Yoga as Healing is a class designed to empower students to connect inward, become reacquainted with their bodies, slow down from the chaos, and let go. Each session focuses on empowerment-based language, creating a positive space where students can make conscious choices that feel good in their bodies. The postures and sequences are thoughtfully crafted to support the healing process and help people achieve optimum health and happiness.Yoga as Healing will provide survivors of sexual violence a means of reconnecting to their bodies, help them become grounded in the present moment, and allow them to explore the benefits of mindfulness as they flow breath to movement in guided practice and meditation.
Why does it work?
Memories of sexually violent experiences can be intrusive, which can create challenges for survivors. These memories can also make it difficult for survivors who are looking to establish connection in their lives and learn how to trust again. The entire experience of practicing yoga can help survivors find union between seemingly disconnected and challenging aspects of the self, allowing participants to slowly build the pieces into an integrated whole. In The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Treatment, Rothschild recognizes the need for therapy to consist of helping people to stay in their bodies and to delve deeper into understanding these important bodily sensations. Yoga's focus on self-acceptance provides survivors with tangible benefits that will become noticeable throughout their practice. This gradual integration can be transformational and healing for a survivor of sexual violence.Healing after sexual trauma requires patience and consistency. "Yoga allows survivors to regain a sense of comfort and ease within their own shape, to process nonverbal feelings that transcend language, and to experientially cultivate gratitude towards the body, which serve as a reminder of one's resilience" (Boeder, 2012). Yoga gives survivors the opportunity to find their voice. Join us for one of our yoga programs to find deep connection, build community, and continue on your journey to heal.An evalation of the effectiveness of Yoga as Healing programs at UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, and UC Santa Barbara was recently conducted. A copy of this report can be downloaded here.
Yoga as Healing Schedule
Applications for the Winter Quarter Yoga as Healing series are now being accepted. You can download a copy of the application here.
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Each class offers survivors a safe place to gain greater awareness around strength, stability, assertiveness, and mindfulness. Classes will have different themes, focus on various chakras and restorative postures, building strength in the core, explore positive affirmations, and will also be coupled with guided activities. Classes will explore strength and pain and will allow survivors to re-connect with themselves and build community with their peers.To view an extended version of the Yoga As Healing video, please click here.
CARE offers weekly support groups for survivors of unwanted sexual experinces. Group counseling offers opportunities to connect with others who have had similar experiences, gain support, develop trust, increase self-awareness and learn new ways to cope with challenges. There is no session-limit for group counseling.
Groups that are currently running
Joining a Group
If you are interested in group counseling, your Advocate will either make an appointment for you to meet the group facilitator or you can make an appointment with the facilitator thorugh the front desk. During your appointment, the group facilitator will share more about what to expect in group counseling, and you will have an opportunity to ask questions. If you decide you are interested in joining the group, you will be asked more about your interest in the group, experiences that you may have had in the past, counseling experiences, ways you usually cope with challenges, and what you are interested in offering to/receiving from the group.
If it is determined mutually that the group would be a good match for your needs and interests at the present time, the counselor will either inform you of your start date or will place you on the wait list for the next available opening.Contact CARE for more information.
All information you share with us, whether it is information in our records about you or even the fact that you have come to see us, cannot be shared with others outside CARE. In some circumstances your Advocate may consult with a supervisor in order to provide you with the best help available; however, no one outside CARE may have access to information without your prior written permission or as required by law:
The law in the State of California mandates that information may be appropriately shared if you are in imminent harm to yourself or to others, when there is an indication of child or elder abuse, or if you are gravely disabled.
If you are referred for counseling as a condition of an agreement, for example with the Dean of Students or with your academic department, and want information communicated to them, you will have to sign a release form to have any information provided to the person who referred you.
Creativity healed me. I don’t know that I could think of any word that I get more inspired by than the word healing. - Sark
Healing Art is being born as we speak. The concept is catching fire, is awakening in people's spirits… Artists, musicians and dancers are realizing their imagery has meaning… that their imagery heals them, others, their neighborhood, or the earth. - Michael Samuels
re:Create is a path to healing using art to engage in self-expression and self-discovery.
Creating art is a way for us to give a voice to feelings, thoughts, and/or experiences we may feel unable to express using words. Through art, we engage in self-expression and self-discovery.
January 24, 2017: Community Puzzle from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (Ring Road) Come and create your very own puzzle piece representing your part in our community of support to people affected by trauma. Supporting others is a form of healing that aligns with those of us who value connection and togetherness. Together we will create a collective puzzle representing our care and support for people affected by trauma.
February 9, 2017: Healing Journals (Registration Required) If you are a student who has been impacted by trauma that prefers to write or draw out your thoughts or feeling, the CARE office is offering an event to help you. Create a healing journal and get started on your path to writing/drawing for healing. Join us to paint, draw, and create your own journal, get prompts to get you started on your writing/drawing, and learn about the ways journaling can be a tool for healing
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How Art Heals Us
Harmony sinks deep into the recesses of the soul and takes its strongest hold there, bringing grace also to the body and mind as well. Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything. It is the essence of order. (Plato)
Music matters. And it is a source of healing – through sound, vibration, and sensations – and as a familiar "friend," bringing us comfort in difficult times. It is used during life's high points and low points to celebrate, mourn, remember, or even beckon us to engage in some kind of action or social movement. It creates connections and community, lowers anxiety and blood pressure, lifts our mood, and can motivate us to either move faster (dance) or more slowly (meditation).
The use of music as a therapeutic and healing modality is evidence-based and uses music to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional. It is the structured use of music to assist people of all ages in times of need. A well-established healing modality, it involves the use of carefully selected music and music interventions to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs. While music will not cure or solve problems brought on by crisis, it can help individuals in crisis learn and use positive coping skills and express difficult feelings and emotions. Because it is a powerful and non-invasive medium, unique outcomes are possible. Additionally, the use of music provides an opportunity for students of culturally diverse backgrounds and experientially diverse communities to participate in a healing program by creating a space where barriers such as language, mobility, visual/hearing impairments, and/or cultural norms surrounding talking about traumatic events are reduced or hopefully eliminated.
February 14, 2017: Love Songs from 12 pm - 2 pm Join UCI CARE next to the Student Center stage as we create a playlist of love songs and share information and resources on healthy relationships.
April 2017: Acoustic Affirmations This concert series utilizes the receptive form of music as healing...where the music is recieved, interpreted, and processed by the individual in a safe, nurturing space. UCI community members will have the opportunity to practice self-care, address negative self-talk, and reduce the impact of stress and trauma through mindful participation. Additional details on date, location and artist to follow.
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Yann Tiersen (Relaxation) Playlist
From a holistic healing perspective, re:Assert's goal is to empower students – helping them to find and use their own inner strength and awareness to maintain (or regain) control of their lives.
Personal safety and self-defense workshops
re:Assert personal safety and self-defense workshops combine awareness, assertiveness, and verbal confrontation skills with safety strategies and physical techniques that increase someone’s likelihood to successfully escape, resist and survive violent attacks. UCI CARE partners with Get Safe USA for its personal safety workshop offerings throughout the year. Get Safe USA specializes in the development and instruction of workshops in personal safety, sexual assault prevention, survivor recovery, self-defense, and violence-prevention.
Among other programs on self-defense, Get Safe USA offers Breaking Barriers, a program which combines physical movements with psychological group recovery. Participants in Breaking Barriers must have an active relationship with a counselor or be involved in group therapy. Instructors for Breaking Barriers are certified sexual assault counselors and domestic violence advocates. The goal of this multidimensional program is to empower all participants, provide them with practical tools that will keep them safe, and create positive group interaction that will promote healthier social outlets.
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To assist in selecting a self-defense course to best fits your needs, please reference Guidelines for Choosing a Self-Defense Course.Please note that the self-defense information provided above was compiled by staff and/or website content, and does not represent the endorsement or opinions of UCI.
Reconnection to the natural world – whether through gardens, animals, nature walks, or nature brought indoors – not only alleviates [distress], but also brings a larger capacity for health, self-esteem, self-relatedness, social connection, and joy. (Chalquist, 2009)
Encounters with the natural world brings a sense of balance and relief from everyday stressors and also rekindles a sense of belonging and connection with the world at large. (Zeller, 2006)
Horticulture as Healing
re:Cultivate uses horticulture activities – like cultivating gardens, plants, and spending time in nature – as a path toward healing that connects people to the healing powers of nature. Horticulture activities teach us about nurturance, attentiveness, consistency, patience, mindfulness, and problem solving in a way that we can then apply to our own path toward healing. Tending to nature also serves as a metaphor for the care and attention we all need as we tend to our own growth and restoration.
February 22, 2017: Outdoor Guided Meditation from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Banning House) For students who find healing in nature and natural spaces, join us at the Banning House where you will be guided in an outdoor meditation. Meditation can help students affected by trauma learn to connect more with their present moment experience, feel more grounded and relaxed, as well as become more aware of their minds and bodies.
March 9, 2017: Nature Walk from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Spending time in nature is a method of healing from trauma that brings people closer to the natural world, increases feelings of connection and balance, and can restore a sense of hope. Join us in a nature walk where we will spend time practicing mindfulness, grounding ourselves in the present moment, and reflecting on the healing power of nature. For those interested, please bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen or a hat, and an openness to healing with nature.
Horticulture activities have been shown to help improve individual’s physical, psychological, and social well-being. Working in a garden, with plants, or in another natural setting is believed to give people impacted by trauma, psychological and emotional distance from negative emotions, distractions and reminders, and restoring their ability to heal and attend to the present moment in a more joyful way.
Horticulture has been shown to help (Chalquist, 2009; Renzetii & Follingstand, 2015; Sempik, Aldridge, & Becker, 2003):
Reducing feelings of isolation
Fostering emotional restoration
Increase effective emotional expression
Increase problem solving
Increase life enjoyment
- Tending community garden
- Walking Meditations
Learn more about the healing powers of horticulture:
PsycCentral – Gardening’s Unique Potential for Healing Trauma http://blogs.psychcentral.com/healing-together/2013/06/gardenings-unique-potential-for-healing-trauma/
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UCI Partner Retreat Culinary Adventure
February 11, 2017
(Graduate Students, Veterans, and Residents of PV and VP Only)
The Partner Retreat is a unique opportunity for partners to participate in a variety of guided activities followed by engaging dialogue. The day will include interactive communication skills, shared cooking activities, culminating with an intimate dining experience. Partners will gain tools in communication strategies, ways to show your partner love in the way they receive love, develop interpersonal assertiveness, and most importantly build positive and supportive relationships.
Your significant other does not need to live with you in order to participate in this day for getting away and spending quality time together. Did you know your academics tend to improve when your relationship is going smooth? Invest in you, your significant other, and your academic success. Come join us for an afternoon of connection and growth.
The cost is $20 per couple. Transportation is provided.
Registration is open.
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What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die. (Anne Lamott)
We read to know that we are not alone. (C.S. Lewis)
UCI CARE understands that books and other resources can support the healing process. In support of holistic healing initiatives, the CARE Office houses a healing library of books, films, resource guides, fact sheets and other tools that are available for check out by members of the UCI community.
For information on available titles and/or check out items out of the library, please email email@example.com or call (949) 824-7273.
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Our healing library includes the following titles:
Ambrose, P. J., Harper, J., & Pemberton, R. (1983). Surviving divorce: Men beyond marriage. Brighton, Sussex: Wheatsheaf Books.
Bass, E., & Davis, L. (1988). The courage to heal: A guide for women survivors of child sexual abuse. New York: Perennial Library.
Becker, G. D. (1997). The gift of fear: Survival signals that protect us from violence. Boston: Little, Brown.
Bennett, B. (2002). Emotional yoga: How the body can heal the mind. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Bourne, E. J. (2010). The anxiety & phobia workbook. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
Brown, R. P., & Gerbarg, P. L. (2012). The healing power of the breath: Simple techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance concentration, and balance your emotions. Boston, MA: Trumpeter.
Cahill, A. J. (2001). Rethinking rape. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Chapman, G. D. (1995). The five love languages: How to express heartfelt commitment to your mate. Chicago: Northfield Pub.
Dugan, M. K., & Hock, R. R. (2000). It's my life now: Starting over after an abusive relationship or domestic violence. New York: Routledge.
Emerson, D., & Hopper, E. K. (2011). Overcoming trauma through yoga: Reclaiming your body. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
Evans, P. (1996). The verbally abusive relationship: How to recognize it and how to respond. Holbrook, MA: Adams Media Corporation.
Follette, V. M., Briere, J., Rozelle, D., Hopper, J. W., & Rome, D. I. (n.d.). Mindfulness-oriented interventions for trauma: Integrating contemplative practices.
Forbes, B. (2011). Yoga for emotional balance: Simple practices to help relieve anxiety and depression. Boston: Shambhala.
Foubert, J. (2011). The men's and women's programs: Ending rape through peer education. New York: Brunner-Routledge.
Grant, R. (2012). Beyond surviving: The final stage in recovery from sexual abuse. Bloomington, IN: IUniverse.
Gross, L. (2000). Surviving a stalker: Everything you need to know to keep yourself safe. New York: Marlowe &.
Haines, S., Newman, F., & Haines, S. (2007). Healing sex: A mind-body approach to healing sexual trauma. San Francisco: Cleis Press.
Hay, L. L. (1999). Power thought cards a 64 card deck. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House.
Herman, J. L. (1992). Trauma and recovery. New York, NY: BasicBooks.
Hong, L. (1999). Redefining babes, booze and brawls: Men against violence--towards a new masculinity. Boca Raton, FL: Dissertation.com.
Kaplan, A. (n.d.). Still room for hope: A survivor's story of sexual assault, forgiveness, and freedom.
Katz, J. (2006). The macho paradox: Why some men hurt women and how all men can help. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.
Kearl, H. (2010). Stop street harassment: Making public places safe and welcoming for women. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
Kivel, P. (1992). Men's work: How to stop the violence that tears our lives apart. New York: Ballantine Books.
Kubany, E. S., McCaig, M. A., & Laconsay, J. R. (2003). Healing the trauma of domestic violence: A workbook for women. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
Levine, P. A. (2010). In an unspoken voice: How the body releases trauma and restores goodness. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books.
Levine, P. A., & Frederick, A. (1997). Walking the tiger: Healing trauma: The innate capacity to transform overwhelming experiences. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
Lue, N. (2013). The no contact rule. Place of publication not identified: Naughty Girl Media.
Mathieu, F. (2012). The compassion fatigue workbook: Creative tools for transforming compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization. New York, NY: Routledge.
Matsakis, A. (n.d.). The rape recovery handbook: Step-by-step help for survivors of sexual assault.
Mellody, P., Miller, A. W., & Miller, K. (1992). Facing love addiction: Giving yourself the power to change the way you love: The love connection to codependence. New York, NY: HarperSan Francisco.
Myss, C. M. (1996). Anatomy of the spirit: The seven stages of power and healing. New York: Harmony Books.
Ogden, P., Minton, K., & Pain, C. (2006). Trauma and the body: A sensorimotor approach to psychotherapy. New York: W.W. Norton.
Proctor, M. (2003). How to stop a stalker. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.
Raine, N. V. (1998). After silence: Rape and my journey back. New York: Crown Publishers.
Rothschild, B. (2000). The body remembers: The psychophysiology of trauma and trauma treatment. New York: Norton.
Rothschild, B. (2010). 8 keys to safe trauma recovery: Take-charge strategies to empower your healing. New York: W.W. Norton.
Ruiz, M. (1997). The four agreements: A practical guide to personal freedom. San Rafael, CA: Amber-Allen Pub.
Salzberg, S. (2011). Real happiness: The power of meditation: A 28-day program. New York: Workman Pub.
Tarrant, S., & Katz, J. (2008). Men speak out: Views on gender, sex and power. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
Warshaw, R., & Koss, M. P. (1988). I never called it rape: The Ms. report on recognizing, fighting, and surviving date and acquaintance rape. New York: Harper & Row.
Williams, J. M., Teasdale, J. D., Segal, Z. V., & Kabat-Zinn, J. (n.d.). The mindful way through depression: Freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness.
Williams, M. B., & Poijula, S. (2002). The PTSD workbook: Simple, effective techniques for overcoming traumatic stress symptoms. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
Words that matter: A little book of life lessons. (2010). New York: HarperStudio.
re:Source provides downloadable resources, such as self-care plans, meditations, and worksheets or readings, via the UCI CARE website and social media pages.
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