ASCA – Style
What is ASCA?
As you probably know if you are attending ASCA meetings, ASCA is a support program with several unique features. First, it is psychologically-based and was created expressly to address the particular needs of adult survivors of child abuse. To our knowledge, it is the only program that provides a psychological framework for the complex process of healing from child abuse and moving on with life. ASCA combines elements drawn from the recovery movement (programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous) with a theoretical approach that emphasizes recognizing and resolving past pain, identifying maladaptive coping behaviors and developing new skills that foster self-esteem and healthy relationships.

Second, ASCA meetings, which follow carefully scripted meeting formats, are run by lay facilitators, themselves survivors, who have received training to help them handle the problems that may arise in meetings and to provide a safe, structured environment for fellow survivors. Third, ASCA meetings are open to survivors of all types of child abuse: physical, sexual and emotional. And fourth, ASCA is the fruit of a collaborative effort between THE MORRIS CENTER, survivors, volunteers, professionals, community agencies and the community at large. As such, it benefits from a broad range of experience and skills.

The purpose of ASCA meetings is to allow survivors to share their abuse and recovery experiences; to receive support and affirmation for their recovery efforts; to try out new, more adaptive behaviors and, in so doing, to better understand themselves and their recovery process. As survivors come to terms with their abuse histories and develop healthier behaviors and relationship patterns, they are able to test out some of those new patterns. The increased confidence, mastery and sense of responsibility that survivors build as a result of participating in ASCA meetings are skills that transfer to the larger world.

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