Practicing in the Community

Trauma Support group participant with mandala.

Currently, ITTIC offers two trauma-specific interventions to the community. ITTIC has experience facilitating the following two interventions to refugees and immigrants, victims of domestic violence, women struggling with addiction and children who have experienced various forms of trauma. 

Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety is a present-focused therapy to help people attain safety from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse. The treatment is available as a book, providing both client handouts and guidance for clinicians.

The treatment was designed for flexible use. It has been conducted in group and individual format; for women, men and mixed-gender individuals; using all topics or fewer topics; in a variety of settings (outpatient, inpatient, residential); and for both substance abuse and dependence. It has also been used with people who have a trauma history but do not meet criteria for PTSD.

Seeking Safety/Mandala Trauma Support Group

ITTIC also offers an eight session trauma support group intervention which combines aspects of the Seeking Safety model with mandala work--an art therapy technique. To create the trauma support group, ITTIC staff were trained by an art therapist and then treatment topics from Seeking Safety were modified to include mandala work with permission from Dr. Najavits (the original developer of the Seeking Safety curriculum). 

The curriculum was originally designed to work with refugee populations. The group content is designed in a way to meet the needs of having a translator present and facilitators have experience running the group with translators.

Providing Seeking Safety or Trauma Support Group

To request more information about bringing the Seeking Safety or trauma support group intervention to your agency, please contact us at (716) 829-3745 or by using our contact form.