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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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Budgeting Apps

For survivors, managing money is a life skill that develops along with other self-care practices. Fortunately, there are secure budgeting...

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Mental Health Articles

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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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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Diagnostic Evolution

By Teresa Pitt Green Many survivors experience a diagnosis of mental illness as another reason to feel shame – and hopeless. People feed that misery. Often they treat a person like their diagnosis – not as a person with a...

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Recovery Articles

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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The Wounded Storyteller

The power of narrative is incorporated into programs as diverse as international and collective conflict resolution through individual and private psychotherapy. Constructing a narrative can rebuild communities, families, and individual lives. It is an important element in restorative justice approaches....

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Families Articles

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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Mental Illness in Families

The American Psychological Association has published a helpful list of things that family members can do if they suspect a loved one may be struggling with a mental illness. Mental illness may be situational and temporary (e.g., during a global...

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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

i thank You God for most this amazing day

i thank You God for most this amazingday:for the leaping greenly spirits of treesand a blue true dream of sky;and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes (i who have died am alive again today,and this is...

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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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The Wounded Storyteller

The power of narrative is incorporated into programs as diverse as international and collective conflict resolution through individual and private psychotherapy. Constructing a narrative can rebuild communities, families, and individual lives. It is an important element in restorative justice approaches....

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Leadership Articles

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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Light in Darkness

Kathy O’Connell, Co-Founder * Living with clergy abuse has been a challenge for me, as I’m sure it’s been for other victim survivors. The PA grand jury report that was recently released has set our media and Catholics on fire...

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History Articles

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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The End of the Story of a Book

This continues The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas This story of Alice Miller’s first book, The Drama of the Gifted Child, ended last week (click here) as it hit the U.S. market with little fanfare. Even...

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The Story of a Book

This continues The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas Alice Miller’s first book, The Drama of the Gifted Child, radically changed how we approach trauma and therapy today. It announced a ground-breaking theory that upbringing is what...

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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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