Abuse is so crippling that many who survive the trauma are never able to function again in the world as productive members of the work force-in whatever capacity. This workbook is dedicated to addressing this and many other issues.
A Career and Life Planning Guide for Women Survivors provides real activities that deal with the trauma up close, providing survivors the opportunity to face the events that changed their lives. You will find glossaries and exercises created to assist in overcoming denial and vulnerability while working toward empowerment. Useful features include TIPS found throughout the workbook and numerous resources provided for help. This workbook can be successfully used by professionals working with survivors and by individuals on their own.
Table of Contents
Section I: The Tools-Gathering the Words of Power
Naming the Trauma
Reclaiming My Innocent Body
Overcoming Verbal-Emotional Abuse
Section II: The Process-Moving Through the Flower
Making Your Work Visible
Analyzing, Respecting, and Celebrating Your Work
Understanding Your Vocational Impairment
Section III: The Plan-Re-weaving Your Own Life and Work
Making the Frame
Stretching the Self
Weaving a Life
Dr. Patricia A. Murphy is the author of Making the Connections: Women, Work & Abuse. She was awarded the John D. and Catherine T. MacAurthur Foundation's first Women's Health Policy Fellowship for Spring, 1994 at the University of Illinois Center for Research on Women in Gender in Chicago. During that time, she directed The Trauma Narratives and Americans with Disabilities Act Writing Project. This participatory action research project resulted in the monograph, The Edge of A Large Hole: Writings on the Request for Reasonable Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. She is the founder and director of The Making the Connections Project, as an affiliate of the Union Institute Center for Women, Washington, DC The Project's purpose was to bring the vocational rehabilitation analysis to the anti-abuse communities and traumatic abuse analysis to the rehabilitation communities. In July 1994, at the Reframing Women's Health Summer Institute sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Research on Women and Gender, The Making the Connections Project was transformed into the Making the Connections Intercultural Network, an international advocacy organization addressing the issues of women, work, disability, abuse, and violence. Dr. Murphy is the winner of the 1991 Most Innovative Rehabilitation Procedure Award given to her by the National Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector.