A series of workshops from Students Ending Rape Culture (SERC) will provide a foundation for survivors and their supporters through self-care.

The Self-Care Series will be at 5 p.m. Thursdays, beginning September 5, in McCormick Hall, room 186. The workshops are free and open to the campus community. Survivors of domestic violence and survivors of all trauma are welcome.

Participants will learn to develop habits to pay attention to their own needs while taking care of others. “As advocates, people may sometimes neglect their own needs while supporting others,” said Misia Grzybowski, advisor for SERC. “Prolonged periods in a supportive role without consistently engaging in self-care and finding a way to set aside the pain of others can lead to compassion fatigue.”

Sponsored by Health Promotion and Wellness, the workshops build on one another and compare the development of self-care habits to the cultivation of plants.

Workshops include:
Sessions for Cultivating Stable Ground: September 5, 12, and 19
Establishing Secure Roots: October 3, 10, and 24
Growing Strong: October 31 and November 7
Self-Care as Second Nature: Dates TBA

For more information, or for those who need special accommodation to attend, contact Health Promotion and Wellness at (309) 438-9355.