Kaleidoscope Counseling & Case Management LLC‘s (KCCM) psycho-educational component is a 10-session series of groups which focus on women’s trauma symptoms related to their experiences of sexual and physical violence, drug abuse as well as the distress it cause. Our program is adapted from Lisa M. Najavits’s “Seeking Safety,” model which refers to helping individuals free themselves from such behavior and, moving toward freeing themselves from trauma at a deep emotional level. Seeking Safety was initially tested as a short-term (3 month) group treatment with a single therapist, to evaluate whether gains could be achieved within these limits (Najavits et. A; 1998e).
The groups will provide clients with the following: 1) new information concerning the impact of their trauma and to change their perspective of these, 2) skills to improve their functioning, and to instill hope that their lives will be better. The mutual support available to women who share the same issues will also be beneficial. These groups will be empowering and conducted by highly trained professionals (Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), or Licensed Eligible Mental Health Professional) on a contractual basis.
Clients will be carefully identified through a comprehensive screening process in order to participate. Those individuals identified will also receive a modified version of the Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI) to complete prior to attending group. Client history, current presentation and symptoms will indicate appropriateness for referral. Clients will not have to meet all criteria for PTSD or substance abuse disorder but should met most. Other numbing and compulsive problems will qualify other than alcohol or drug abuse, i.e. compulsive sex, gambling and eating disorders.