Before you begin a Mending the Soul small support group, your Facilitator will ask you to fill out an intake form and interview. Your facilitator can answer all your questions and help you know if you are ready for a group.
MTS support groups are held in any safe, private space free from interruptions and/or distractions: home, church, or community center.
A typical group meeting lasts two hours. The group commits to start and finish on time each week. Participants are also responsible for completing their homework (one workbook chapter per week) prior to coming to group. This takes an average of two hours per week to complete.
Due to the nature of the support group, our recommendation is that men and women meet separately. We also recommend that Facilitators are the same gender as participants.
Groups will typically have 4-6 participants in addition to two Certified Facilitators.
Groups typically last anywhere from 12 – 16 weeks. The schedule will be decided by the Mending the Soul Certified Facilitator and communicated to the participants prior to starting the Mending the Soul Basic group. Some facilitators choose to spend a couple of weeks on difficult chapters. Other groups may schedule a week off during a holiday or for another specified purpose. Please speak to the group facilitator to find out the schedule of the specific group you are interested in.
To locate a group in your area, please visit the Find A Group page, enter your zip code, and click the search button. This will provide a list of available groups in your area. If no groups are available in your area, please read the section below the zip code entry form “Can’t find a group in your area?” There are online Mending the Soul Certified Facilitators available to lead you through a group virtually.
Since Mending the Soul is a growing ministry, there are locations where small support groups are not available. If no groups are meeting in your area, please go to the Find a Group page and read the section below the zip code entry form “Can’t find a group in your area?” There are online Mending the Soul Certified Facilitators available to lead you through a group virtually.
We understand that sharing in-depth personal information with others connects individuals at a very deep level. Mending the Soul is all about healing, taking back the life that trauma attempted to destroy, and empowering participants to seek healthy connection inside and outside of their Mending the Soul group. Some suggestions would be organizing continued times of meeting between fellow participants, coffee and lunch dates, joining local church and community groups to expand your personal community, becoming a Mending the Soul Certified Facilitator, and supporting Mending the Soul in our continued work to heal the world from abuse and trauma.
Please view this video How to Become a Mending the Soul Basic Certified Facilitator for more information about becoming a Mending the Soul Basic Certified Facilitator.
At Mending the Soul we believe that you need to first go through a Mending the Soul small support group as a participant. This not only provides an understanding of the group process and how it works, but it allows you to experience healing from your own past, and understand what future participants will experience themselves.
Go HERE to register for a Mending the Soul Basic Facilitator Training course.
That’s it! We encourage you to take these steps because we need more facilitators like you!
According to copyright laws, the Mending the Soul model and resources are considered the intellectual property of authors Steve and Celestia Tracy and Mending the Soul Ministries. Therefore, it is unlawful to use any of our copyrighted material to create resources or training without specific written consent from the authors and/or Mending the Soul. Mending the Soul has created the best-practice online training for leading small groups through the Mending the Soul Basic Model. Please register here for upcoming training and join our certified team!
Only Mending the Soul Certified Facilitators are listed on the website’s “Find a Group” page. Certified Facilitators must have gone through Mending the Soul Basic as a participant, successfully passed the Mending the Soul Basic Facilitator Training course, completed a background check and submitted two references, and signed the certified facilitator agreement. For any questions about becoming a Mending the Soul Certified Facilitator, please contact Shanell Bender, firstname.lastname@example.org Mending the Soul Basic Program Director.
Yes! We have a Facebook group for Mending the Soul trained facilitators. In order to be granted admission into this group page you need to have (1) completed a Mending the Soul as a participant; (2) passed the Mending the Soul Basic Facilitator Training course, and (3) answered a few basic questions. Please note: you must also have your own Facebook account to use this resource. Please contact Shanell Bender email@example.com for more information.
The prerequisites for participating in other Mending the Soul trainings are listed on the informational pages for each individual model. However, Mending the Soul requires that leaders go through their own healing before walking other survivors through their healing. As such, we highly recommend those desiring to be trained in other Mending the Soul models to first attend a Mending the Soul Basic small group as a participant, and secondly, to go through the Mending the Soul Basic Facilitator Training course.
Note: Mending the Soul Basic is available in Adult and Student versions, with books translated in both English and Spanish.