Therapeutic Groups

Barwon CASA/Minerva offers therapeutic and supportive group programs, facilitated by experienced counsellor advocates. Therapeutic groups offer survivors of sexual assault and family violence the opportunity to meet others who might be facing similar issues and participants may share the impacts of their trauma in a supportive environment. The issues discussed in the group are confidential.

We are excited to announce our Group programs for 2017:

Trauma Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 

A 10 Week practical program based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) underpinned by trauma theory and practice. This course will be delivered in Geelong and Colac.

Participants Learn:

  • To understand trauma and to manage trauma symptoms through a mixture of learning, group discussions, individual reflection, writing, music, art, 
    nature and movement
  • A range of helping skills, grounding, body-centred exercises and mindfulnes skills to assist in managing triggers and establishing safety

The TACT Group is suitable for female adults (18+) affected by sexual assault and family violence experiencing post-traumatic stress symptoms.

For further details Geelong group click here and Colac group click here.

TACT Information for Referrers


CONNECT is a trauma informed program that focuses on strengthening the relationship between a mother and her child after the impacts of family violence. The program aims to re-empower this connection so that the family can be a safe, nurturing and healing environment. The CONNECT program works with the core assumption that strengthening a child's protective relationships will support their individual trauma recovery and maintain long term improvements. Play, craft, music, relational games and education are used to support families in their recovery and help provide resources and practical skills for mothers and their children.

Who is this Program for?
Connect is suitable for female carers and their child who have experienced family violence where:

  • The child is aged 8-11 years

  • The relationship between the mother and the child has been impacted by family violence

  • Children and mothers are living with a level of safety and stability 

  • Mothers have a level of self-regulation skills and external supports that enable them to safely engage in a group program 

  • They family is able to commit to attending all sessions of the program, except where unforeseeable circumstances occur

More details for counsellors, click here.

More details for participants, click here

Children and Mothers in Mind

A relationship building group held weekly for mothers and young children who have experienced family violence

Children and Mothers in Mind provides you and your child:

  • support to overcome hurtful experiences
  • strengthen your relationship with your child
  • reduce parenting stress through playing, singing, talking, having fun, processing experiences,
  • hearing from other mums
  • building confidence, and
  • strengthening connections.

More details click here