TRA offers three programs that are designed to assist the recovery of adults who have been affected by childhood abuse and neglect. They are Healthy Living Skills, Healing ACT, and The Trauma Recovery Program.
TRA offers all of its local programs free of charge to the participants thanks to generous donors and foundations who support TRA’s work.
We know that childhood abuse and neglect can have serious and long-lasting consequences. Some people who have experienced trauma when they were children do not know there’s a link between the difficulties that they experience later in life and what happened when they were growing up. Our programs help people to recognize and understand that connection.
They can also believe “it’s always been this way” and that they can never get better. But that’s not true! We teach skills that individuals can use on their own to help their recovery. We show how thinking, feeling, and acting are all connected and influence each other — either in healthy or unhealthy ways. We teach a variety of “tools” that they can use when they need them so that they can live a healthier and more satisfying life.
Once you contact us to sign up for a group your name and contact information will be placed on our group list. You will be informed when groups are scheduled, so that you can choose one that fits your schedule.
Before starting a group, you will be expected to participate in an interview so we can learn more about you, and you can learn about the program and ask questions.
Some of TRA’s programs are also part of a research effort, so you will be invited to participate in surveys at the beginning and the end of the group. You can participate in the program even if you decide not to participate in the confidential research.
In order to show that our programs are effective and make a difference, we conduct research to compare participants’ responses before and after the program. Our research is conducted by Dr. Jennifer Foster, a professor at Western Michigan University in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology.
The research is conducted in accordance with national norms for research involving human subjects. It is absolutely confidential — the survey responses go directly to a software program at the university with no personal identifying information, only a code number.
Of course! We will be pleased to receive donations so we can continue to provide programs that are free for participants, while supporting the administrative costs to run an agency and its professional services. You can mail your donation to Trauma Recovery Associates, 1608 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 or click here to make an online donation.