Volume 6, Issue 1

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Group Services Newsletter
Volume 6, Issue 1
July/August 2014
Genevieve N. Waller, Esq.
Executive Director
Jenny Kennedy
Office Manager
Sherry Lewis, MA, LPC ,CAC II
Director of Therapy and Outreach
Melanie Snipes, LMSW
Director of Crisis Services
Kayce Singletary, MPH, MSW
Community Education Director
Mary Dell Hayes
Development Coordinator
Sarah Nevarez
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Lara Brockwell, LMSW
Sexual Assault Services Coordinator
Lauren Wiest Barbian, LPC-I
Advocate Counselor
Bahiyihh Young, Ed.S.
Underserved Survivor Advocate &
Outreach Coordinator
Amber Hiott, M.Ed, LPC-I
Group Services Coordinator
Prevention Education Coordinator
Baron O’Neal, VSP
Community Advocate and Prevention
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When I was a little girl I dreamed of the day I would be
able to help people. I spent years watching my mother work
as a nurse at a local hospital, and I admired how passionate
she was about the well-being of other people. As I began to
explore my own career options, I knew I wanted to go into a
helping profession as well. And, I eventually decided to
receive my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
from Winthrop University.
As the new Group Services Coordinator here at STSM, I
am excited for this opportunity because it combines two of
my passions—serving survivors of trauma and group
counseling work. I am also thrilled to be able to work with a
dedicated group of volunteers. And, while I have not met all
of you yet, I already know we have some things in common.
Since you volunteer at STSM, I am going to assume that,
like me, you are passionate about helping others. I am going
to assume that you want to make a difference too. And, I
am going to assume that you also believe in STSM’s mission
of advocating and supporting survivors of sexual assault.
As we work together, I am looking
forward to learning more about each of
you. And, I am confident that if we
continue to keep STSM’s mission in
mind we will also continue to deliver
crucial services to survivors in our area.
—Amber Hiott
Message from the
Group Services
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
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Lara Brockwell, LMSW
Sexual Assault Services Coordinator
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
Lara joined STSM as a volunteer in September 2012
and became the Sexual Assault Services Coordinator in
June of 2014. She received her Master’s in Social Work
and Certificate of Drug and Addictions Studies from the
University of South Carolina and her Bachelor’s in Psy-
chology from Mars Hill College. Lara previously in-
terned at SC Department of Juvenile Justice working
with teens in the community, and at the Harriet Hancock Center on the Interperson-
al Violence Task Force. She will focus on bringing awareness of sexual violence to the
community and provide legal advocacy to victims of sexual violence. Lara loves trav-
eling, spending time outdoors, and visiting her hometown of Asheville, NC.
For the past six years Amber has lived in Rock Hill, SC while she
obtained her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and her
Bachelor’s in Psychology from Winthrop University. While enrolled in
her Master’s program she grew personally and professionally, and she
spent one year interning at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical
Center where she offered grief and loss counseling services and led process groups on
the adult and adolescent behavioral health units. She was humbled to receive the
“Emerging Counseling Professional” Award at her program’s end of the year reception.
Since she recently moved to Columbia for this position, she is looking forward to ex-
ploring the area and eventually calling it home. In her spare time, she loves to sew, paint,
travel, and spend time with her loved ones.
Amber Hiott, M.Ed, LPC-I
Group Services Coordinator
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7 Things to Consider
About Your Self-Care
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the community
to identify and prevent sexual violence.
As a valuable member of the STSM team, it is important to us that all our volunteers take care of them-
selves. Read through the following 7 items for tips/ideas for your self-care.
Which items are you already implementing? Which items do you need to practice?
Be aware of what’s on your plate
 Make a list of everything that demands
your time and energy. Areas to con-
sider: Work, Family, Volunteering,
Hobbies, etc.
 Under each category list the main
stressors you see.
 Once the list is made, read it through. Is
there anything that stands out? What
areas are causing the most stress?
Start a Self-Care Idea Collection
 Make a list of things you would like to
do for self-care.
 Ask your friends/coworkers what they
do for self-care. They may have some
ideas you could benefit from!
Find time for yourself. Every day.
 Self-care is not something you do once
a week. Incorporate this in your day-
to-day life.
 Make sure to have at least one thing
you do every day that is replenishing.
Learn to ask for help
 When you are feeling overwhelmed and
your to-do list continues to grow,
remember to ask the people around
you for help.
Have a transition from work to home
 Find a way to shift out of “work mode”.
Examples: Changing into comfortable
clothes when you get home from
work, have a 10 minute quiet period
while driving home, etc.
Learn to say no
 Set limits and boundaries for yourself--
learn when it is okay to say no.
Create a “trauma filter”
 Instead of watching violent shows or
reading news articles that deal with
traumatic current events, find ways to
remove yourself from trauma related
*This list has been adapted from
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STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Join Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands for a FREE day-long training about providing
services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, & intersex (LGBTQI) survivors
of sexual violence.
WHEN : Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
WHERE: Baptist Parkridge Hospital, 400 Palmetto Health Highway Columbia, SC 29212
AUDIENCE: Social workers, Counselors, Law enforcement, Healthcare providers, & other
providers who may interact with LGBTQI survivors of sexual violence
credits. This training is co-sponsored by SCCADVASA.
REGISTRATION: This training is currently full, but we have a waiting list! To be put on this
list contact our Underserved Survivor Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator, Bahiyyih Young.
Reminder: As a Group Facilitator you are responsible for 4
Continuing Education credits per grant year
(July 2014-June 2015)!
At STSM we are so thankful for our
volunteers. We are constantly amazed
by your dedication to providing these
crucial services to survivors in our
service area! Please know that your
hard work and commitment is noticed
and that everyone at STSM is hon-
ored to have you as a volunteer!
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STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
Do you know someone who you think would be a FABULOUS addition to the
STSM team of Group Facilitators? If so, give them the following information
and tell them to contact Amber at!
What is a Volunteer Group Facilitator?
Volunteer Group Facilitators provide psycho-educational and support group
services to survivors of sexual assault and their families. Groups are designed
to serve a variety of populations including female and male survivors, adoles-
cents, and their families.
 Facilitate psycho-educational and support groups using assigned curriculum
 Provide appropriate feedback to group members
 Work effectively with a co-facilitator
 Complete required documentation
 Attend monthly supervision meetings
 You must be a student enrolled in the second year of a graduate program in
counselor education, social work, or human services OR a Master’s level
social worker, psychologist or counselor
 You must complete STSM training and have some knowledge of sexual
assault and abuse
*Our next Group Facilitator Training will be:
February 27th, 28th and March 1st.*
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3830 Forest Drive
Suite 201
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 790-8208
Connect with us
Current Groups
 Morris Village Psycho-Ed
 SisterCare Psycho-ed
 Women’s TREM
Upcoming Groups
 Yoga for Anxiety
 Art Therapy
 Teen TREM
 Parent/Caregiver
 Men’s TREM
 Women’s TREM
Important Reminders!
VOCA Volunteer Log Forms & Monthly Report Forms
 Please turn in these forms to Amber by the first day of the month. (For
example, your logs for August 2014 should be turned in no later than
September 1st, 2014).
 Bring these forms by the office or send them to us in the mail. Please do not
fax these items—we need the originals!
Group Notes/Paperwork
 Group notes and paperwork (attendance sheets, client packets, etc.) are due
three days after your group.
 While transporting forms keep them in a secure place...remember
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
Comments? Questions? Concerns?
For issues regarding locations, paperwork, and/or scheduling conflicts, contact the Group
Services Coordinator—Amber!
For issues regarding clinical issues, such as clients, supervision, etc, contact the Director of
Therapy and Outreach—Sherry!
Next Clinical Group Supervision: September 22nd, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm.
*Please email Amber at if you are unable to attend!

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