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Support and Therapeutic Groups

Women’s Health Queensland offers 100% free trauma-informed support and therapeutic groups for women with experiences of trauma and violence.  Read about our current groups and for more information email health@womenshealth.org.au.

Art Therapy 7-Week Program

Art Therapy is a process of self-exploration, expressing thoughts and feelings. WHQ’s Group Art Therapy program is for women who have experienced Domestic, Family and Sexual violence.  

Art therapy uses creative mediums like drawing, painting, colouring, and collage. Art can offer an alternative way to process traumatic events. Art can provide an outlet when words fail. The group is focused on supporting women to use different forms of creative arts to aid in healing, identifying existing strengths and finding new strength while nurturing self and building on self-esteem. You do not need to be artistic to participate in this group. 

Learning and Outcomes  

  1. To assist people in exploring the skills and knowledge that they hold onto throughout the experience of hardship in their lives. 
  2. To reauthor “problem stories” and thicken alternative stories of the skills, values, and knowledges they hold onto during life’s challenges. 
  3. To support participants in feeling stronger and more aware of their capacities, resources, and abilities to withstand challenges. 
  4. To explore future possibilities and hopes 

Next start date 19th October 2021.

Days: Tuesdays, 9.30am -12.30pm 

To refer women to this group or register your interest please email: referral@womenshealth.org.au 

 

Creating, Coping, Connecting (previously Mindfulness for Mental Health)

WHQ Creating, Coping, Connecting group will explore the interaction between physical and mental health and discover how to maintain a manageable equilibrium through skills learned in our mindfulness practice. Creating, Coping, Connecting has been specifically developed for women who have experience Domestic, family and or sexual violence and engages a trauma-informed healing centred approach to developing a mindful practice.  

People often say “I’m not good at mindfulness”, “I can’t sit still”, “how can I find time to be mindful?” this group is for anyone who has had those thoughts. We will be finding ways to make mindfulness work in your busy life and adapting these skills to be flexible and suited to you and your brain. 

 Learning and outcomes 

  • Develop a mindfulness practice. 
  • Learn Body awareness to help us develop the practice of tuning in to your body. 
  • Use Focused attention to help manage racing thoughts and brains that will not turn off. 
  • Begin to develop Cognitive awareness which allows us to track our thoughts and 
  • Practice mindful restructuring of less helpful habits of thinking. 

Creating, Coping, Connecting is a 6-week group 

Next start date 13th October 2021.

Days: Wednesdays, 9.30am -11.30am

To refer women to this group or register your interest please email: referral@womenshealth.org.au

Say Yes to You Workshop Series

The Say Yes to You workshop series is a safe, supportive group where you have an opportunity to learn and grow alongside other women. Each workshop session is unique and filled with great information and resources. You may come to just one, or as many as you choose, it’s up to you!

Across 5 weeks you will be learning about:

  • Session 1 – Creating healthy relationships
  • Session 2 – Identifying your boundaries
  • Session 3 – Understanding the impacts of domestic violence and trauma
  • Session 4 – Self-care for your brain and body
  • Session 5 – Exploring aspects of your identities – Tree of Life activity

Next start date: 7th October.

Days: Thursdays, 9.30am-12.30pm. 

To refer women to this group or register your interest please email: referral@womenshealth.org.au

Pre-recorded sessions

 

Women’s Health Queensland have a resident yoga teacher and nutritionist, view the videos below or head over to our Facebook or Instagram for live meditation and yoga classes and keep an eye out for nutritional content.

Mindfulness Meditation to Ease Stress

Yoga with Hannah

3 Minute Meditation