A CSDP Community: A group of people who have had the same or similar adverse life experience or a peer group... people who are in the best possible position to hear and understand each other.

Examples of communities that benefit from the CSDP:

  • Veterans
  • Women who have experienced sexual abuse
  • Men who have experienced sexual abuse
  • People who have experienced discrimination
  • Refugees
  • Survivors of domestic violence
  • Suicidal veterans
  • People who have experienced a natural disaster, e.g. tsunami, earthquake, hurricane
  • Victims of human trafficking
  • People who have experienced workplace abuse
  • High school students
  • Survivors of childhood abuse
  • First responders
  • Helping professionals experiencing vicarious trauma
  • People who have experienced the criminal justice system
  • People who have escaped from cults
  • Perpetrators of crimes

Etc. etc. etc.  ...the list is long, the possibilities are endless.

We speak to each other in emotional shorthand.
— A program participant