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Community Training: Spiritual Trauma & Adverse Spiritual Environments
June 13, 2023 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The objective of training is to understand that spiritual trauma can result in a range of negative outcomes such as internalized shame, mental health concerns, self-harm or suicidal tendencies, and feelings of disconnection. Through a trauma-informed approach that emphasizes affirmation, we can effectively address these issues.
Objective 1: Understand the impact of spiritual trauma on individuals
- Define spiritual trauma and its potential effects on individuals
- Identify different types of spiritual trauma that people may experience
- Explore the potential long-term effects of spiritual trauma on individuals and communities
Objective 2: Identify adverse spiritual environments for the LGBTQ community
- Identify factors that contribute to adverse spiritual environments for the LGBTQ community
- Understand the intersectionality of multiple marginalized identities that contribute to adverse spiritual environments
- Recognize the impact of oppressive religious beliefs and practices on the LGBTQ community
Objective 3: Develop cultural competence in working with individuals who have experienced spiritual trauma
- Understand the importance of cultural competence when working with this community
- Recognize the unique needs and experiences of individuals who have experienced spiritual trauma
- Develop strategies for creating a safe and affirming environment for LGBTQ+ folks and other individuals who have experienced spiritual trauma
Evan Jones is the SOAR Works Disability Coordinator at Sojourner House and passionate in the community. As a proud and open transgender individual, Evan is dedicated to challenging the harmful misinformation and discrimination that often targets queer individuals. Through activism, education, and direct action, Evan works tirelessly to defend the rights and promote well-being of the LGBTQ+ and other oppressed communities.
Linzi Rae Matta, LICSW (she/her) has been a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker since 2019. Linzi has developed an expertise in providing trauma focused treatment modalities to survivors of interpersonal, generational, and systems-induced trauma and associated impacts. She has experience in clinical consultation and supervision, training facilitation, policy development, program operations, and interdisciplinary collaboration.