Community Support Groups & Workshops

Our center offers community peer support groups for various topics and communities. Community peer support groups are not therapy groups, though they are led by a professional. Community peer support groups provide coping skills and bring together members with similar lived experiences to support each other. The group contributes to the healing process through attentive listening, encouragement, feedback, education, and shared experience. Group members will learn to better understand themselves, work to change thoughts and behaviors while receiving and giving feedback to other group members.

Upcoming Workshops

Community Support Group for those Impacted by the Overturning of Roe vs. Wade

Presented by Xihlovo Mabunda, MS, NCC & Phoenix Center Staff Support

Please read before registering for this event. Click on the link to register.

Date & Time: Tuesday July 19, 2022, 5pm – 6:30 pm (EST/NYC Time Zone)

Free event

This is an online zoom event; the link will be provided after registration. Space is available to 25 people. Please register by no later than Monday, July 18 at 5pm.

Disclaimer: This is a peer support group for community members, and not a therapy group. If you are looking for therapy services, please let us know and we can offer services or referrals. Contact our intake coordinator, Lewis Johnson, at 484-440-9416 or Support@PhoenixTraumaCenter.com

About this event:

The purpose of this group is to bring together members of the community to share their experiences of collective trauma and adverse events. Together, we will spend our time holding the impact of the recent Supreme Court ruling on Roe vs. Wade and supporting each other. This space is one free of judgement and focuses on the benefits of community in healing and the ability to be with difficult emotions. Policies and world events impact people’s lives. This group is created to discuss the emotional impact and provide peer support.

The group will be facilitated by Xihlovo Mabunda, MS, NCC , with the support of other Phoenix Center staff and employ various experiential group processes to promote peer support, connection, and restoration.

For a full description and more information about registration for this group, click here!


Vicarious Post-Traumatic Growth for Mental Health Professionals: A Free Peer Support Workshop for Self-Care and Community

Date & Time: on-going, on the first Monday of every month from 6:30-8:30 PM

Location: Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy, 524 N. Providence Road Media PA 19063 (in lower floor event space)

Cost: Free event. Participants must register in advance!

Burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma are on the rise for mental health professionals. The importance of self-care, peer-support, and community are evident for those working in the field. We must attend to our own needs in order to best support the clients and communities that we work with. This workshops series (every other month) will focus on validating the experience of mental health professionals and cultivating vicarious post-traumatic growth – the phenomenon of professionals growing (personally and professionally) as a result of working with clients who have experienced trauma and adversity. These workshops are open to anyone who is a mental health professional (therapists, social workers, supervisors, caseworkers, support staff, administrators, educators, marketers, etc.). Each session will be facilitated by a Phoenix Center staff member employing various experiential group processes to promote peer support, connection, and restoration. Limit of attendees per workshop is 25. Please register to attend each event.

For more information on this workshop and registration please click here!

Previous Peer Support Groups and Workshops at the Phoenix Trauma Center

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Healing the Intersection of Shame and Trauma

Led by Rachel Saccarelli, EH.M, PRS, LE, LMT, Phoenix Center Clinical Intern (she/her/hers) 

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, from 6:00- 7:30 PM via Zoom

Please email Rachel if interested at rachelphoenixtc@gmail.com 

Cost: Pay what you can! (suggested donation, if financially able, $20)

 Shame impacts us for multiple reasons; however, the prime reason shame is so significant in our healing journies is that it glues itself to our identity. Instead of understanding guilt as “something bad happened,” we see ourselves shamefully as “I am bad.” In this workshop, we learn how shame wraps itself into our healing journey and the intersection between shame and trauma. Lastly, we learn and practice strategies to combat shame from within ourselves and when others shame us.

For a full description and more information about registration for this group, click here!


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Counseling While Black: Your Story – A Community Workshop for Black Mental Health Professionals

Led by Lewis Johnson, B.A, Phoenix Center Clinical Intern (he/him/his)

Date and Time: Begins Monday, October 18, 2021. Group will meet every Monday evening from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM (EST) for a 5-week cycle (ending Monday, November 15th) via Zoom.

Cost: Pay what you can! (suggested donation, if financially able, $20)

The purpose of this group is to bring Black mental health professionals together to support each other in the work they do with clients while still coping with the persistent killing, racial profiling, and unjust arrests of Black people that occur every day. As Black mental health professionals, our personal experiences, the news stories on television and social media, and the other imagery shown can create a persistent feeling of stress and anxiety.

Together, we will spend our time delving into our unique stories, discussing the increased awareness by society of the Black experience, and learning to transform our generational and present-day pain into a strength that we can use to empower our work with clients of all backgrounds.

For a full description and more information about registration for this group, click here!

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Visionaries: Immigrant & Refugee Adult Peer Support Group

New dates will be announced soon for 2023. If you are interested in this group, please email maria@phoenixtraumacenter.com

The purpose of this group is to bring together immigrant and refugee adults who need a place to share their personal experiences without having to explain or feel judged by others. We will spend our time focusing on the here and now, learning from each other, and supporting each other to achieve visions for the future.

This group is open to anyone that identifies as an immigrant (regardless of immigration status), refugee, or new citizen. We welcome undocumented, DACA & TPS adults, refugees, and those who have gone through adjustment of status. For full description and more information on this group, click here!

Disclaimer: These are peer support groups for community members, these are not therapy groups. If you are looking for therapy services, please let us know and we can offer services or referrals.

Transforming Burnout: An Experiential Mutual Aid Group for Graduate Social Work Students

Led by Katharine Miller Walsh, CET I

This group is currently inactive.
February 1, 2021, Mondays, 7:00- 8:00 PM (EST on zoom).
Feeling burned out by field, schoolwork, COVID-19, and the state of the world? Join this free support group for graduate social work students. Together, we will attend to the experiences of burnout, compassion fatigue, relational stress, and academic & professional difficulties. This group will meet throughout the spring semester.

For full description and more information on this group, click here!

Parenting Teens: Where’s the playbook?
A Support Group for Moms

This group is currently inactive

Are you struggling with your teenager and feeling at loss with how to parent them? Do you long for more connection with your teen but feel shut out? Do you worry about their well-being and choices they make but aren’t sure how to help? You are not alone. Join this free support group for moms of teens. Together, we will learn tips to navigate parenting through this dynamic stage, connect with other moms and share experiences, expertise, and support in a safe and non-judgmental environment. This group will meet for 5 weeks. For full description and more information on this group, click here!