Whole Hearted Facilitator Guide

August 4, 2022

Trauma-aware parishes can: demonstrate sensitivity to trauma’s impact on its members and their loved ones; help parishioners recognize their experience of, and responses to, trauma; and provide restorative spiritual and professional resources in a variety of ways.


Catholic Charities USA’s Whole Hearted is a parish-based trauma-awareness resource that integrates spirituality and religious practices with behavioral health.

The Facilitator Guide walks the leader through their role of establishing and maintaining a safe, trustworthy place that holds participants’ thoughts, feelings, comments and experiences in a respectful and authentic way. Parishes and organizations can offer Whole Hearted as a day of reflection or four weekly sessions.

Whole Hearted is meant to provide basic and helpful trauma awareness. It is not a substitute for clinical or professional therapy.

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The Whole Hearted series integrates spirituality and religious practices with behavioral health. It informs participants of trauma’s impact and how one might begin to move forward, both mentally and spiritually.

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