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The Insieme Experience: Transitioning Women from Victim to Victor

San Francisco State University recreation, parks and tourism faculty are partnering with Insieme Ranch, LLC and the Lake County Family Resource Center (LCFRC) to provide a much-needed intervention program for domestic abuse survivors during the critical post-crisis time for survivors of domestic violence and their children between recovery and wellness, which will take place over eight days in a wilderness setting.

LCFRC, which has provided statistical data that justify the need for evidence-based intervention programs (i.e., an outdoor experiential curriculum), will provide the clientele for the pilot study.

Currently, the research partners are employing a community-based participatory research model to develop instruments for data collection. Undergraduate students spent a full semester working on intervention and leisure oriented programs that will be incorporated into The Insieme Experience: Transitioning Women from Victim to Victor curriculum. Graduate students will work with community partners to develop. It is clearly understood, from continual communication and feedback on meeting agency expectations and client needs, that each step in the research process reflects the expertise and mutual collaboration of the partners.

The anticipated benefits of the project are greater resilience for survivors of domestic violence and their children, as well as new connections created with other survivors. SFSU students will be exposed to experiential learning techniques through research, program development, implementation, and evaluation. Faculty will build stronger collaborations, incorporate experiential learning techniques in the classroom, and ultimately provide much-needed evidence-based intervention programs for domestic violence shelters

Contacts:
Asuncion Suren, Recreation, Parks and Tourism
San Francisco State University
asuren@sfsu.edu

Pavlina Latkova, Recreation, Parks and Tourism
San Francisco State University
latkova@sfsu.edu

Co-researchers:
Gloria Flaherty, Executive Director, Lake County Resource Center
Flora Krasnovsky, Insieme Ranch, LLC

Key words: experiential education, outdoor education, women, domestic violence, child development, graduate students

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Judy Botelho
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Last Updated: May 06, 2016