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 Participant Journal includes questions for reflection and discussion; personal exercises, including guided imagery and prayer exercises; and spiritual practices. The four sessions introduce participants to the dynamics of recognition, renewal and restoration.
Whole Hearted is meant to provide basic and helpful trauma awareness. It is not a substitute for clinical or professional therapy.
Whole Hearted Series
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.