Life Skills

The Life Skills Program provides access to important resources and offers survivors an opportunity to develop skills essential to rebuilding one’s life after leaving an abusive and/or violent situation. The program  is available to residents of SafePlace’s Supportive Housing and other SafePlace clients. Classes are held in both English and Spanish and upon completion of the course, a graduation ceremony honors participants. Additionally, elements of the program have informed some of the life skills training services available to residents at Austin Children’s Shelter.

The 16-week Life Skills Program helps clients explore:

  • Self-esteem building
  • Assertiveness
  • Communications skills
  • Conflict management
  • Healthy living
  • Stress management
  • Self-care
  • Parenting
  • Goal setting
  • Money management
  • Building healthy relationships

Since residents of Austin Children’s Shelter are exclusively children and youth, the Life Skills trainings available to these residents are less formal than those available to residents and clients of SafePlace. However, similar and essential life skills trainings are offered to the young residents so they may learn to navigate life successfully and independently. Topics and trainings include:

  • Financial literacy
  • Academic support
  • Job skills training
  • Cooking skills
  • Conflict management
  • Effective communication
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-care
  • Healthy relationships
  • Time management
  • Self-esteem building
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