I will be distributing a questionnaire and asking group members to kindly & honestly fill it out and hand it back to myself.

C. The method you will use to evaluate your role as facilitator from both your perspective & the participants perspective

My role as facilitator will be evaluated by myself by looking at the attendance numbers of group members, was the group outcome/goal met & will group members be willing to attend the session again.

The participants will evaluate the facilitator by filling out the questionnaire.

GROUP THERAPY QUESTIONAIRE

To help us continually improve Group Therapy (creative arts) sessions we are interested in getting your feedback. Please take a few minutes to answer the following questions:- PLEASE TICK DID YOU ENJOY THE SESSION?YES □NO□NOT SURE□ Any comments:

HAVE YOU FOUND THE SESSION HELFUL?YES□NO□NOT SURE□ Any comments: DID YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE?YES□NO□NOT SURE□ Any comments:

WAS THE SIZE OF THE GROUP OK? YES□NO□NOT SURE□ Any comments:

WAS INFORMATION WELL PRESENTED?YES□NO□NOT SURE Any comments:

WAS THE VENUE OK?YES□NO□NOT SURE Any comments:

FINALLY CAN WE IMPROVE THE SESSION?YES□NO□NOT SURE Any comments:

THANKYOU

REFERENCES USED

* HCGROUP403D - Plan and conduct group activities student book Release date (09.02.2011)

* Pamphlet/Brochure www.domesticviolence.nsw.gov.au Domestic Violence Line If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can ring the Domestic Violence Line for help on 1800 656 463 (TTY 1800 671 442). The Domestic Violence Line is a statewide free-call number and is available 24 hours, seven days a week. Trained caseworkers

The Domestic Violence Line provides telephone counselling, information and referrals for women and same-sex partners who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence. Trained female caseworkers are sensitive to the needs of people who have experienced domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Line staff are aware of the special needs of Aboriginal women and women from other cultures, as well as those living in rural and remote areas. Interpreters and TTY can be arranged where necessary to ensure that all people, regardless of their language or disability can use the service. The service has an extensive list of contacts, people and services across NSW who can help. Refuge referrals

The Domestic Violence Line makes referrals to women's refuges and explains what they are and what they do. It also makes referrals to family support services, counselling, the police and courts, lawyers and hospitals. It helps with transport, emergency accommodation and other relevant support. AVOs

Caseworkers can explain what an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is and how to obtain one. Police intervention can be arranged where appropriate and assistance can be provided to transport women and children to a safe place. Other support, information and counselling on domestic violence If you are experiencing domestic violence, or know someone who is, there are many organisations who can help. Here are some useful links and helplines: * Rape Crisis Centre/Sexual Assault Hotline – 02 9819 6565 or 1800 424 017

* 1800RESPECT – A national Line which can support victims of trauma * Women’s Legal Services NSW – Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (DVAS) – 1800 810 784 or 02 8745 6999 * Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association of NSW – 02 9635 8022 * RSPCA Safe Pets Program – 02 9770 7555

The RSPCA Safe Beds for Pets program provides temporary housing for pets of * Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program – 1300 888 529 The Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services (WDVCASs) provide court support, advocacy, referrals and information. Some WDVCAS have specialist workers to help Aboriginal women, or women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.