July 18, 2017

Expressive Therapy: body-based therapies for trauma counselling

Posted in SACE Programs, Support, We can all do something tagged at 5:37 pm by sacetalks

About SACE

The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) exists to support people impacted by sexual violence and engage communities to promote respect and uphold a culture of consent. Our services include individual and group counselling for people ages 3 and up, public education, policy consultation, information and support sessions, a 24-Hour Support and Information line, and outreach to our diverse communities. All of our services are individually tailored to meet people where they are at.

Each year, we provide thousands of hours of counselling to survivors of sexual violence over the age of three. Most would not otherwise be able to afford counseling. Many of our clients are some of the most marginalized and vulnerable in our city. We work closely with the Zebra Child Protection Centre, and receive all of their sexual abuse referrals for counselling. This year we are on track to double the number of clients we serve. As professionals in the area of trauma, our therapists are continuously developing their skills and moving into new modalities for treatment, so that clients always receive the optimal support and can express their trauma in the way that makes the most sense for them.

What is Expressive Therapy?

The healing process after trauma from sexual violence is something that doesn’t happen all at once: it takes time, and it takes continued support. And sometimes we just don’t have the words to express how we feel. While much can be addressed through talking therapies, gaining access to traumatic experiences through expressive and sensory, body-based forms of therapy as well gives survivors one more tool to be able to heal. Research has shown incredible connections between trauma, stress and physiology: trauma is stored in the body.

The expressive therapies include art, music, dance/movement, drama, poetry/creative writing, play, and sand tray therapy. These research and evidence-based therapies are non-verbal and sensory-based, which is helpful because trauma frequently disconnects us from the body, and because talk therapy has an end point. These therapies allow people to experience themselves and communicate on multiple levels—visual, tactile, kinesthetic and more. Expressive therapies can help people achieve feelings of comfort and security, and decrease the fear of body sensations. For people who may not be able to articulate thoughts, sensations, emotions or perceptions, it is one way to convey what may be difficult to express with words.

Sand Tray Therapy

Sand tray therapy allows a person to construct their own microcosm using miniature toys and sand. The scene that’s created acts as a reflection of the person’s own life and gives them the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain self-acceptance.

Although sand tray therapy may look like child’s play, it is a highly therapeutic and multidimensional form of therapy that can provide emotional release and realization for a person in therapy. Adults who have been traumatized and show limited response to other forms of therapy may respond well to sand tray therapy. The environment presents an atmosphere free from threats, and the therapist works with the client to alter the positions of the miniature objects as representations of true people and events. By facilitating change in play, a person can gain the ability to recognize that these same changes can be made in their own life.

Art Therapy

Art therapy creates a safe space for healing that allows this process to take place, and encourages the client to then work through what the creative piece brings to the surface in a supportive, directed environment. The focus is on the process of creating, rather than the end result. Often it can be hard to verbally express feelings like shame or overwhelming fear. This means that sometimes the only way to move these emotions is through creative means. Non-verbal expression can also be important for processing traumas that occurred as a young child before learning to speak. This approach helps clients to find personal meaning and direction, reduce stress and anxiety, cope with pain, enhance cognitive abilities, develop resilience, self-awareness, self-esteem and confidence, and acts as a transition after counselling therapy.

We Need Your Support

Currently, SACE has just one playroom for use by our 4 play therapists and 2 expressive arts therapists. The demand for these therapies exceeds the capacity. As well, the space is set up for young children, with murals on the walls and toys and play stations set up throughout. This is highly effective for kids 10 and under, but means that the space is too juvenile to be an appropriate therapeutic space for older children, youth and adults who could also benefit from these therapies.

To address this, SACE needs a space for more creative therapies, and specifically a space that is appropriate for youth ages 12-17 and for adults. Giving clients a space where they can reclaim their creativity and ability to play can be incredibly therapeutic, and can even help those that are “stuck” in their therapy to move forward.

SACE has already begun fundraising efforts for this cause, at the We Believe: The Art of Healing gala, and through the generous donation of Chicks With Cheques and 100 Men YEG. With your support, we can do it.

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March 20, 2017

We Believe: The art of healing

Posted in Community Events, SACE Events, We Believe, We can all do something at 4:39 pm by sacetalks

On Thursday, May 25th, SACE will be hosting its annual fundraising and awareness gala at the Shaw Conference Centre.  The evening will include musical entertainment, plated dinner, special guests, as well as silent and live auctions.  The theme of this year’s event is “The Art of Healing”.  Art therapy is one of the many therapeutic trauma modalities utilized by the 14 trauma therapists at SACE.

This year, we are proud to announce that Jillian Marino, a survivor of a horrific act of sexual violence, will be our guest speaker.  Jillian, now the Principal at JD Bracco Junior High School, has shared her story as a keynote speaker with Victim’s Services volunteers, Conferences for Crown Prosecutors, Violence against Women Events, and for the Edmonton Police Service over the years. Her very impactful end empowering presentation will be one of hope, strength, and victory in the healing journey after trauma.

As difficult as it is to understand, statistics consistently indicate that, in Canada, 1 in 3 women and at least 1 in 6 men will experience sexual violence before the age of 18. Since 1975, SACE has been providing professional, essential services and support to survivors ages 3 and up of all genders.  These services include individual and group counselling, extensive, age and audience-specific public education programs, diversity outreach and support to marginalized communities, court support, as well as a 24-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line.  We are the only agency in the City of Edmonton to provide this range of services to the community at no fee.  All proceeds from the We Believe Benefit will be directed towards services and support for our clients and our community.

With statistics as high as they are, and whether we realize it or not, we all know someone who has been affected by this crime.    Please help us support the many survivors in our community on their healing journey by making a contribution to our event through sponsorship, donating to our silent auction, and most importantly through your attendance!

Listen. Believe. Support.  We can all do something.  Please know that your “something” will make a difference.

For ticket information: www.we-believe-benefit@eventbrite.ca

March 16, 2017

How do you Picture Love? SACE wants to know

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Picture Love art and photography contest

 

How do you visualize love and healing? Is it a serene morning landscape? An abstract painting that lets the mind wander to a safe space? Or maybe an energizing spray of flowers in the colours of a sunset?

 

The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) believes in that vision. We believe in our community. We believe that people can heal. Most of all, we believe in a world free of sexualized violence. To celebrate this vision and our upcoming gala, We Believe: The Art of Healing, we would like to invite you to enter our Picture Love art contest. From March 20, 2017 to May 15, 2017, SACE will be accepting images of family friendly art and photography.

 

Winners will be picked by random draw and announced through our social media platforms. They will also have the option of having their art sold at the silent auction at the upcoming gala.

 

Prizes for the top three positions are as follows:

1st Place: 2 tickets to the We Believe benefit gala and a $100 gift card to an art store

2nd Place: $100 gift card to an art store

3rd Place: $50 gift card to an art store

 

Rules and Requirements:

  1. The Picture Love Art Contest is an all ages art and photography contest.
  2. Artists must be from Edmonton or the Greater Edmonton area.
  3. Submitted work must be family friendly and adhere to the themes of the Picture Love art contest (love, healing and community).
  4. The work must be original. You must be the creator of the artwork and the submitted image file you or your approved representative sends to our contest. SACE is not responsible for any infringement on copyrighted materials for submitted work.
  5. Artists retain all copyright to their work.
  6. By entering into this contest, you are granting SACE a non-exclusive perpetual license to reproduce images of your artwork on the SACE website, social media accounts, and in promotion of future campaigns. Work used by SACE will include credits to the artist.
  7. Entrants have until 12 a.m. on May 15, 2017 to submit their artwork.

 

The Entry Process

  1. Your images must be submitted as JPEG files at a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.
  2. Email your entry, along with full name and contact information to shannonn@sace.ab.ca

The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton retains the right to refuse any submission that is deemed offensive, dangerous or otherwise inappropriate.

 

 

 

January 4, 2016

CTV Edmonton media sponsor for We Believe: A benefit for SACE

Posted in Community Events, SACE Announcements, SACE Events, Sexual Assault, Uncategorized, We can all do something tagged , , , at 7:41 am by sacetalks

We would like to thank CTV Edmonton for once again being our official media sponsor for our annual Valentine’s themed fundraising and awareness event, now called We Believe: A benefit for SACE.

Thank you CTV Edmonton for partnering with us to help shift the climate of silence and shame that surrounds the issue of sexual abuse and assault to one of hope, healing and support. By demonstrating your commitment to standing up against this crime which affects so many, and to honouring the strength and resiliency of survivors, you are showing the Edmonton community your willingness to get in front of an issue that has for too long been shrouded in secrecy, blame, and guilt.

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December 15, 2015

Servus Credit Union Title Sponsor for We Believe: A benefit for SACE

Posted in News Release, SACE Announcements, SACE Events, Sexual Assault, Uncategorized, We can all do something tagged , , , at 7:19 pm by sacetalks

We would like to thank Servus Credit Union for once again being the Title Sponsor for our annual Valentine’s themed fundraising and awareness event, now called “We Believe: A benefit for SACE”.

Thank you Servus Credit Union, for partnering with us to help shift the climate of silence and shame that surrounds the issue of sexual abuse and assault to one of hope, healing and support. By demonstrating your commitment to standing up against this crime which affects so many, and to honouring the strength and resiliency of survivors, you are showing the Edmonton community your willingness to get in front of an issue that has for too long been shrouded in secrecy, blame, and guilt.

 

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For tickets and more information about We Believe, click here.

February 12, 2014

“Speak Up… Someone Will Listen”

Posted in Child Sexual Abuse, Education, Sexual Assault, Support, Videos, We can all do something at 4:39 pm by sacetalks

With the media production expertise and time donated by Pollyanna Hardwicke-Brown of Gruvpix, SACE is very proud to share “Speak up…Someone will Listen”. This short but powerful video succinctly captures the stories of survivors and their healing journeys.
Too often, survivors of sexual violence are silenced. This video demonstrates that, for each traumatic story belonging to a victim of sexual violence, there is also an opportunity for another story: one of a survivor, one of resilience, one of hope. It is up to us, as individuals, organizations, governments, and businesses, but, above all, our community, to hear and listen to these stories, to tell survivors that we believe them, and that we support them. We can all do something.

Video also available on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFq_b59bZ7w