Moving Ahead Positively - Navigating Trauma work shelter and beyond (積極前行—從創傷工作庇護所航向未來)

11/06/2019 - 11:15 to 11/06/2019 - 12:45
Proposal(Workshop / Presentation)
Coordinating organization: 
Womankind (formerly New York Asian Women's Center)
New Methods in Shelter Management and Social Work
Organization Name: 
Womankind (formerly New York Asian Women's Center) (世界女性中心(前身為紐約亞裔婦女中 心))
Organization Introduction: 
Womankind works with survivors of gender-based violence to rise above trauma and build a path to healing. Over three and a half decades, Womankind has been providing trauma-informed services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking to the diverse pan-Asian community. Our services are multilingual and culturally-responsive. But our services are also equally valuable for the many non-Asians, the men and boys, and members of the LGBTQ community we serve. Assistance is offered through all stages of life, from childhood to elder years. For those whose lives have been impacted by violence, Womankind helps them move forward from isolation to connectedness, from surviving to thriving.
Proposer: avictor2018
Describe your workshop/presentation (300-500 words): 
This presentation will focus on introducing Womankind model of practice - Moving Ahead Positively (MAP) and explain how MAP is reflected and practiced In working with survivors of gender based violence across the lifespan, experiencing various forms of violence: domestic violence, sexual violence; and human trafficking. MAP is survivor-centered, trauma-informed, culturally appropriate and evidence-informed.

MAP is Womankind’s philosophy has developed with insight from survivors that we have worked with over the past 3 decades. This model fluid, changing based on the voices of survivors we serve informing us of how to best to assist them. We believe that survivors have their own path to recovery and healing. Family and support networks are also grappling with their own understanding of the traumatic experience(s) and need as much support in navigating trauma. Most survivors wish to transcend trauma and put suffering behind them. Womankind sees “transcending trauma” as a pathway to recovery from trauma. Transcending is rising above and beyond trauma, on an individualized path to healing. Womankind honors the request of survivors by focusing on the present and helping survivors and their families to build for the future
The presentation on Womankind’s Residential Programs, focuses on how MAP plays out within a shelter setting from programming to developing policies and procedures that promote and foster healing, anchored in the concept of partnership. We walk participants through the objectives of the Residential program like maintaining and enhancing not only physical, but also emotional safety to navigate life after leaving the abuse. Additionally, we will explore various group events and a wide range of body-mind-spirit activities we engage in to build a community- lens that emphasizes healing. In being an organization that predominantly works with a diverse Asian community in the US, we recognize the added layer of historical and racial trauma that our survivors are navigating so our programming and policies account for this. Womankind’s programming follows survivors past shelter stays to support wraparound services as survivors and families re-enter the community. We will utilize case studies and immersive simulations to support walking through our model and programming, along with our lesson learned, from shelter stay into a life post shelter.

Womankind further acknowledges that in engaging in work our advocates, in every capacity within the agency have taken an active stance to fight for the rights of survivors. Participants additionally learn about ways the organization, within this model, created support systems for our staff to account for the ripple effects of trauma within a helping relationship. We explore polices and programming like our “Commitment Statement on Survivorship” and our self-care committee that seek to enrich overall wellbeing of our staff and client community.
All Speakers:
Su Young Jung
Su Young Jung is the Associate Director of Community Programs at Womankind where provides services to survivors of gender-based violence across the life span. Ms. Jung oversees the direct client services at Womankind in three community sites and two specialized programs and their service provision including STAR (children and youth) and Later in Life (Senior) programs. Ms. Jung began her career in the field of anti-violence against women in 2010 and joined Womankind as a counselor advocate in 2012. Ms. Jung held a number of positions at Womankind and has been tirelessly advocating for survivors. Ms. Jung has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Minor in Child Development, and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from City College of New York and a Master of Public Administration from SIPA at Columbia University.
Shan Huang
Shan Huang works as the Associate Director of the Residential Programs at Womankind. After graduating from University of Georgia with a MPA degree in 2013, Shan joined Womankind family. From directly supporting the survivors of gender-based violence to overseeing the daily operations of emergency shelters, Shan has always been committed to empowering, advocating, motivating and encouraging resilience. Shan speaks both Mandarin and English. By working extensively with people of different ethnicities, religions, and cultures, Shan has deepened her drive to help improve the quality of life for individuals. In her free time, Shan is a foodie, and enjoys hot yoga and swimming.