This second edition offers trauma survivors a way to explore their experiences, receive support, and work through the stigma often associated with needing help to heal.
The Essence of Being Real is based on the Risking Connection® program. Its goal is to provide a blueprint for mutual peer support groups in which participants are willing to risk being “real” in community with each other – for each person to be honest about who they are, where they are, and what they need. In these support groups participants learn ways to share their process, to dilute the aftereffects of trauma, and to replace problematic reactions with something healthier.
It includes a roadmap for organizations and individuals to create Being Real groups by developing these three skills:
• How to observe, follow, and lead (the role requirements of a participant in a group)
• How to address challenging moments in a group as a leader and a follower
• How to plan and deliver an effective meeting when it is your turn to lead
Authors: Jennifer L. Wilkerson and the Sidran Institute