Healing For Trauma Workshop

for those who want to further the work done after an individual workshop

This experiential workshop addresses the deeper wounds that affect many people damaged by a sex or relationship addiction.

While healing often begins with understanding the negative experiences that have shaped you, continued growth requires addressing those impactful events on a deeper level. Gain greater understanding of how your past experiences may either drive addictive behaviors or inhibit healing as the partner of an addict. The Healing for Trauma workshop is a powerful experiential program that helps you experience tremendous personal growth and healing in a short time period for a strong foundation.
Prerequisite

Participants must have attended a previous Bethesda Workshop before they can come to the Healing for Trauma Workshop. This preparation allows participants to begin his or her own journey of recovery before addressing deeper issues that impact healing. It also allows the group to work from the same foundational information gained from prior workshops. This second step in our programming will allow participants to experience deeper healing in a supportive environment.

About the Workshop

The Healing for Trauma workshop is the next step in our programming for individuals. In Bethesda Workshop’s initial workshops, we explore the origins of trauma and how it has impacted our story. The Healing for Trauma workshop takes that work and goes deeper. You’ll have an opportunity to take the information gained from your first workshop and do the important work of healing from those experiences that may still be negatively impacting you and your recovery journey.

The Healing for Trauma workshop is a powerful three-day group intensive. It is experiential in nature and is designed to heal the deeper wounds that drive addiction and unhealthy coping. The experiential elements are similar to some of those sampled in your first workshop. We’ve found that often these moments are the most impactful and transformative for our participants. As a result, we’ve created this next step with several unique opportunities for healing.

The workshop is clinical, meaning all the leaders are at least master’s level, licensed counselors who have highly specialized training in both trauma treatment and experiential therapy. This workshop is comprehensive in that it not only addresses trauma but teaches how to cope with its effects in everyday life. It combines deep, healing work with practical tools to be a holistic approach to sustained healthy living.

Participation is limited to a maximum of 12 attendees. Participants are divided into small groups of no more than six people. Individual counseling is not part of the workshop.

Bethesda Workshops comes from a distinctly Christian perspective that emphasizes grace and God’s unconditional love. Everyone is welcome and will find an accepting, non-pressuring environment.

Upcoming Workshop Dates & Times
Space is available for the dates shown unless the workshop is indicated as waitlist.

Cost

The workshop fee of $3,500 includes all lodging and meals. A non-refundable deposit of $875 is required at registration. See Financial Information for details.

Topics

  • Effects of trauma on the body
  • Effects of trauma on relationships
  • Addressing wounds from trauma
  • Tools for trauma recovery

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Important Workshop Information

The workshop is a group experience, and individual counseling sessions are not part of the intensive. During the small group breakouts, though, each participant has extensive time to share personally. Sessions normally begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue until around 8:00 p.m.

The workshop format is intense and specifically designed to maximize time and investment. This is not a retreat. Participants move between educational segments, individual work, and small groups. The approach consists of a combination of instruction, writing or drawing, small groups, interactive exercises, and activities.

The workshop is a technology-free setting that we call the “Bethesda Bubble.” Participants take a total time-out from contact with the outside world, including family and friends, by turning in all electronic devices – cell phones, laptops, smart watches, tablets, iPads, etc. – for the duration of the workshop. Participants refrain from watching tv in their hotel rooms and are not allowed to make or receive calls or use the business center at the hotel.

Participants are required to arrange all work and home responsibilities before arriving so that they are totally off the grid during the duration of the workshops. Communicating with anyone or any type of work-related activity is not permitted, including during overnight hours. If participants aren’t willing to be completely disconnected from work and home, they are encouraged to attend a future workshop when they can dedicate time.

If you’re concerned about not talking with minor children, we suggest you leave notes that can be opened each day you’re gone or leave video messages the child can listen to.

Bethesda Workshops will provide participants with emergency contact information to share with immediate family so that you can be reached in the event of a serious family emergency. Staff will not interrupt your process for a work-related situation.

The workshops are held in Nashville, Tennessee. All participants (including Nashville area residents) stay together in a nearby hotel. This total time-out from normal responsibilities and distractions is an important “container” for the intensive work.

Each person shares a room with another workshop participant; there are no private rooms. Having a roommate forces you to break the isolation that’s part of the picture for both addicts and partners. It also provides accountability and safety. It’s wise to bring ear plugs in case your roommate snores. All hotel rooms are non-smoking, and smoking is only permitted in a designated outside area at Bethesda Workshops.

The hotel has a small exercise room you may use before breakfast or late evenings when you return from the workshop. You aren’t allowed to leave the hotel to use another exercise facility like the YMCA or a health club.

The Bethesda Workshops staff will handle your hotel reservation, and all lodging and meals are included in your workshop fee. If you have to stay over the day the workshop ends or need to arrive a day early, the Workshop Coordinator can arrange lodging at your expense at the workshop site. Meals during the times before and after a workshop are also at your expense.

Participants eat breakfast at the hotel, which is a complimentary buffet of continental and hot items. Lunch and supper are served at Bethesda Workshops. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and a green salad are available daily. Lunch is usually some kind of hearty sandwich, salad or soup; and supper is a meat entree with vegetables and salad. Dessert or sweets are limited to the supper meal. Beverage choices include coffee, soft drinks, iced tea, and water.

Bethesda Workshops can accommodate a vegetarian or gluten-free diet with advance notice. You must make your own arrangements for vegan meals or other special dietary needs by bringing food that can be quickly prepared in a microwave, if necessary. A refrigerator and freezer are available.

It’s critically important that you be present for the entire workshop. As a group intensive, everyone needs to begin and end together. You WILL NOT be admitted to the workshop if you plan your travel in such a way that you arrive late or leave early, even if that means you get to Nashville the day before the workshop starts or leave the day after it ends. You shortchange yourself and disrupt the workshop process if you arrive late or leave early.

It’s in your best interest to arrive rested. Please arrange to arrive the day before the workshop instead of flying overnight or leaving at dawn to travel the day of the workshop. Don’t arrive exhausted before these intense, long days.

Once you register for a workshop, a Travel Arrangements Form is one of the documents you’ll receive, and it provides space for you to communicate your travel plans and lodging needs to the Bethesda Workshops staff.

Bethesda Workshops will be prepared to welcome participants beginning at 12:15 pm Central time. You should arrive no later than 12:45 pm.

Flight Information

If you’re flying you should arrive in Nashville no later than 11:15 am Central time on Wednesday so you’ll have time to eat lunch and get to the workshop site. The Healing for Men workshop ends at 4:00 pm on Saturday, and participants are free to leave then. Don’t schedule a flight before 5:15 pm at the earliest; ideally your flight should be 5:30 pm or later.

Transportation from the airport is provided, and participants carpool back and forth from the conference hotel. There’s no need to rent a car.

If a participant is flying, Nashville is the destination airport (airport code BNA). The following are the suggested flight arrangement times (all Central) for each workshop:

Healing for Couples Workshop Flight
Latest flight arrival time on Thursday: 9:00 am Central time
Earliest flight departure on Saturday: 7:30 pm

More questions? Visit our travel information page.

Workshops are staffed by licensed clinicians who hold at least a master’s degree. Many have earned the CSAT designation, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, which is the highest certification recognized in our field. Workshops are primarily led by same-gender therapists, though most workshops also have at least one opposite-gender therapist. All workshop leaders are committed Christians with specific clinical training in treating sexual addiction and related issues. The majority of the workshop leaders are in some form of personal recovery as an addict or a partner.

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Bring clothes for four days, personal toiletries, medicine, and any other essentials you’ll need. Plan to dress in layers and bring a light jacket or sweater even during warm weather, because some find the meeting rooms cold. If you like, feel free to bring a Bible, a journal, recovery related reading or personal devotional materials. It’s helpful to bring a watch since you won’t have your cell phone. We’ll provide everything you’ll need during the workshop itself, including a workbook, paper and pen.

Participants are not permitted to use cell phones, laptops, tablets and similar items at the workshop. Please do travel with a cell phone so you can communicate with us in case there are travel difficulties. Staff will collect all cell phones and other electronics and keep them until the workshop ends. No weapons are allowed at the workshop site, at the conference hotel, or in participant vehicles.

Some participants are highly sensitive and/or allergic to perfume, cologne, and essential oils. We ask that you not use any fragrances of essential oils during your time at the workshop, including at the hotel. Please leave them at home.

All workshops are IN-PERSON at our facility in Nashville.

All participants are encouraged to self-monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19 before attending a workshop and if any are present, including mild cold or allergy symptoms, they are required to show proof of a current dated self-test that indicates they are negative for COVID. Participants are respectfully requested to postpone their attendance if they are ill with any communicable sickness.

Attending a Bethesda Healing Workshop is best viewed as a huge jumpstart for recovery. A specific aftercare plan is crucial. The intensive workshop often identifies core family and trauma issues which need further healing. Each participant – whether an individual, couple, or family – is helped to outline a personalized aftercare program before leaving the workshop. In general, a recommended aftercare plan consists of four main components:

• Behavioral measures to address acting out and other forms of unhealthy coping
• Regular connection with a supportive community (a 12 Step program is recommended)
• Continued counseling for core issues, especially around trauma and relationship concerns
• Cultivation of a deeper connection with God and spirituality
• Active self-care regarding nutrition, exercise, sleep and recreation

Participants are also strongly encouraged to maintain contact with each other. Many groups text or video chat regularly, and some groups even plan reunions to celebrate their recovery and connection.

Testimonials
"The work we did was amazing." - Healing For Couples Participant
"I never thought my wife and I could laugh together again and have fun." - Healing For Couples Participant
"We left feeling so encouraged." - Healing For Couples Participant
"Exceeded my expectations. I am hopeful for my marriage for the first time in a long time." Healing for Couples Participant
"I learned more about who I have become and why, and how I can work together with my spouse to move forward in recovery." - Healing For Couples Participant
"Safe place to take on the hard stuff." - Healing For Couples Participant
"The ratios of couples to therapists was great, especially having a male and female therapist in the group." - Healing For Couples Participant
"I believe this workshop will help save our marriage." - Healing For Couples Participant