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Spirit Fire Global Conference on Abuse and Faith – News

Patience is an important antidote to the pandemic we already have. Patience blended with flexibility. So many wonderful and generous speakers and advisors have been helping with our Spirit Fire Global Conference despite tumult in their professional and personal lives. We had to take a breath and ask: Are we creating a process that is...

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Beyond Trauma

A Catholic Guide for Spiritual First Aid The Trauma Healing Institute and the American Bible Society through its Christian Bible-based...

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Mental Health Articles

Bipolar Wisdom

Jessica Whitaker is a writer, photographer, and mother from Southern California. She has lived with mental health conditions and substance abuse since she was a child, and she finally found answers with a dual diagnosis of borderline personality disorder and...

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Domestic Violence

Why do you keep going back? Survivors of child abuse often find themselves in dangerous adult lives, including addictions, sexual acting out – and most often domestic violence. To heal we begin healing the “today.” To help us heal, sometimes...

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Compassion for PTSD

@DennisSadowsky of @CNS has profiled survivors of clergy abuse and those in related pastoral ministries to understand what PTSD is and how it works. #SpiritFire #PTSD #Tucson

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Recovery Articles

Timeline: Alice Miller’s Top Books

This continues The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas Over the course of her prolific career, Alice Miller coined terms we find in therapy and along other paths toward recovery from abuse and trauma. The term often...

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Six Top Alice Miller Themes

This continues The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas Alice Miller’s many ideas are worth exploring in more detail, but here are a few of the most influential ones in trauma recovery and in our cultural. For...

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Alice Miller & The 12 Steps

This continues The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas One of the most dynamic social trends which embraced the ideas found in The Drama of the Gifted Child and all other Alice Miller books was the surging...

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Families Articles

Domestic Violence

Why do you keep going back? Survivors of child abuse often find themselves in dangerous adult lives, including addictions, sexual acting out – and most often domestic violence. To heal we begin healing the “today.” To help us heal, sometimes...

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Talking to an Abused Child

What if a child has been abused? What if you suspect abuse? The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is a world leader in finding and caring for minors who have been lost, possibly abused, or indeed abused or...

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Mental Health for Families

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives...

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Faith Articles

Rosary for America

October 7th the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offered a virtual rosary for all of America in this time of pandemic and suffering. For those of our readers who are close to the rosary, here is a link to...

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Grieving My Dog

Grief is on the mind and heart lately, with a fresh new intensity, as I let go of my dog Finnegan Quinn after his recent death. It occurs to me that grief is the nature of life in a fallen...

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When My Dog Died

RIP Finnegan Quinn June 22, 2012 to September 4, 2020 17 Pound Force of Chaos Indomitable Clown, Master Cuddling Champ Well Done, Little Beast. I Return Your to Your Creator with Gratitude, Humility, and Grief. Finnegan Quinn, my emotional support...

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Arts & Letters

Timeline: Alice Miller’s Top Books

This continues The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas Over the course of her prolific career, Alice Miller coined terms we find in therapy and along other paths toward recovery from abuse and trauma. The term often...

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Six Top Alice Miller Themes

This continues The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas Alice Miller’s many ideas are worth exploring in more detail, but here are a few of the most influential ones in trauma recovery and in our cultural. For...

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Alice Miller & The 12 Steps

This continues The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas One of the most dynamic social trends which embraced the ideas found in The Drama of the Gifted Child and all other Alice Miller books was the surging...

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Leadership Articles

Needed: Clergy Speaking Wolf

This continues The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas Bishops are committed to meeting with survivors of abuse by clergy in accordance with The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, a document ratified by...

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Restoring Relationships

A Free Online Seminar Relationships, Strong Connections, & Mental Health in the Church The strain and pressure on people’s everyday relationships are mounting—and it’s not always clear where people can turn for help. Barna, in partnership with the Boone Center...

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Lay People in Action

The Movement to Restore Trust is a lay organization in the Diocese of Buffalo whose model for discussion and engagement is worth a look.

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History Articles

Alice Miller & The 12 Steps

This continues The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas One of the most dynamic social trends which embraced the ideas found in The Drama of the Gifted Child and all other Alice Miller books was the surging...

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The Self-Improvement Trend

This continues The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas Another trend that welcomed Miller’s new ideas in the 1980s was a growing demand for self-improvement, which had already become a national pastime. Here people committed time to...

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A Whole New Era of Therapy

This continues The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas Alice Miller’s book, now known as The Drama of the Gifted Child, became an icon of the self-help and recovery book market. One reason is that it hit...

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Round Table

ROUND TABLE Peace Circles: Voices, Stories, Peace

This Healing Voices ROUND TABLE offers four essays to create a powerful testimony for the peace created when circles of adult survivors of clergy abuse gather together. My one qualification for introducing these four points of view is that I...

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Bishops' Mass of Prayer and Penance, A Round Table

On June 14, 2017, the United States Conference for Catholic Bishops opened its Plenary Assembly in Indianapolis, Indiana, with a Mass of Prayer and Penance related to praying, also, for Healing of Survivors of Clergy Abuse. The homily was preached...

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Marie Collins's Resignation, A Round Table

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION Question Around the Table: What’s Your Response to the Resignation of Marie Collins from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors? FYI: Marie Collins’s statement on resigning, as posted on Twitter, is here. Mike I was so...

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