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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.

$100 Range
400 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908
Providence, Rhode Island 02908
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For over 45 years, Sojourner House has served thousands of victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and human trafficking. 

Thanks to our supporters, we are able to offer wraparound services such as support groups, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing, sexual health advocacy, and emotional support.

We believe that everyone deserves a safe, healthy home, and proudly house all genders.


The mission of Sojourner House is to promote healthy relationships by providing culturally sensitive support, advocacy, housing, and education for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking; and to effect systems change.


Drop-In Center:

1570 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02909

Administrative, Education, and Outreach Office:

386 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908
Main mailing address

Office: 401-861-6191
Fax: 401-861-6157
Housing Office: (401) 808-6889
Email: info@sojournerri.org

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