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Ramapo College welcomes HealingSPACE to Campus

As of the Spring 2020 semester, the services of YWCA Northern New Jersey healingSPACE, Bergen County’s only Sexual Violence Resource Center, are available on campus for students.

Contact information:
Office Location: The Lodge Room 123, College Park Apartments (CPA)
Phone: To schedule an appointment with a confidential HealingSPACE counselor, please call the 24/7 HealingSPACE hotline at: (201) 487-2227 and say that you are a Ramapo student.

healingSPACE’s Mission and Services:

  • healingSPACE is a safe and welcoming place for survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones.
  • healingSPACE’s 24/7 crisis intervention hotline (available at: (201) 487-2227) is staffed by Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates provides free assistance. Support, information, and referrals are available to anyone who has been affected by sexual violence, whether it happened hours or years ago.
  • Trained advocates provide individual counseling, facilitate support groups, and accompany survivors through medical, legal, and other proceedings associated with sexual violence.
  • At the healingSPACE satellite office at Ramapo College, staff provide individual counseling sessions for students who have been affected by sexual violence, in addition to prevention education programs in cooperation with the Office for Violence Prevention.
  • To schedule a therapy session or a meeting with one of our staff members, please call the healingSPACE hotline at (201) 487-2227. When connected, state that you are a Ramapo College student looking to utilize our satellite office services.

healingSPACE Staff at Ramapo College:

Aliza Kaplan, LSW, healingSPACE Clinician

Aliza Kaplan, LSW, healingSPACE Clinician

 

Aliza Kaplan, LSW

healingSPACE Clinician

(She/hers/herself)

Aliza writes:

“My safe space is the beach, I am a certified zumba instructor and an amateur photographer. I am passionate about helping my clients reach their goals and find inner peace.”

Favorite quote: “When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary” – Fred Rogers.  

 

 

Summer McSpirit

Summer McSpirit, healingSPACE Education & Prevention Specialist

 

Summer McSpirit

healingSPACE Education & Prevention Specialist

(she/her/hers/they/them/theirs)

Summer writes:

“I am a lover of animals and nature, and I’m also a reiki healer & tarot card reader! As a two-time sexual assault survivor, I love using tarot and reiki to help other survivors find healing. I have three dogs, a cat, and three chickens at home; one of my dogs is named after Guy Fieri.”

 

What to do if you have been sexually assaulted:

  • Get to a safe place.
  • Contact someone who can help you and call the healingSPACE hotline at 201-487-2227.
  • Do not shower, drink or eat, douche, or change your clothes. These activities destroy important evidence in the event that you decide to prosecute the assailant.
  • Get medical attention. You may have hidden injuries and may want to explore options for preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.
  • Write down everything that you remember happening, with as much detail as possible. This can help with your own healing process and in any legal action you might decide to take. 

For more information, visit ywcannj.org/healingspace or get the healingSPACE phone app from your app store.

How can you support a survivor you know?

  • Listen to them, believe them, and validate their experiences. Let them know that any way they are feeling right now is normal, and don’t try to fix their feelings or make them go away.
  • Discuss their options with them. Let a survivor know they have options to report to the police, to seek counseling, to receive medical attention, or get a rape kit collected.
  • Avoid making the survivor’s decision for them. They have already had their choice taken away from them once before. You can empower them by putting all decisions about their body back into their hands.

For more information, visit ywcannj.org/healingspace or get the healingSPACE phone app from your app store.

healingSPACE FAQ:

Are healingSPACE services confidential?
All healingSPACE services are completely confidential, and conversations had in counseling sessions or over the hotline will remain confidential (unless we are informed of instances of child abuse, elder abuse, or we have reason to believe you may harm yourself or someone else). Our office is conveniently located in the CPA Lodge in order to provide privacy to survivors.

Do I need to have insurance to access healingSPACE services?
healingSPACE services are completely free and you do not need insurance to access them.