Altered Books, Altered Self-Compassion — HAVEN Give Hope A Voice

Guest Blog by Anne Sutton, MA LPC, HAVEN – Counseling Program “Self-compassion is extending compassion to one’s self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering.” – Dr. Kristen Neff, author of Self-Compassion Self-Compassion as a daily practice can be very difficult for survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual violence. Trauma alters our inner self-talk, […]

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Explosion of Feelings: Volcano Making — Child Life Mommy

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As a specialist in the hospital you work with kids who can become very angry over what their experiencing or they can become incredibly withdrawn and shut everyone out. There is a great solution to help build trust with kids and support them emotionally. The intervention that many specialists use is making volcanos with kids. […]

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Finding Wholeness Piece by Piece — Resources for Kids with Absent Parents

I stumbled across the title track of Kelly Clarkson’s most recent album, “Piece by Piece,” when a friend shared it on Facebook. Little did I know that I was about to hear a song about healing from the hurt of an absent parent. In this song, Clarkson emotionally tells the journey of how she was […]

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My Master’s Level Thesis

Screen Shot 2016-12-26 at 11.08.59 AM.pngI am writing about my Master’s level thesis. My thesis explores the sexual experiences of queer women after sexual violence perpetrated by a previous intimate partner in a non-heterosexual relationship. Previous research has focused on women’s sexual experiences after sexual assault as perpetrated by men, leaving a significant gap in the literature. My goal is to begin filling this research gap by examining the sexual experiences of exclusively queer women after sexual violence perpetrated by a previous intimate partner. In addition, my goal is to challenge the myth that queer relationships are immune to sexual violence. I also hope to use this study’s findings to assist clinical social workers in meeting the needs of queer women after sexual violence.

Participation in the study consists of completing an anonymous, online survey. It will take between 10 minutes to 30 minutes to complete. Participants will be asked a series of personal and sensitive questions about their sexual life after their sexual violence experience. At any point prior to submitting the survey, a participant may opt out by simply exiting the page.

Are you interested in participating in my thesis? Or, do you know anyone who may be interested in participating? I am looking for participants who meet the following criteria:

• Identify as queer and female-identified
• Aged 18+ over
• Experienced sexual violence as perpetrated by an intimate partner
• Not currently in a relationship with the perpetrator of sexual violence
• The relationship the violence occurred in is considered non-heterosexual

I have attached the recruitment flyer to this post for your reference. Interested individuals may proceed directly to the survey link at http://bit.ly/2ixsNK1 or contact me via email (acatalano@smith.edu) or phone (916-402-1484) with questions they may have about participation in the study.

Thank you for your time and help!

This study protocol has been reviewed and approved by the Smith College School for Social Work Human Subjects Review Committee (HSRC).

Best,
Amee Catalano, B.A.
Master’s of Social Work Candidate
Smith College School for Social Work