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Support and Therapeutic Groups

Women’s Health and Equality Queensland (WHEQ) offers 100% free Healing centred and trauma-informed support and therapeutic groups for women who have experiences of violence across their life span.

To refer women to these groups or register your interest please email: referral@womenshealth.org.au.

 

WHEQ Group update for Term 2

Owing to a predicted winter surge in the numbers of COVID-19 cases within the Brisbane community, WHEQ have modified the delivery types for Term Two groups.

We are now providing online, outdoor and alternative venue group options to offer greater socially distanced options for those seeking in person groups.

  • Online: Say Yes to You and Financial Wellbeing Series
  • Outdoors: The Friday Social Group
  • Hawthorne, address provided on enrolment: Healing-Centred Pilates
  • In person at WHEQ:  Art therapy will be capped with 6 participants who are fully vaccinated.

WHEQ are committed to providing a safe environment and ensuring continued access to services for all participants.

Click here for our current dates

 

 

Say Yes to You Workshop Series 

The Say Yes to You workshop series is a safe, supportive group where you have an opportunity to learn and grow alongside other women. Each session is unique and shares information and resources relevant to each topic. You may come to one, or as many as you choose, it’s up to you!

Across 9 weeks you will be learning: 

  • Session 1-2 – Creating healthy relationships 
  • Session 3-4 – Identifying your boundaries 
  • Session 5-6 – Understanding impacts of DV & trauma 
  • Session 7-8 – Self-care for your brain & body 
  • Session 9 – Exploring aspects of your identities 

 

Financial Wellbeing Learning Series 

The Financial Wellbeing Learning Series will focus on exploring and understanding your relationship with money, employment, volunteering, study, and your overall financial wellbeing.

Across 9 weeks you will be learning: 

  • Session 1 – Explore your beliefs about work 
  • Session 2 – Develop and add to your interview skills through learning how to answer “Tell me About Yourself” 
  • Session 3 – Explore and learn about pathway opportunities to work, training, study and volunteering
  • Session 4 – Learn how to create or build on your resume and cover letter.  
  • Session 5 – Learn how to prepare for a job interview
  • Session 6-7 – Explore and learn initial steps to starting your own business 
  • Session 8 – Discern your money personality 
  • Session 9 –  Learn and develop your relationship with money

 

    Art Therapy 7-Week Program 

    Art Therapy is a process of self-exploration, expressing thoughts and feelings. WHEQ’s Group Art Therapy program is for women who have experienced Domestic, Family and Sexual violence.

    Art therapy uses creative mediums like drawing, painting, colouring, and collage. Art can offer an alternative way to process traumatic events. Art can provide an outlet when words fail. The group is focused on supporting women to use different forms of creative arts to aid in healing, identifying existing strengths and finding new strengths while nurturing self and building on self-esteem.

    You do not need to be artistic to participate in this group.

    Learning and Outcomes  

    • To assist people with exploring the skills and knowledge they currently hold onto throughout the experiences of hardship in their lives.
    • To reauthor “problem stories” and thicken alternative stories of the skills, values, and knowledges they hold onto during life’s challenges.
    • To support participants in feeling stronger and more aware of their capacities, resources, and abilities to withstand challenges.
    • To explore future possibilities and hopes

    Healing-Centred Pilates 6-week Program 

    Trauma Sensitive Pilates is a method of Pilates that provides a safe environment for you to learn to identify and tolerate physical sensations to increase emotional awareness and affect tolerance.

    Learning and Outcomes  

    • Learn tools to switch off fight/flight/freeze response and return to parasympathetic nervous system function
    • Activate effective fight/flight responses
    • Develop new relationship with body
    • Cultivate new, effective action patterns

     

    The Friday Social Group 

    The Friday social group was developed at the request of women who had participated in other services at WHEQ and wanted to create a safe space for social connection. The group meets once a month and participants take it in turns to share a skill or activity in a fun, relaxed and caring atmosphere. Some of the activities have included: jewellery making, body painting, yoga, meditation and knitting.

    The Social Group will be held on the first Friday of every month.