Professional Development

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MTS Partnership for Professional Development was originally formed by Celestia Tracy, MA, LPC and Roxane Thorstad, PsyD as the formal network of mental health professionals connected to Mending the Soul Ministries.  The Partnership serves two primary purposes: 1) training professionals in the Mending the Soul model of care, and 2) connecting professionals who want to invest their training and expertise into Mending the Soul ministries.  The Partnership’s leadership provides continuing education, the structure for professional membership, opportunities to network and consult with other professionals, and a gateway for professionals to give back to Mending the Soul in their particular areas of expertise.

How to become a Mending the Soul Professional

For each step listed below, we have also provided a rationale.

  • Complete the MTS book and workbook for own personal healing through the process of being a participant in a MTS group (lay or professional)
    • The professional does the work for themselves first to promote healing and healthy responses with clients
    • Familiarizes the professional with the materials and how to best use them with clients
    • Gives the professional a picture of what the MTS group process looks like
    • Increases creditability of the professional since they are willing to do their own hard work before asking clients to do this work
    • We encourage professionals to think of this as a step similar to a counseling program asking students to enter therapy
  • Attend MTS Basic and Advanced for  Professionals (12 CEUs)
    •  Educates on trauma and abuse dynamics,  the group process,  safety in groups
    • Discusses how to navigate telling your own story/appropriate self-disclosure
    • Looks at the differences between professional and lay groups
    • Emphasizes the reality of compassion fatigue and provides helpful tools to build resiliency
    • Allows therapists to hone their lens for abuse and abuse dynamics through vignette discussion
  • Complete outside continuing education on the topic of trauma and abuse
    • Trauma and abuse information is continually changing and staying educated on current research is vital to providing quality services to clients
  • Attend a MTS lay training to have insight into the ministry side of MTS
    • Better able to refer clients to lay groups when appropriate
    • Potential to serve in the ministry
    • Provides information on the foundation of MTS
    • Helps professionals see the needs of the lay ministry and start to plug in
  • Active membership in MTS Partnership for Professional Development
    • Stay connected with other MTS professionals to support one another
    • Opportunity for participation in consultation process with other MTS professionals 
    • Sets standards and guidelines consistent with the MTS healing model  to promote quality services for clients

See sidebar for membership, application, professional training, FAQ’s and an option to contact the MTS Partnership for Professional Development directly.