Professional Training


Mending the Soul Partnership for Professional Development offers two continuing education courses at this time.  All Mental Health Professionals listed on the Mending the Soul website are required to attend both of the professional trainings offered here.

Please note:  additional membership requirements are necessary before being considered a MTS trained professional and listed on the Mending the Soul website.

Mending the Soul Basic:

An Integrated View of Trauma, Abuse, Recovery, and Caretaking

This workshop provides a current discussion on trauma, recovery, and implications for providers.  It includes definitions and development of disorders, utilizing current viewpoints of both researchers and therapists in the mental health field.  We also address the benefit of providing faith-integrated small groups for survivors of abuse and how these groups can be utilized in your practice.  Research indicates that mental health professionals, in particular, are vulnerable to the effects of secondary trauma and need to become proactive in addressing their emotional and psychological needs.  Utilizing current research in the study of compassion fatigue, this workshop provides a guided discussion so that participants can create a holistic self-care plan by the end of day.

Day 1 Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate a basic understanding of trauma, the effects of trauma and abuse, and diagnostic categories.
  2. Explain the therapeutic and research-based reasoning behind the community model of abuse recovery.
  3. Implement a faith integrated model of abuse recovery in a professional group setting.
  4. Create a self-care plan for improving resilience to compassion fatigue and/or secondary trauma.


Mending the Soul Advanced:

Navigating Complex Therapeutic Situations Related to Abuse

This workshop helps therapists build their skills in working with survivors of abuse and abusers.  Implications for individual, marital, and group therapy are addressed.  Attendees practice how a lens oriented to abuse can be applied in clinical settings through vignettes, examples, and collaborative discussion.

Day 2 Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Assess abuse history and abuse dynamics for individuals and couples.
  2. Apply current abuse oriented information to clinical situations.
  3. Demonstrate skill in assessing and treating clients in abusive systems through vignette practice and discussion.

Please check our training events page for scheduled upcoming Professional Training.