E Diane Champé Institute promises to promote community, connection and wellness for adult survivors of child abuse and neglect when they are guests in our Center. Our program SERVE Zone (Safety, Education, Resources, Validation, & Empowerment) provides the opportunities for survivors to learn, practice and develop relational, communication, and other life skills in a relaxing, safe environment.
Instead of employing the medical model of categorizing people’s behaviors into various diagnoses, EDCI employees and volunteers interact with its guests based on the principles of Trauma-Informed Care, which recognizes that survivors’ behaviors are adaptations to their personal trauma history.
Our guests’ need for respect, acknowledgement, and information about what is happening to or around them in their environment is our highest priority. As guests experience safety within our Center, EDCI believes they are able to gradually move toward a widening sphere of engagement with their peers and become empowered individuals.
EDCI provides a safe haven in a friendly environment that fosters learning, sharing, developing of friendships and ultimately healing. The primary objectives of SERVE Zone are:
- Help guests feel less isolated
- Experience social acceptance and a sense of belonging
- Learn life skills
- Experience a safe environment
- Allow exploration of new hobbies or other interests
- Learn to laugh and enjoy themselves
This unique concept of having neighborhood centers for survivors to congregate, socialize, and gain life skills training on building a healthy lifestyle, will provide much needed support in their recovery process.
EDCI does not provide any type of clinical psychotherapy or self-help groups. We believe these are valuable resources and are happy to provide our guests with referrals; we just don't believe in duplicating community resources. We provide a place to promote community, connection and wellness; that is our promise.
A Compassionate Approach
Adult survivors of child abuse and neglect isolate and remain stuck in self-defeating and often harmful coping behaviors. SERVE Zone addresses these needs by helping survivors move from a shame based, self-critical form of functioning to a socially interactive learning environment with trained Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) staff and volunteers.
When using the traditional mental health service paradigm, each profession has its own view of the individual (otherwise known as a client or patient) and his/her problem; the focus is on the presenting symptoms, and the individual is attributed either too little or too much responsibility. The individual is asked, “What is your problem?” The primary goals are generally stabilization and/or reduced symptoms.
When using the Trauma-Informed Care paradigm, the individual is viewed as an integrated, whole person; symptoms are understood as not only problems but as adaptations in order to cope and survive; and there is an appropriate allocation of responsibility. The client is asked, “What happened to you?” Trauma-Informed Care builds on the core values of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment. EDCI expands the principles of TIC and refers to clients as guests.
By utilizing Trauma-Informed Care in our Center, we believe survivors of child abuse and neglect will improve their interpersonal functioning and increase their stability and self-sufficiency.