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

 

Healthy Living Skills

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

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:

  • 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

 

Healing Adults with Childhood Trauma 

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.