Workshop on Understanding and Working with Incest/CSA Survivors with Sanjivini Society for Mental Health
Dates: 30 March 2017
RAHI held a one-day workshop with Sanijivini Society for Mental Health on the 30th of March. Sanjivini is a non-profit voluntary organisation that provides free and confidential counselling to anyone faced with a situation that causes emotional and mental distress.
The workshop was held with 30 participants with the objective of building their knowledge and perspective on incest/CSA and helping them learn about working with women survivors. Through this workshop, participants learned about incest/CSA as trauma, its long term impact, treatment theories and recovery, as well as the RAHI Model of Healing and effective techniques. Participants also got to know more about working with survivors and the role of an incest/CSA counsellor.
The session was marked by a survivor testimony and survivor interaction. Following a video of a testimony shared by one of RAHI's survivors, participants in the workshop had the chance to interact directly with the survivor through a tele-conference. Participants were free to ask the survivor questions about her journey. By the end of the workshop, participants reported feeling 'touched' by the interaction, and spoke about realising the importance of social action and how it empowers survivors.