If there is a single facet of human experience that can enable a person to heal from trauma, it is the balm and comfort of human connection. The Essence of Being Real: Relational Peer Support for Men and Women Who Have Experienced Trauma will teach you how to create a safe group environment for trauma survivors to test out what it is like to establish trust with others, experience safety, and make meaningful, healthy connections. Being Real is a manual that offers trauma survivors the inspiration and education to make a powerful difference in their communities through peer support.
This new framework for peer support relies heavily on the power of hope and the belief that every trauma survivor has an opportunity to rise above merely surviving. Being Real is a present-focused and connection-based philosophy that is compatible with other mutual support protocols. You will develop a deeper understanding of the effects of trauma, particularly within the context of relationship to self and others, in order to create long-lasting and meaningful change.
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