In a group setting, people are sharing and hearing from each other, which can enable healing to happen much more quickly than in 1:1 counselling. In a group, there is the idea of safety and a safe space. The community gets to share with us their skills, knowledge and culture – so they’re giving back to us”
Zainab Sakha, Community-based Trauma Recovery Practitioner
Group work offers an antidote for the isolation that results from trauma, validating the experience of individuals while enabling the collective learning, repair of trust, confidence and relationship-building that can support healing and recovery. Supported disclosures in groups can have a powerful impact – knowing others have had similar experiences provide opportunities to address shame and stigma that may not be as quickly replicated with other types of interventions.
Co-design is an active step in rebuilding justice and sharing power with survivors and many of QPASTT’s groups are co-created with participants, enabling culture-based wisdom to inform the healing journey. All QPASTT groups are adaptive to the needs and desires of participants, and seek to share power, control and knowledge. QPASTT’s group work includes wellbeing and social groups that promote wellness and create belonging; family and parenting groups that enable families to adjust and thrive and to address and prevent intergenerational trauma; skill development groups that enhance economic and social inclusion; psychoeducation and mental health literacy groups that improve understanding of trauma, recovery and mental wellness; and trauma processing groups that promote individual and collective healing from trauma history.
To join a QPASTT group, complete our referral form and one of our team will be in touch. You can refer yourself or someone else (with their consent).