Healing through Forgiveness

It is not surprising that many people who have been seriously hurt in some way have a strong reaction to the idea of forgiveness.  For people who have serious wounds and deep pain, forgiveness is an important part of a healing process.  Forgiveness is not something “given” to the one who caused harm, but a process that decreases a wounded person’s pain and suffering.  The injurer may or may not be around anymore, but the wounds persist, causing more pain. 

Forgiveness is a process in which injured people change their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in order to heal and live less painful, healthier, and more satisfying lives. 

It is important to remember, then, that forgiveness is a process to help the injured person. To refuse to engage in the process of forgiveness may be like saying, “I refuse to heal.” 

Due to CoVid19 all Groups will be postponed until further notice.

TRA helps participants understand their responses to childhood abuse and neglect while gaining new skills to live healthier lives. TRA currently offers Healthy Living Skills (HLS) for adult survivors of childhood trauma.

This is FREE to participants!

To view the TRA Brochure click here

Healthy Living Skills

HLS helps participants recognize their triggers, learn skills, and overcome challenges to make more desirable choices.

To view the HLS Brochure click here

Content covered in HLS groups:

  • Staying grounded in the present
  • Learning to manage strong feelings
  • Identifying triggers
  • Calming the body’s stress response especially in response to triggers
  • Modifying extreme responses and black and white thinking in work, school, family and relationships
  • Understanding where one’s own responsibly begins and ends
  • Learning to accept grief
  • Understanding the power of forgiveness

Participants can expect:

  • No cost/No insurance required
  • Small groups
  • Trained facilitators
  • Community-based locations
  • Seven group sessions, 1.5 hours each
  • One individual session [post-assessment]
  • Includes a snack and break
  • Invitation to participate in a research study

Current Groups being offered, Please call 269-459-2121 to register.

Family & Children Services (1608 Lake St. Kalamazoo)

Zhang Conference Room

7-8:30 pm (Wednesdays for 7 weeks)

Due to CoVid19 HLS Groups will be postponed until further notice.  

TRA is also contracting the Trauma Recovery Program (TRP) for the Diocese and those groups are:

St. Catherine of Siena (1150 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024)

TRP English – Learning Group

Mondays, 9-11:30 am

Due to CoVid19 TRP Groups will be postponed until further notice.

St. Catherine of Siena (1150 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024)

GLP Room

Followed by a Support Group

Meeting every other week.

Healing Adults with Childhood Trauma 

To view the Healing ACT brochure click here

Healing ACT helps participants understand their responses to childhood abuse and neglect while gaining new skills to live healthier lives.

Content covered in Healing ACT groups:

  • Understanding the effects of childhood abuse and neglect and why they continue
  • Tools to stabilize daily living
  • Skills to identify and correct distorted thinking
  • Improved capacity to process and integrate emotions
  • Healthier relationships
  • A more satisfying life

Participants can expect:

  • Small groups
  • Trained mental health professionals
  • Community-based locations
  • Two individual sessions [pre- and post -assessments]
  • Ten group sessions, 2.5 hours each
  • Includes a snack and break
  • Invitation to participate in a research study

Trauma Recovery Program in the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo

This is a program for small groups of survivors of childhood abuse and neglect. It was first imagined as a parish and then a city-wide response to the Catholic Church’s “sex abuse scandal” in 2002. It was implemented as a diocesan program with the full support of the former and current bishops of the Kalamazoo Diocese.

Over 300 trauma survivors have participated in the diocesan program, and we have conducted two groups for clergy and other professionals who are trauma survivors.