A Door of Hope

Peer Facilitator Virtual Training

Designed from a trauma-informed approach, the workbook and training cover the necessary skills, knowledge and practices critical for facilitating partner groups.


With a foundational understanding of the sexually betrayed partner experience, it equips peer facilitators to build safe communities where partners can move forward in their healing journeys.


The workbook content can also serve as a ‘standard of care’ guideline, helping facilitators make informed decisions when choosing a workbook (or topics) for their group focus.

ADOH workbook content

Introduction:  The way out is through   
Learning Objective: Participants will describe a) an overview of the life of faith journey, b) where a crisis of faith experience fits within it, and c) steps to help move through the crisis.
Module One: The significance of peer facilitator training   
Learning Objective: Participants will a) describe why ADOH facilitator training is significant for both them and the women who become part of their groups, b) the importance of assessing their readiness to facilitate partner groups, and c) identify goals and action steps post training.
Module Two: The peer facilitator’s self-awareness
Learning Objective: Participants will describe a) self-awareness, b) its importance and significance in effectively fulfilling the peer facilitator role, and c) practices leading to increased self-awareness.
Module Three: Peer facilitator role and principles
Learning Objective: Participants will a) give an overview of how effectively fulfilling the peer facilitator role can help meet the partner’s complex needs within the small group experience, and b) the connection between peer facilitator principles and effectively fulfilling the demands of the role.
Module Four: Mastering facilitator skills
Learning Objective: Participants will list and describe essential facilitator skills, and why continually moving toward mastering them leads to creating and maintaining safe group experiences.
Module Five: Navigating group dynamics and stages
Learning Objective: Participants will a) give a synopsis of small group theory and group stages, b) describe possible partner’s behaviors during each stage, and c) appropriate/effective peer facilitator assessments, actions, and responses.effective peer facilitator responses.
Module Six: Creating a group structure
Learning Objective: Through strategic planning, participants will create a group structure model that increases safety for members while participating in peer facilitator-led groups – whether face-to-face within their local church or community, online or phone.
Module Seven: Confidentiality, legal obligations to report and referrals
Learning Objective: Participants will a) describe the importance and value of creating and communicating policies and procedures related to confidentiality, legal obligations to report and b) when/how to refer to a clinician and/or certified life coach or other appropriate professional services.
Module Eight: Crisis theory
Learning Objective:  Participants will describe a) the different types of crises, b) the connection between crisis and trauma, and c) give an overview of steps leading to successful crisis resolution.
Module Nine: Putting it all together! What next
Learning Objective:  Participants will a) give an overview of the Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model (MPTM)  b) describe effective facilitator practices during emotionally-charged group experiences, c) define vicarious trauma, how to recognize its symptoms and integrate a self-care plan, and d) revisit and adapt initial goals/action steps.

Bringing hope through peer led partner groups

Perhaps you were – or are - married to, or in a committed relationship with, someone struggling with problematic sexual behaviors. Hopefully, you already participated in a safe and empowering partner group. One step at a time you worked from victim to survivor and are thriving again.

And now?


You feel ready to join the always-redemptive-work of Christ who binds up our wounds by leading a partner's group in or through your local church.  And while you feel ready, you also recognize the need for further training, to be equipped as a wounded healer to help other women move forward in their healing journeys.


As an experienced trainer and life coach, Donna Meredith Dixon offers training and ongoing support based on the A Door Of Hope: Peer Facilitator Training workbook.


Group training options

  • Eleven weekly, two-hour sessions on location, or virtual.

  • Four-day (22 hours) in-person training

Each training option includes

  • Interactive, instructional and experiential learning to enhance competence and confidence.

  • Case study presentations and role-play to help build skills

  • Opportunity to join a secret Facebook community for Door of Hope trained facilitators: sharing experiences, asking questions and receiving peer feedback.

Is this the time for you to take your next step?

If you are wondering whether the ADOH training experience is your next step, consider how far you already are in your recovery journey. Remembering what you already overcame will serve you well as a peer facilitator since it strengthens your courage to help you move through fear to the life that is ahead for you..

If interested in scheduling an interview, complete the "Peer Facilitator Interest Survey"

on the menu bar above.

Taking that first step - let's connect!

I would love to talk with you. To help start that conversation, please complete the Peer Facilitator Interest Survey located on the drop down on the Peer Facilitator menu above. After I receive the completed survey, I will contact you at your noted preferred time.

The cost for online group training is $200 per person, which includes coach-led training, support between sessions, and the opportunity to participate in an online secret Facebook group with other DOH trained facilitators. The cost for 'on location' training is discussed prior to scheduling.  If this seems like the time for you, that you will be able to complete the work in-between sessions, engage fully in each session, please do not let cost be a deterrent. Let's talk.

During our conversation

Because the training requires a commitment of both time and work in between group sessions, this conversation is critical in helping you understand what the training includes, assess whether this is the

right time for you to begin training.

Peer Facilitator Application

After our initial conversation, if you decide to register for the next training, I will ask you to complete the Peer Facilitator Application also located on the drop down on the Facilitator menu above.

Once registered you may make your $200 payment via Paypal here.

ADOH Peer Facilitator Certification

Those who complete ADOH peer facilitator training and the post-training pre-certification application process are 

eligible to peer facilitator certification through C-SASI.

C-SASI (Christian Sex Addiction Specialists International) are long-time leaders in the sex addiction and partner trauma education fields.

ADOH training alumni: After notifying me of your interest in  certification, you will complete a ADOH Peer Facilitator certification application, located on the drop

down on the Peer Facilitator menu above.

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©2019  Donna Meredith Dixon 


Donna Meredith Dixon, CLC, CPSAS,  APSATS  trained

Board member Christian Sex Addiction Specialists International (C-SASI)