It’s Critical: Trauma-Informed Care

In your efforts to continuously improve care being offered to survivors and family members–and anyone suffering from post-traumatic stress–please take a look at how trauma-informed care options are. If you need resources, there are many, but here are a few. Fr. Ken Schmidt has written a wonderful description for The Healing Voices Magazine about trauma-informed… Read More It’s Critical: Trauma-Informed Care

Rosary Beads

Teresa Pitt Green, Founder I carried rosary beads for years after I stopped praying them. I carried rosary beads  even after I made it clear to God we were no longer on speaking terms. Here’s my simple case for why you should too. In therapy, we all face how portions of our young lives were buried… Read More Rosary Beads

You Have Set Us Free:  Scriptural Reflections for Trauma Survivors

Fr. Kenneth W. Schmidt, MA, LPC, NCC St. Catherine of Siena, Portage, Michigan $9.95 paperback, 74 pages, Liturgical Press (November 2, 2016) The goal of You Have Set Us Free is to integrate both spirituality and psychology when dealing with trauma. These two realms of a human’s personhood are profound and have a major influence… Read More You Have Set Us Free:  Scriptural Reflections for Trauma Survivors

Social Media Savvy

Using Social Media to Secure a Future[1] Deacon John Marques de Silva Director, Office of Child Protection Diocese of Arlington, Virginia Most teenagers do not realize that it is common practice for College Admission Counselors (How Online Posts Affect Colleges’ Decisions) and Human Resource professionals (Your digital footprint is ruining your job application) to use the social… Read More Social Media Savvy

Sexting

TEENS AND LAW Sexting Penalties[1] Deacon John Marques de Silva Director, Office of Child Protection Diocese of Arlington, Virginia In northern Virginia, local high schools in 2015 attempted to deal with the issue of sexting. Sexting may be defined as “the act of sending sexually explicit messages, videos or photos electronically, using a cell phone or… Read More Sexting

The Way: Healing Retreat for Adults Survivors of Abuse

Teresa Pitt Green, Founder “The Way” is a unique healing retreat for adult survivors of clergy abuse. “The Way” is offered by the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia. It involves three days of guided meditations and prayer crafted around the Stations of the Cross. Participants move with Christ on a path overcoming dread, confusion, deep hurt,… Read More The Way: Healing Retreat for Adults Survivors of Abuse

Do’s and Don’ts in Survivor Ministry

  Effective Pastoral Care for Adult Survivors of Abuse or Trauma Copyright © T. Pitt Green 2014. Reprinted by Permission. Don’t talk. Listen. Don’t know. Learn. Don’t defend. Acknowledge guilt of abusers and enablers. Don’t minimize. Recognize the burden. Don’t intellectualize. Permit strong feelings. Don’t launch a pep talk. Know if it were possible, we’d… Read More Do’s and Don’ts in Survivor Ministry