Wounded Healers to heal others PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 September 2013 12:46

In coordination with the Department of Education Division Office of Zamboanga City under School Division Superintendent Pedro Melchor M. Natividad, Silsilah Dialogue Movement conducted a series of 3-dayTrainers’ Training on Trauma Healing recently for Educators and Guidance Counselors at Silsilah Center in Sinunuc, Zamboanga City.  It challenged the participants to be “wounded healers” and for them to acquire basic counseling skills and first aid intervention. It also demonstrated how to harmonize the human and spiritual aspirations of persons of different faiths and cultural backgrounds to help others how to overcome trauma.

The participants came from the Elementary and Secondary Levels from all over Zamboanga City and were divided in different batches to undergo the trainings. They were taught how to reflect into one’s self to recognize one’s values, attitudes, characteristics and qualities so they can nurture and develop into an effective healer. It was followed up with introduction of various concepts, techniques, approaches and skills in counseling and trauma healing. And it ended with the “Healing through Spirituality” which is an approach to trauma healing based on the premise that the ultimate source of healing power and energy is God.

“The Department of Education is very grateful to Silsilah for offering the training to our educators and guidance counselors which happens to be in line with the campaign and advocacy of the DepEd Memorandum No. 40, the Child Protection Policy that would remind our teachers as they struggle daily with the duty of instilling discipline among their students. I hope that the objective of the training will surely serve its purpose and since all of you have undergone the process of being healed, you yourselves will now be considered as wounded healers”, Mr. Natividad said in an interview.

“We wish our wounded healers to believe that beyond skills we need to approach people with trauma with a listening heart, ready to show that there is hope and telling the survivors in life that behind the clouds there is a sun that continues to shine and guide us”, Silsilah Founder Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra mentioned this in his foreword on the manual of the Trainers’ Training on Trauma Healing.

Lamentations 3:21-24. “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

By Dante Corteza