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Healing and Transformation of Trauma in Spiritual Direction

Healing and Transformation of Trauma in Spiritual Direction 

Desmond Raferty

Trauma has the potential to be one of the most significant forces for psychological, social, and spiritual awakening.  How seekers handle trauma will greatly influence the transformative quality of their life, and consequently can lead to greater inner freedom and inner healing.

Yet many spiritual guides feel unprepared to identify and respond to trauma, making it one of the most-requested workshops topics of the year. We turned to Des Rafterty, a clinical social worker and spiritual director, to help us delve into the subject.

During this presentation, you will learn how to recognize trauma in a seeker, and explore ways to engage and assist a person who has experienced trauma in his or her life. Afternoon will included breakout groups for practicum and learning.

We’ll reveal how the body is impacted by trauma and its central role in healing and transformation, and discuss how to respond to your seeker within the scope of the spiritual guidance practice.  Compassionate handling of referrals to professionals with a therapeutic focus will also be addressed.

The cost of this one and a half day Trauma Workshop is $85 which includes a $20 non-refundable deposit.

Registration is closed for this program.
Friday, May 20, 2022 (7:00pm-8:00pm Central) and Saturday, May 21, 2022 (9:30am-3:00pm Central)
Offered via Zoom


Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie Street
Racine, WI  53402


Des Raftery is a licensed clinical social worker and a spiritual director. He holds bachelor degrees from St. Patricks College Maynooth, Ireland, and master
degrees in Social Work and in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, Chicago.

Des is certified in numerous disciplines, therapies. He is a divorcé and family mediator and has presented many workshops, training seminars and retreats in Ireland, Great Britain, West Africa and the United States. He is also a social worker with the Elk Grove Village (Illinois) Police Department and maintains a private clinical practice.