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14 Guidepost Programme
For those who would like to work through issues of loss and trauma we use a proven 14 Guidepost Programme The programme is developed from the former USA Victims of Choice's Abortion Recovery Programme and is a person-centred holistic approach to healing after abortion/termination, or any pregnancy-baby loss experience. The Hope for the Hurting: 14 Guidepost Programme is based on the training Carolina Gnad has provided as part of the P.A.T.H.S. Seminars over the past twenty years.
Outline of the ProgrammeGuidepost 1: Engagement and storying
Therapeutic alliance, assessment, preparation
Guidepost 2: Pre-pregnancy
Historical context, development and functioning
Guidepost 3: The pregnancy
Relationship, circumstances, emotions and reactions
Guidepost 4: The decision
Decision-making process, influences and pressures
Guidepost 5: The event
Recollection of the abortion/termination day
Guidepost 6: Adjustment
Impacts and coping afterwards
Guidepost 7: Hurts
Nature of hurts, addressing hurts
Guidepost 8: Anger
Feeling angry and working with anger
Guidepost 9: Judgements
Anatomy of a judgement, specific judgments
Guidepost 10: Possible victimhood
Victim-like behaviour, invitation to change
Guidepost 11: Guilt
Types of guilt, resolving guilt
Guidepost 12: Forgiveness
Unforgiveness and a process of forgiveness
Guidepost 13: Continuing bonds
Maternal bond and remembrance
Guidepost 14: Moving forward
Review, celebrate, and new directions
The important thing is the process of unpacking what happened, and what that has meant for you. Counselling after an abortion is about discovering what is most significant in the experience for you. It is about confronting the reality of the loss(es). It is about seeing the bigger picture of who was involved and how it came about. Self awareness and tuning into feelings is necessary to journey through the grief. Feeling supported to deal with aspects of trauma is vital. This may seem daunting. However, all that is needed is finding the courage to take the first step.
Reaching out for help is not easy and opening up to someone about such a personal experience can be painful. Some people just need to share their story and feel heard, others want to go through the in-depth programme of healing. P.A.T.H.S. counsellors aim to respond to your individual needs.
Reaching out for help - hard but good.
the first step to speak to someone was not an easy one as it meant to
me that I was no longer in control of myself as I needed to seek help.
Despite this I knew what needed to be done.
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