In 2012, Karen Wanjico began to think about helping people who were hurt by faith based groups or leaders that were establishing power and control over their members. She was working as a victim advocate for survivors of relationship violence and could see a parallel between the behavior of high control groups and the behavior of controlling partners in intimate relationships. Just like she wanted to help people create healthy relationships, she began to think about healthy spirituality and how to promote it.
Workshops can be prepared for various audiences. The two main types are:
Workshops for survivors- work best for individuals who are who have some undergone some healing because the topic can be triggering of trauma.
Workshops for professionals- workshops can be given to a group of clergy, therapists, or social workers. At this point I am unable to offer CE's for licensing purposes.
Secular groups or churches who are more liberal would like my approach best.
Full day workshops average between five and six hours and cover topics like this:
Defining and understanding Spiritual Abuse
The techniques used
The effects of Spiritual Abuse
Ways to begin healing from Spiritual Abuse
Workshops for two audiences can be combined into one trip. For example, offering a two-hour workshop for professionals in the evening and the next day completing a workshop for survivors. Workshop CostThe cost of a workshop will depend on a number of factors, and is negotiable on a case by case basis. Typically, I will need a stipend for my time, and to have travel costs and workshop supplies covered. Please provide a minimum of 10-15 attendees. Maximum for a survivor workshop, would be 15. Workshops for professionals can be larger, up to 50. We can discuss what, if anything, to charge attendees. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please use the contact form. Host responsibilities include:
Providing a suitable space. If the workshops is for church members, a church site may be suitable. If the audience is church phobic, then a secular or neutral location will be necessary.
Providing any food that is necessary. Some groups have accomplished this through a pot luck, in other cases the host has provided food.
Advertising the work shop locally
Providing flip charts and similar class room items
Presenter responsibilities include:
Preparing the workshop and related materials
Providing press releases
Adjusting workshops according to audience needs
Collaborating with host to meet their needs
Discussing spiritual abuse brings up strong feelings. It is common for participant to cry. In some workshops people have shared things that they have not told anyone else. It is important to have people on site when provide non-blaming support. Participants may need a secondary room to sit in. It is best to have food on site and reduce opportunities to leave because the healing activities happen later in the day.
Please note: I do not have a non-profit status, if that is a consideration due to your organization's non-profit status.
I am available to write articles for magazines or newsletters.