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Integrative Healing Group for Victims of Sexual Assault

Laurel Tormey Cole, CYT, director of Orchid Tree Yoga and JoLynn Backes, of Victim Advocacy Services of PPMH, Inc., in partnership with Debbie Fowler, president and co-founder of Eyes Wide Open, are offering an innovative eight-week support group from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning March 1 through April 26, 2018 serving and empowering survivors via the healing arts of yoga, music and visual art. Tormey Cole will provide trauma-informed yoga for an integrative healing group of adult survivors of sexual assault.

Tormey Cole trained under David Emerson, founder of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga at the Trauma Center (TSYTC) of the Justice Resource Institute. Trauma-sensitive yoga is an evidence-based treatment for complex trauma and complex post-traumatic stress. According to TSYTC, “Many treatment approaches for PTSD and complex trauma neglect the impact that the experience of trauma has on the body. Through empirically validated research, we have found that our unique approach to yoga can provide survivors the opportunity to build a safe and predictable relationship with their bodies, furthering the potential for healing and recovery.”

Admission is free. Location: Eyes Wide Open, 1775 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady. For more information and to register, call Backes at 518-374-5333, ext. 2268 or email jbackes@ppmhchoices.org.