How the Program Works
Survival Skills for Women™ consists of a series of 10 workshop
topics that have been carefully selected and tested to impart the
practical skills necessary for managing life and preparing for employment.
For each workshop, participants receive a workbook containing important
information and activities to support the retention of new behaviors.
Activities emphasize self assessment, practice, peer-peer interaction,
and group problem-solving.
Participants plan and discuss ways to use the new knowledge and
skills outside the workshop, thus making real world application
of what was learned. This may be as simple as reading food labels
in the grocery store to determine fat content or as complex as pursuing
a legal matter such as establishing child custody.
Learning is measured by a simple pre-test/post-test procedure for
each workshop and the review of homework assignments, called "practice
projects." Practice projects allow participants to document
how the skills were practiced in their real world.
Each workshop series is conducted by a specially-trained facilitator
who serves as a role model and guide. Facilitators work from a scripted
manual and use prepared SSW materials.