Post by Marena Burnett on Apr 5, 2016 6:03:15 GMT -5
We know that talking about domestic violence and child abuse is difficult.
Throughout the month of April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we want to hear about the conversation starters and activities that CenteringPregnancy and CenteringParenting facilitators are using to prompt these discussions. How do you create safe spaces? Tell us how you use meditation, Dear Centering or another activity in your groups. What are your challenges?
We will be posting additional tools and links to resources and ask you to share your ideas, suggestions and questions with one another throughout the month. Here’s one resource that we hope you access and share: The Children’s Bureau has posted a calendar of “30 Ways to Build Community and Hope During National Child Abuse Prevention Month” for parents, programs and communities - 1.usa.gov/1RJTVST
Posts: 33 My job role is: Healthcare Provider I am interested in Centering because: The centering model and facilitative leadership provide families with the support, education & assessments they need to become partners in their own care.
We recently discussed DV in one of my centering groups. As we have many partners attending with our moms, I like to use "Dear Centering" letters. I have used the ones that come in the kit, and I have also written letters to be used. I generally introduce the topic by acknowledging it's an uncomfortable topic, but that most of us will care for someone who be hurt by DV. I also share that we are required by law to screen for it. When we open it up like that, and say we want them to know how to get help or be helpful, people seem more open to talking about it.
Last week we had a very powerful session where one expectant mom got up and ran out of the room crying when we circled back up to share our responses to the letters. Her husband followed her, and when I joined them in the hall, he was holding her as she shared she had been in a very physically violent relationship prior to meeting her husband. She decided to share with our group what she found helpful to hear when she was in that situation The group thanked her for sharing her tears.
We also provide them with handouts on Kaiser resources and we try to provide them with info on community resources.
I'm looking forward to reading other responses!
Pam Lemke CNM, MS retired and living in Southern Arizona former centering facilitator, in-house trainer, and centering champion Kaiser San Jose Medical Center San Jose, California