Support Group for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse

Welcome to ASCA   Baltimore Virtual

                                Support Group for                   Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

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If you experienced abuse as a child, it may have affected you in many ways throughout your life. Participating in a peer led support group can offer encouragement and strength to identify what that abuse means to you, how you were able to survive, and the obstacles some of those ways have become now they are hopefully no longer needed. Recovery from childhood abuse can be a very difficult journey. Sharing the pain, challenges and successes with other survivors in a safe environment can be an invaluable experience in your journey toward recovery.

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Information you will find below:
                                     1.  Who We Are
                                     2. Our Meetings
                                     3. Meeting Guidelines
                                     4. Meeting Structure
                                     5. About the Co-Facilitators
                                     6. The Purpose of Our Meetings
                                     7. Want to Know More?
                                     8. Donate
                                     9. Disclaimer

1.                                 Who We Are                                     


   Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA SM) is an international self-help support group program           designed specifically for adult survivors of neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional       childhood abuse. The ASCA SMprogram offers:

     - Support Groups using an in-person format                                                             - Support Groups using a virtual (on line) format                                                     - All meeting materials                                                                                         - Co-facilitator training and support                                                                       - A “how to” guide to start a group                                                                       - A wide variety of resource materials


2.                                Our Meetings                                   

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ASCA meetings are exclusively for adult survivors of physical, sexual and/or emotional childhood abuse.

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Our meetings require the upmost reverence be held for and by all participants, and what is or is not shared. This atmosphere helps provide a safe place for participants to talk about the parts of their lives they have felt necessary to keep in secret. It is also a time to listen to other's stories of discoveries, failures and triumphs. It is through these shares survivors not only help themselves, but each other as well. 

When sharing, it is important that each person use only "I" statements and focus completely on their "story". This is not a time for cross-talk. Some meeting formats allow a time for listeners to offer one or two forms of feedback - supportive and/or educational if the person who has shared requests it.

At no time will a participant be pressured to share. At virtual meetings, participants are allowed to keep their cameras off if they wish. There is also the option to use an alternative screen name to maintain your anonymity. 

Explicit details of the abuse are not included in a person's share. It is very important participants not trigger one another.

 

3.                            Meeting Guidelines                                

 ·       Please arrive on time and remain until the conclusion of the meeting.

·       ASCA meetings are exclusively for survivors of physical, sexual, or emotional childhood abuse.

 ·       This is an anonymous meeting. Only first names are used.

 ·       What you hear today is told in confidence and should not be repeated outside this meeting.

·       We ask that no one attend our meeting under the influence of alcohol or drugs, unless the             medication is prescribed by a physician.

·       ASCA meetings are not intended for survivors who are currently perpetrating abuse on others.       Talking about past or present perpetrator type behavior is not permissible.

 ·       Language that is considered derogatory concerning race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual             orientation or other minority status is unacceptable in our meeting.

 ·       By participating in this meeting, we all agree to abide by the spirit of ASCA, our guidelines and       any interventions by the Co-facilitators.


3.                     The Meeting Are Stuctured                             

The meetings are framed by the reading of various directions for participation, the philosophy, stages and steps and closing statement. 

The topic for a meeting can be Rotation A – open topic. Here the participants can share about any aspect related to their recovery. Or, Rotation B, a predetermined step. There are 21 steps. 

      The amount of time for a person’s share is limited to the amount of time divided by the           number of participants.


5.                                        Co-Facilitators                                                    

    The co-facilitators are survivors who are comfortable with their progress and have the desire              to give back. Co-facilitators are mentored and trained in all aspects of the program.                                       There are two co-facilitators participating in each meeting.

6.                   The Purpose Of Our Meetings                          

is reflected best by the closing statement which is read at the end of each meeting:


We have come together to face our past,

united in survival,

determined to rebuild our lives,

by healing the pain and transforming our shame.

We will find comfort in our safe places wherever they may be.

Feelings can be felt,

memories can be recalled,

and sensations can be soothed.

We close our meeting now

with renewed faith in our power,

armed with self-knowledge,

fed by our strength drawn from survival,

empowered by the challenge of change,

and graced with a sense of hope for what our future can be.


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  7.                         Want to Know More?                              


 The Baltimore Virtual group meets every Thursdays at 7:00 Eastern Time.

They are open to all participants regardless of their location.

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The meetings last 1 ½ hour and are followed by an optional 40 min. virtual cafe. This time allows for a more relaxed, non-structured setting. Meeting "etiquette" still applies. 

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      For general information about the ASCA organization, please follow this link:         ASCAsupport.org

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 For more information about the Baltimore virtual group, please email your questions to: ASCABaltimoreVirtual@gmail.com

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            We truly hope your journey with us will give you                     the strength and encouragement you are seeking.         You are not alone.

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8.                                      Donate                                      

Your kind donations help make our meetings possible. When ever donations accumulated exceed expensses the remaining will be contributed to The Morris Center/ASCA.

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 Thank You!

9.                                    Disclaimer                                    

   This meeting is not a therapy group and the meeting facilitators do not serve in the capacity     of professionally trained therapists. This program should not be used as a substitute for     professional care and services.

 The Norma J. Morris Center (originator of ASCA) assumes no responsibility for any damages, injuries or losses that occur as a result of participation in this support group. You should always consult a trained professional with any questions about your specific needs and concerns. Always know your own limitations and factor in your own good judgment and common sense.

     Your use of any material provided on the Norma J. Morris Center website or participation        in support group meeings constitute your acceptance of the terms in this disclaimer.

- February 2019 -