The Chrysalis Program
Here at BTSF, we are dedicated to helping our community end violence against all genders. Through our workshops in The Chrysalis Program, we inspire participants to take control of their lives. We empower survivors by providing education; investing in their futures and helping break the cycle of abuse.
BTSF, in partnership with Family Bridges USA, offers the workshops below to all our participants. Please note that other workshops are currently in development. Please contact us for a complete list of workshops.
Domestic Abuse in the Family
BTSF offers support groups and workshops on how to identify and prevent domestic abuse. In this domestic abuse workshop, we cover a variety of topics, including counseling, filling out orders of protection documents, and court appearances to advocate on behalf of victims of abuse. Our support group offers each individual the opportunity to share their story as part of the healing process. Each session is held in a respectful and confidential environment where everyone is supported. Many of our participants even develop into mentors for new support groups. Additionally, we offer referrals to other agencies and professionals, depending on the case.
Stress Management & Conflict Resolution
The goals of this workshop are as follows:
- Teach the definition of a balanced life by explaining the components involved and the importance of such balance.
- Define stress and explain the notion of accumulative stress and its danger.
- Explain the positive and negative effects of stress.
- Teach people to recognize high levels of stress by monitoring their bodies, emotions, and actions.
- Teach people coping techniques to help manage their stress levels.
- Introduce examples of behavioral modification techniques and positive goal setting to help people deal effectively with stress.
The PICK Program — Premarital Interpersonal Choices & Knowledge
The PICK Program (aka "how to avoid falling in love with a jerk/jerkette") is a five-session curriculum taught by our certified instructors. Each session is based on a two-hour teaching timeframe but is designed to be adapted to many different timeframes and group settings.
The program is an elaboration of the Relationship Attachment Model (RAM) and can easily be divided into two major sections: the head and the heart. Session 1 is an overview of the RAM that explains the importance of building safe relationships while knowing what to look for in a dating partner.
Session 2 and 3 develop the five key areas to explore in a partner in order to have an accurate understanding of what that person would be like in a long-term relationship. This is referred to as "head knowledge" in the RAM.
The last two sessions, 4 and 5, explain the "heart knowledge" of the RAM, i.e., the dynamics of trust, reliance, commitment, and physical touch.
We are currently developing a self-defense class for our domestic violence workshop participants.
Master martial arts instructor, Blas Hernandez, will conduct this training.