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Healing the Wounded Heart

June 23, 2021 @ 8:00 am - June 24, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Virtual Training
June 23 – 24 and June 30 – July 1
1-5 pm (ET), 12-4pm (CT), 10-2pm (PT)


Healing the Wounded Heart is a six-session small group trauma training for ministers to the incarcerated. This training will prepare ministers to lead small groups of incarcerated persons in learning how to respond to their life trauma.

This program is a new Catholic version based on the book, Healing The Wounds of Trauma: How The Church Can Help. This adaptation for prisoners will allow ministers to reflect on their own experiences and responses to trauma, while integrating principles of mental health and Catholic spirituality.


Chaplain Joy Stevens has worked in corrections since 1996, working in 3 County Jails and 3 Prisons. She is a certified chaplain with Good News Jail & Prison Ministry and is currently the Trauma Healing Coordinator of the Expansion Project. Joy is a Master Facilitator with the Trauma Healing Institute of American Bible and has trained approximately 150 correctional chaplains, volunteers and inmates in Healing Wounds of Trauma.

Mike Carotta, Ed.D. is a recognized religious educator, consultant and former Executive Director of the Department of Religious Education at the National Catholic Education Association. He is currently the national consultant for Catholic Initiatives at the American Bible Society helping shape their Catholic Prison Trauma Healing Journal. Mike is also an adjunct instructor in the theology department at Creighton University.

George Williams, SJ, Ph.D. has ministered to those affected by incarceration since 1993. He has served as a counselor in a halfway house, Chaplain at MCI-Concord, and most recently served as Catholic Chaplain at San Quentin State Prison for ten years. Fr. George completed studies in Divinity, Social Work, Spiritual Direction, and holds a PhD in Criminology. His dissertation is titled, “Resisting Burnout: Correctional Staff Spirituality and Resilience.” He recently began a new assignment as Pastor of St. Agnes parish in the Bay Area.

Training is FREE courtesy of the Catholic Initiatives of the American Bible Society.

Register Here

Attendance for all sessions is mandatory.
Registration will be limited to 20. (Fall Session planned)

Ministers must have access and be able to facilitate two small groups in their correctional setting upon completion of the training.

Please direct questions to Mike Carotta: [email protected]


June 23, 2021 @ 8:00 am
June 24, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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