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The Morris Center’s program for healing from child abuse

An international self-help support-group program.

The program is designed specifically for adult survivors of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse or neglect.


Introduction, background, and FAQ.

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Find a group meeting, learn how to get started, take a meeting tour, and listen to an excerpt from a sample meeting.

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ASCA manuals, books, handouts, and articles for survivors, group meetings, and co-facilitators.

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Links to outside resources, including articles, books, and websites.

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  • ASCA Co-facilitator Training

    The next training session will be held on two Saturdays, September 9 and 16, 2023. To learn more about the ASCA meeting co-facilitator role, please see the co-facilitator training manual on the materials page. Contact us to register and to receive additional training materials. The training will be online using Zoom.

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  • Monthly Book Group

    The focus of this ASCA group is to assist adult survivors of child abuse to become thrivers through the study of particular self-help books. For details, see the Sunday 5–6:30 p.m. “Book Group” meeting in the list of online meetings.

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  • Soul Survivors: Paperback

    November 2022: The new paperback version of Soul Survivors, 2nd edition is available at Lulu Press, Inc. for $24.95—half goes to The Morris Center.

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  • Soul Survivors: eBook

    The eBook version of Soul Survivors, 2nd edition (2014) is available at Amazon, specially priced at $5.99.

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  • Video Recording

    May 2022: Dr. J. Patrick Gannon, who is a co-founder of ASCA, and Karen Mills—a volunteer with The Morris Center and a co-facilitator for ASCA Santa Clarita—discuss ASCA with staff from the UCSF Trauma Recovery Center, which provides healing services for survivors of interpersonal violence.

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  • Video Recording

    April 2021: Clinical and performance psychologist Dr. J. Patrick Gannon and Bo Smith present ASCA, a self-help program, to Haruv USA, which is an international training institute in the field of child maltreatment.

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