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A Door of Hope

Peer Facilitator Virtual Training

“Hope still wins, but it often has scraped knees because it keeps moving forward.”       Jo Saxton

Perhaps you are– or were- married to someone struggling with problematic sexual behaviors. Later, you received help from a therapist, coach, mentor, or  joined a partner group. One step at a time you kept moving forward.

And now?

You feel ready to join the always-redemptive-work of Christ by facilitating a partner's group.  And while you feel ready, you also recognize the need for further training.


ADOH training experience

The ADOH workbook is the foundation for the training, and successfully completing the training requires completing all exercises in the workbook.

Session One Preparing for the ADOH Peer Facilitator Training Experience

Learning Objective: Participants will be able to describe the “Four R’s of Trauma-informed Care”, “Guiding principles of trauma-informed recovery”, types, of trauma, including childhood, the “Window of Tolerance/4Fs of trauma responses,  and how to tell their stories from a trauma-informed recovery model.

Session Two Introduction: The way out is through   

Learning Objective Participants will be able to describe a) how trauma may impact faith/beliefs, b) an overview of the life of faith journey, c) precipitating factors leading to spiritual distress, and d) steps to help move through the crisis of faith.


Session Three 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.


Session Four 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.

Session Five 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.


Session Six Module Four: Moving toward 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.

Session Seven 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.

Session Eight 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.

Session Nine 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.

Session Ten 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.

Session Eleven 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.


A shift in perspectives

Creating a group culture where those who experienced betrayal trauma are more likely to move forward becoming trauma-informed. In doing so, we shift our perspective from "What's wrong with her" to "What happened to her, what's her story?"


In her book, Trauma+Grace, Theology in A Ruptured World, Serene Jones shares her introduction into understanding trauma through her relationship with a new church member. Take a few minutes to watch the video where Esther, an ADOH community member and experienced coach, presents the introduction.

As you watch the video, notice what you are feeling. 

Who do you identify with most (Leah - or the author?) Why?

Creating a safe group culture where partners can move forward in their healing journeys is complex, requiring facilitators to balance the needs of individuals and the group as a whole. 

Using a variety of approaches, the interactive sessions build an awareness of the scope and responsibilities of the facilitator role, while experiencing a sense of 'Yes, this is what a safe partner's group feels' like!"


Those visiting ADOH website do so for a number of reasons. Some arrive already knowing they want to move ahead with training. Others visit because they've been referred and want more information about what the training covers. By far, most who visit arrive by referrals from those who've completed the training.

Kristin and Julie's thoughts about the training reflect

two of ADOH's core values: collaborating and partnering.


The ADOH training is intense and comprehensive. During a pre-training interview, applicants discover their commitment to the training experience will include completing the ADOH workbook, actively engaging during the sessions, and engaging in the temporary private training Facebook group.

Other requirements include investing both emotional and physical time and space: A private area, no interruptions, secure, reliable internet access.

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 training cost is $250 per person, and includes the training workbook, coach-led training, support throughout the training experience, and the opportunity to join the private ADOH alumni  Facebook group.


Once you complete the steps above and notified your acceptance into the training experience, when registration for a training opens, you may make your $250 payment via PayPal by clicking the button below or via Venmo by emailing me for details.

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ADOH Peer Facilitator Certification

Those who ADOH peer facilitator training requirements and complete the post-training certification pathway may be eligible to apply for peer facilitator certification (ADOH PFC) through C-SASI.


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

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