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Teen Survivor Support Groups: Promoting Resilience and Empowerment


How do you craft a psychoeducational support group for teen survivors of sexual abuse and assault that addresses their unique needs and acknowledges the effects of sexual violence in their lives? What practical steps do you need to take in forming and facilitating these support groups to keep them securely anchored in the values of our field? This webinar focuses on facilitator-tested steps to use empowerment-based advocacy principles, an anti-oppression framework, and trauma-informed approaches, with survivors leading the way.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Integrate empowerment-based advocacy principles into teen survivor support groups.
  2. Use the principles of trauma-informed services to shape support group practice.
  3. Apply an understanding of oppression issues to create an accessible and inclusive group.
  4. Create a survivor-led, teen-empowering group experience.


Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck, PhD, Program Management Specialist for the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, provides support and technical assistance on accreditation and management issues for community sexual assault programs. She offers training and develops resources on the topic of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV); she also focuses on intersections of sexual assault, reproductive health, and pregnancy/childbirth issues. She has written a facilitators’ manual for IPSV support groups, and has co-written support group manuals for working with teens and nonoffending parents/caregivers. As a clinical psychologist, Jennifer has worked with trauma survivors and in program development for the past 30 years. Jennifer has written a book for parents of children who have been sexually abused, and has been a presenter at national, regional, and local conferences. She is co-editor and contributing author of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: A Multidisciplinary Guide to Improving Services and Support for Survivors of Rape and Abuse, including a chapter on support groups and one on teen survivors.

Logan Micheel, MA, is the Child Advocacy Specialist at the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP). In this role, she provides technical assistance, training, research and resources to support sexual assault advocates and community programs in their work with children, teens, and nonoffending caregivers. Her recent projects have included co-writing WCSAP’s guides for facilitating teen and nonoffending caregiver support groups. Logan has been involved in the anti-sexual violence field for the last 10 years. Prior to joining WCSAP over three years ago, she worked as a legal advocate at a community sexual assault program in Washington and conducted her Master’s research on the factors influencing sexual assault case filing decisions.

Recording & Materials

Reviewed: March 21st, 2017