Recovering from Toxic and Abusive Relationships

A 8-week written course from Bloom by Chayn.

A 8-week written course from Bloom by Chayn.

Introduction

Our courses are designed, specifically, with two intentions: to both inform and empower. Over the 16 sessions of this course, we will pass on key information, offer advice, and give you the tools that will enable you to heal and to cope. Ultimately we hope to embolden, acknowledge, and empower each person to build their self-esteem, banish shame, and to make the best choices for their own lives. 

Who is this course for?

This course is meant for those who are currently living with their abusers and those who have left an abusive relationship: whether this was with an intimate partner or with family.  

How is this course structured?

The following course notes are taken from the ‘Coping with Domestic Abuse’ course that ran in the autumn of 2020. During this course, we produced two videos a week, with each of our 5 facilitators taking turns to present the videos in pairs. Every week we sent out these two videos (once on Tuesday and the other on Thursday). Each session had homework for participants to complete in their own time.

So, for these course notes, we’ve kept the structure and content of the course, but of course these are written documents as opposed to videos. Our sessions are still structured into eight weeks, with two sessions a week, although feel free to take the course at whatever pace works for you. We’ve also kept the homework, and really recommend that you try to do it as you go along. We’ll be building on our skills as the course goes on, so it will help if you work on these skills through the homework outside of the sessions!

Legal Disclaimer

As an opening disclaimer, please know that Bloom’s courses are not meant to replace any professional service. Bloom has been widely researched, double-checked, and verified by certified trauma-support workers - including a professional therapist. The information and advice we cover is psychologically-informed and informed by our own team of survivors - who’ve included their resources in recovering from abuse and assault. However, this programme is not a replacement for the individual attention and training of an accredited counsellor or agency. Bloom is meant to be used as an additional resource.

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Week 1, Session 1: Introduction & 4 Key Facts

Hello everyone! Welcome to our very first session of Bloom - Chayn’s trauma support group! The hardest part is over. ...

Week 1, Session 2: Naming Abuse & Coercive Control

Hello and welcome to Week 1, Session 2.

If this is the first time you’re reading this, welcome! We’re so happy...

Week 2, Session 1: Fear in the Body

Hello and welcome to Week 2, Session 1 with Bloom.  

If this is the first time you’re reading this, welcome! W...

Week 2, Session 2: Trauma Bonding is Addictive

Hello and welcome to Week 2, Session 2.

If this is the first time you’re reading this, welcome! We’re so happy...

Week 3, Session 1: Self-Esteem and Automatic Negative Thoughts

Hello and welcome to Week 3, Session 1.

If this is the first time you’re reading this, welcome! We’re so happy...

Week 3: Session 2 - Affirmations

Hello and welcome to Week 3, Session 2.

We’re happy you are back for this week. Last session was pretty intens...

Week 4, Session 1: Power, Control, & the Patriarchy

Hello and welcome to Week 4, Session 1 of Bloom.

If this is the first time you’re reading this, welcome! We’re...

Week 4, Session 2: The Cycle of Coercive Control

Hello and welcome to Week 4, Session 2 - officially halfway through our course!

If this is the first time you’...

Week 5, Session 1: Understanding PTSD and Complex-PTSD

Hello and welcome to Week 5, Session 1.

If this is the first time you’re reading this, welcome! We’re so happy...

Week 5, Session 2: Living Well - Trauma Tools & Therapies

Hello and welcome to Week 5,  Session 2. 

If this is the first time you’re reading this, welcome! We’re so hap...

Week 6, Session 1: Anger is Not the Same as Aggression

Hello and welcome to Week 6, Session 1. 

If this is the first time you’re reading this, welcome! We’re so happ...

week-6-session-2-guilt-grief-and-letting-go

Hello and welcome to Week 6, Session 2 of Bloom where we’ll be discussing “difficult” feelings. 

If this is th...

Week 7, Session 1: Healthy Relationships

Hello and welcome to Week 7, Session 1 of Bloom’s course on ‘Coping with Domestic Abuse’.

If this is the first...

Week 7, Session 2: Assertiveness and Communication

Hello and welcome to Week 7, Session 2 of Bloom’s course on ‘Coping with Domestic Abuse’.

We’ve been through a...

Week 8, Session 1: Creating a Safer Environment: If You Stay and Exit Strategies

Hello and welcome to Week 8, Session 1 of Bloom’s ‘Coping with Domestic Abuse’.

Wow, welcome to the last week....

Week 8, Session 2: Reflections and Goodbyes

Welcome - to our final session of Bloom’s course for coping with domestic abuse. If you’re reading this, that means y...