Harm and heartache are an inevitable part of the human experience. We try to recover and move on as best we can, but all too often we lack the tools to know what to do with our wounds, and the trauma leaves a lasting mark on our body, mind, emotions, and relationships. Our attempts to heal and protect ourselves from future pain can leave us even more broken and disconnected, with defensive structures that further bind us to the trauma and separate us from the true delight of living in relationship with others and God.
This course is designed to deepen your understanding of the complex issues related to trauma, especially sexual harm. Whether you are a victim of abuse, a professional caregiver, or a friend, parent, or partner of someone who has been abused—everyone needs to address the heartache of sexual harm and grow in the hope that healing is possible.
Throughout this course Dr. Allender invites you to name the impact and internal war of abuse with greater clarity and to walk the path of healing. We will explore:
- the impact of trauma on the body and mind
- family systems that can set us up for sexual abuse
- subtle forms of harm that intensify the damage
- the role of evil in the act of abuse
- the influence of past harm on our adult relationships
- the internal world of shame and dissociation that inevitably results from abuse
In addition to teaching on these core subjects, Dr. Allender invites a group of courageous women and men to join him in interviews to share their own stories of abuse and healing as a window into the hidden world of the survivor’s heart. Their stories invite us to consider how subtle harm sets us up to be groomed, the role of shame in addictions, the forms of denial we use to minimize shame, the ways past harm is reenacted in the present, and how growth and freedom occur. These men and women offer their stories to help you engage your own.
To better help you incorporate the teaching and stories into your own work of healing, reflection and journal exercises are included to help you explore your story and participate in a process of redemption that leads to greater freedom, power, and joy.
How the Semester Tribe Works
Joining this course as part of our Semester Tribe includes lifetime access to the course, exclusive access to a private Facebook group, and live online Q&A sessions with Dr. Dan Allender and The Allender Center teaching team. Our next Semester Tribe begins on October 16, 2017! Please note that the closing date for enrollment is October 31.
During the semester, our recommendation is to go through one lesson per week. Plan for a minimum of 2 hours to complete each lesson — in one sitting or spread out over several days — to provide the optimum space and time to absorb the content and fully engage the material. Each of the nine lessons includes video segments totaling about 45 minutes of teaching followed by thoughtful journal and reflection questions. All course content is available immediately upon enrollment to view and engage at a pace that fits your schedule.
Access to the private Facebook group is located within the course. Details and access to the live online Q&A dates will be made available after enrollment.