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Ivory Garden Mission Statement:
Ivory Garden strives to provide support to survivors and those who support survivors, as well as raising public and professional awareness of the effects of childhood trauma:
1). Provide international forums, and chat rooms where folks who live with the effects of childhood trauma, as well as families, friends, mental health professionals, educators and other supporters can meet, share experiences, and find valid resources in safe and respectful environments.
2). Provide educational materials and opportunities to survivors of childhood trauma in order to further understand and promote healing.
3) Provide educational opportunities to those who support survivors of childhood trauma including: family, friends, mental health professionals, educators, and other interested parties.
4). Provide other needed services in support of the Mission, as determined by the Board of Directors of Ivory Garden.
What we offer for survivors of childhood trauma, clinicans, and their supporters:
International, Annual Trauma and Dissociation Conferences:
Ivory Garden is proud to again be hosting the Trauma and Dissociation Conference this year. Last year's conference successfully demonstrated how important education is to trauma survivors, clinicians, and supporters. We all left the conference 'changed' by the event and looking forward to this year's conference being held Ocober 16th-18th, 2015.
Ivory Garden Discussion Forums:
Ivory Garden DID Support Group (IGDID). .
If you have dissociative identity disorder or any dissociative disorder, you will find this discussion group not only professionally run, but also a place to discuss daily experiences, make new friends, learn about dissociation and trauma, have some fun, chat with peers, and a home where you are always welcome. Also known as IGDID, this group is well moderated discouraging the gossip and drama found on so many other boards. Guidelines 'are' enforced making this a comfortable and supportive place to come. We are now 8 years old with an impeccable history of professionalism - well-known for being a community where members are treated kindly and welcomed. Discussion is 'open' and the focus is always on respect and validation of members.
Ivory Garden Clinician Discussion Forum.
This forum is a part of Ivory Garden DID Support Group, private to clinicians.
Ivory Garden Supporter Discussion Forum.
This forum is a part of Ivory Garden DID Support Group, private to supporters.
Ivory Garden Home Website:
This home website offers articles, which are updated often; survivor stories, written by Ivory Garden members and survivors; artwork, done by members and survivors; prose, including short stores, books; poetry; and information about upcoming events, newsletter, webinars, store, and a variety of other information.
Ivory Garden Live Chat Rooms:
Our chat rooms have the option of text, audio, and video. There are several rooms. Each of the communities has access to the chat rooms. There are regular chat activities including: educational topics of discussion, littles chats, karaoke, group games, teen-talk, webinars, and other activities.
Newsletters: We provide newsletter - for each community as well as one newsletter for all communities.
A wide range of articles are included both here and on the site of each community. These are constantly being updated.
Members contribute artwork regularly.
Personal Stories, poetry, and other prose:
These are found throughout this site an on each community. Most are contributed by our members.
Webinars: Educational and tutorial - these vary according to interest and availability of presenters. We announce webinars on our websites and on our discussion boards.
Enjoy, heal, and learn:
We provide these communities, actives, and information in order to promote understanding the affects that trauma has on survivors as well as healing and comradery. And to give folks a place to feel at home - to meet others and discuss in safe environments. We understand that reaching out through the internet can be scary. Our discussion forums are adequately staffed and we are always available to help. We want all to enjoy being a part of Ivory Garden.
The very best to you,
President, Ivory Garden
Pat Goodwin, MA
President, Ivory Garden Nonprofit Corporation
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