January 26 - March 16, 2021

Zoom Sessions: Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm PT

Have you ever had the experience of working with someone who seems so stuck that nothing seems to breakthrough? Oftentimes, what hinders forward movement in a conversation, whether it be with a directee, client, friend, etc., is the presence of shame. One of the many problems with shame is… you cannot talk someone out of it. Shame is the most powerful force in the lives of people…apart from grace. Through the process of inner healing, shame can be dismantled in a way to allow an experience of grace to breakthrough. Katie Skurja will host the conversation to explore the use of Inner Healing in various forms of companioning. There will be some practical and experiential application aspects in order for participants to gain confidence in the use of Inner Healing in their work.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • A message from Katie

    • How to use this course

    • Card Activity: Introductions

    • Course Syllabus - Subject to change as we move along

    • Pre Class Work: True Identity: Self as an M&M

  • 2

    Week One | Introduction

    • Handout: Layers of Self M&M

    • Homework: Drama Triangle

    • Handout: Two Triangles: Right-side Up & Upside-down

    • Week One Assignment | One Thing I Learned ~ One Question I Have

  • 3

    Week Two | Healing the Image of God

    • Card Activity: Atonement Theories

    • Prayer Demonstration: Davina

    • Homework: Week 2 | Original Shame

    • Week Two Assignment | One Thing I Learned ~ One Question I Have

  • 4

    Week Three | Healing the Image of Self

    • Handouts: Paradox Prayers

    • Podcast: The Mom Podcast - Riverbed Prayer Exercise

    • Card Activity: Good, Bad, and Ugly

    • Reading: Chapter 10 - From Darkness into Light - Paradox Prayer

    • Handout: Step by Step Prayer

    • Let the Children Teach - YouTube

    • Case Studies PDF

    • Prayer Demonstration: Craig

    • Week Three Assignment | One Thing I Learned ~ One Question I Have

  • 5

    Week Four | Discussion Session

    • Activity: Identifying Shame Word Lists

    • Reading: Chapter 11 - Just Add Water

    • Reading: Chapter 12 - The River Journey

    • Homework: Inner Healing Assignment

    • Case Study: Jenna part 1 & 2

    • Week Four Assignment | One Thing I Learned ~ One Question I Have

  • 6

    Week Five | Healing in Relationship with Others

    • Card Activity: Self with Another

    • Handout: Asking Questions

    • Handout: Goals and Assumptions

    • Week Five Assignment | One Thing I Learned ~ One Question I Have

  • 7

    Week Six | Healing in Relationship to Creation

    • Card Activity: Self with Creation

    • Handout: Degrees of Separation

    • Handouts: New Quadrants Sheets

    • Activity: Burden Bearing Exercise

    • Week Six Assignment | One Thing I Learned ~ One Question I Have

  • 8

    Week Seven | Discussion Session

    • Handout: The Welcoming Prayer

    • Survey: Inner Healing Community Survey

    • Assignment: Inner Healing Assignment

    • Let the Children Teach Shorter M&M Version

    • Handout: Oneness vs. Separation

    • Week Seven Assignment | One Thing I Learned ~ One Question I Have

  • 9

    Week Eight | Four Relationships

    • Week Eight Assignment | One Thing I Learned ~ One Question I Have

    • Course Evaluation

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Instructor

Katie Skurja

Catherine “Katie” Skurja is the founder and director of Imago Dei Ministries. Deeply rooted in and dedicated to Trinitarian principles, the ministry’s purpose is to help people everywhere engage in a Christ-centered healing process that transforms relationships with God, self, and others. Her greatest passion is to accompany people in the journey of discovering who they are in their Imago Dei (image of God). With training as a counselor, spiritual director, and in the work of inner healing prayer, Katie combines the three disciplines to help guide people through the layers of false self and shame in order to bring about the integration of the whole person. Katie and Jim have been married for 33 years and have two grown sons as well as a few “adopted” daughters with whom they share life. She loves to garden, hike, walk on the beach, cook, and read. For more information on her work, check out Imago Dei Ministries.

Instructor

Cathy Jo Finch

Cathy Jo is a life long questioner. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Montana. She is a wife and mother of three grown children. CJ claims to be a professional volunteer, serving on the boards of Youth for Christ and Care Net of Missoula in various capacities; teaching in high schools on Healthy Relationships; and leading diverse groups in Bible and book studies. She has a huge heart for bringing people together to question, think, heal and grow in their relationship with the Trinity and each other. Learning how to hold difference within the body of Christ is huge for her. Cathy Jo is just now starting a Masters in Ministry which will either answer some of her many questions or, more likely, raise many more.