Tuesdays: February 23rd through April 20th 5:30 to 7pm ONLINE

Join survivors of all genders for a unique journey of healing from sexual violence. Become reconnected to your body as safe and powerful and gain tools for assertive communication, boundary setting, self-care, and self-defense. Participants have gained confidence and skills, and experienced a reduction in PTSD symptoms while building community with other survivors. 

Cost: Suggested $10 – $20 per session (pay what you can)

Facilitated by Clara Porter, MSW and Amy Goode, LCSW 

Clara Porter is the founder/director of Prevention. Action. Change. Clara has been teaching empowerment self defense for over 20 years and developed Healing Through Empowerment in collaboration with healing practitioners, survivors of sexual violence, and trauma experts in the Portland area and across the country. 

Amy Goode is a lead teacher with Prevention. Action. Change. with a focus on creating safer workplace environments for human services organizations. Amy is also the Associate Director at Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine where she coordinates support services for survivors across 4 Maine counties. Amy brings extensive expertise in embodied trauma healing for individuals and within groups.

Healing Through Empowerment Series Description

Healing through Empowerment uses mindfulness techniques, body-based exercises, discussion, role play, verbal and physical self defense techniques, and reflection as tools for healing from abuse and assault trauma. Learn to observe and honor your own responses and preferences as felt in the body and develop practices to identify and express what you want, need, and feel in your own life. With an emphasis on choice and control, explore and gain tools for managing adrenalin, connecting with the body and feeling its strength and stability for safety, healing, and growth.  Survivors of all genders welcome – Ages 18 and up.

For information on upcoming series contact Clara at info@PACMaine.com or call (207) 232-0484

ESD contributes to healing by:

  • Creating an environment that is explicitly safe. 
  • Giving participants opportunities to make active choices and express personal boundaries which are respected by others.
  • Teaching new responses to use in stressful situations (active coping).
  • Using mind/body techniques to become more aware of the body’s signals (interoceptive awareness).
  • Providing an opportunity to learn and practice personal safety skills, such as becoming more aware of danger cues and using active responses.
  • Offering safe and comforting experiences of working with others (social connection).

Click here to REGISTER 

Watch: Webinar with Director Clara Porter on Empowerment Self Defense as a tool for trauma healing.