In early 2016, after completing the first of two field study training cohorts I already understood I would learn much from amazing, compassionate woman during our group training experience. Since then, we began organically co-creating an “oh thank you God” eclectic international community. We're culturally diverse, women in our 20s through 70s, married, separated, or divorced, across the spectrum of the Christian faith with a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds, interests, gifts, skills, passions, perspectives, values, and beliefs ... with each of us bringing our traumatic AND in-recovery, healing stories.
Together we're co-creating a post-training community to help us continue growing as trauma-informed peer facilitator through webinars, by offering support and sharing resources, as well as sharing what’s being offered through the ministries and organizations by those connected to ADOH.
In today's post, I'll highlight some opportunities reflecting two ADOH core values: collaborating and connecting.
SILS April 28 - 30 2022
When I attended SILS' first Summit in 2018, I met others with similar values in a grace-filled setting with ample opportunities to give and receive feedback, stretch, and grow. That approach brought me back in 2021 when C-SASI (where I serve as a board member) co-hosted the Summit, and we are doing so again this year.
The Summit's structure and content is designed for:
Pastors, church staff, and lay leaders seeking direction for creating strategic engagement on sexuality in their church.
Christian ministry leaders seeking cross-training and connection with other professionals working in the trenches.
Counselors, therapists, coaches, and mentors interested in professional development and networking with other Christian leaders.
Summit location: Grace Church 2695 Creve Coeur Mill Rd Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Early Bird Registration ($229) ends February 1 2022 Registration https://sexualintegrityleaders.com Plenary speakers and breakout presenters will cover a range of relevant topics. For breakout presenters and topics click here: The breakout learning tracks
Right around the corner...
I love confidently recommending well-facilitated, groups to those seeking help with sexual betrayal recovery/healing. I'm confident they will provide safe, trauma-informed support to help partners move forward. So I'm honored to share some events happening 'right around the corner'. I've met each of these incredible leaders through their participation in the ADOH peer facilitator training experience, our community, as well as in other professional settings.
Valentines Support Event
February 3, 7:00 - 9:00 pm EST
Valentines Day can be challenging for betrayed women to navigate. Join my colleagues, APSATS coaches Lyschel Burket and Bonny Burns, for a LIVE event discussing triggers, how to celebrate being in love when you don’t like him, and grief. This event is FREE, a donation of $25 to help support Hope Redefined with scholarship and funding needs appreciated. You will receive a donation link via email to link arms with us in this way upon RSVP: Click here to register
Be Your Own Valentine
Wednesday, February 9
My colleague, APSATS coach Gaelyn Rae Emerson (Women Ever After), offers two different session start times (2 pm ET and 9 pm ET) to accommodate women across multiple time zones. "Each session will be an intimate, interactive, 'open-house style' sharing environment, designed to offer each participant an opportunity to connect with others who are facing similar trauma—celebrating the love we nurture within ourselves and between one another." Participants must register by clicking here.
Sarah Society Inaugural Partner Retreat!
During the retreat, attendees have an opportunity to attend one of three workshops:
"How to Tell Your Story" led by Dr. Barbara Steffens
"Recovery vs. Sobriety" led by Laurie Hall and Matt Wenger from Begin Again Institute
"Boundaries and Self-Care" led by Lyschel Burket from Hope Redefined
For more information and to register click here: Sarah Society Annual Retreat
Suddenly Single: A Support Group for Divorced and Separated Partners
Eight weekly group sessions begin February 15, 2022 By joining Coach Andrea Rogers' group you will experience healing, hope, and a chance to connect with others on the same journey. Her online, eight-week transformational small group will meet weekly via Zoom on Monday nights, 7:00 – 8:30 pm (CST)
Cost: $320 (includes interacting with others on the same journey, access to a private Facebook group.
Why Does it Hurt So Bad?
Wednesdays, 7:00 pm (US CT)
Begins February 16
Six week, 90-120 minutes via Zoom
Facilitated by APSATS coach Julie Calhoun, this topic group “provides a starting place for your journey toward healing by helping you unpack, understand, and develop tools that will enable you to lay out your own pathway of healing and restoration from betrayal trauma.” This group has access to a NT webinar focusing on the impact and symptoms of betrayal trauma while exploring the stages of healing. The cost is $81 US. To register for Naked Truth Wholehearted topic group, click here.