PMD 2021 Registration

Rite of Election

WRC e-Editon February 2021

Ash Wednesday Mass

Lent Reconciliation Schedule

Spearfish, St. Joseph, Sunday, Mar. 28 — 3 p.m.
McLaughlin, St. Bernard, Sunday, Mar. 28 — 7 p.m.


Understanding Trauma Bonds

October 17, 2022  2:00 PM MDT
60 minutes
CEU’s available

Description:  Exploitive Relationships create betrayal bonds. These occur when a victim bonds with someone who is destructive to him or her.

We typically think of bonding as something good. However, adult survivors of abusive or dysfunctional families, abortion, and other traumatic events struggle with bonds that are rooted in their own betrayal experiences.

There is a wide range of symptoms: Reactivity, arousal, blocking, splitting, abstinence, shame, and repetition compulsion can all work in the service of traumatic bonding. As a result, these supercharged, traumatic relationships can have tremendous power.

This workshop integrates information from the science of trauma with the field of addictions to explore betrayal bonds in relationships.

We will provide a helpful diagnostic tool: The Trauma Stress Index that can be scored to help shed light on the particular ways that trauma might be manifesting itself in your client’s life, or maybe even your own.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how exploitive relationships create betrayal bonds.
  2. Integrate information from the science of trauma with the field of addictions to explore betrayal bonds in relationships.
  3. Discuss the Trauma Stress Index to shed light on the particular ways trauma may be manifesting in your clients’ lives, or even your own.

What’s the Connection Between Trauma & Addictions

June 13, 2022  2:00 PM MDT
60 minutes
CEU’s available

Description:  First, this presentation will provide a brief overview of what we know about the brain and what we know about the release of hormones during stress or trauma.

Second, we will examine some of the ritual behaviors that are set up by individuals which produce neuro-chemical brain changes.

We will examine how the traumatic experience impacts brain functioning as an underlying cause of process addictions. We will also learn how addictions serve a purpose to provide an immediate reward or feeling.

In counseling, we need to help our clients find something to REPLACE the addiction with, something that you want more than the immediate pleasure of addictive behavior. Certainly grief works to deal with the losses that fuel the compulsion is ESSENTIAL, and then methods to change entrenched behavior patterns used to relieve stress, self-medicate, and alter brain chemistry for self-soothing or adrenaline high will be covered.

Finally, a look at the role of spirituality in healing addiction—a higher power, a redeemer, discovery of a new self and transformation in Christ.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine addictions as a development process.
  2. Looking at the common denominator: addictive, compulsive behaviors.
  3. Identify common addictions that post-abortive women and men frequently battle, such as: Sexual Addictions, Compulsive Spending, Compulsive Gambling, Compulsive Working, Eating Disorders, Internet Addiction, Alcoholism, Multiple Abortions, Shoplifting, Drug Abuse and Trauma Drama Junkies.

The Power of Secrets

Breaking Free from Trauma with Truth

February 28, 2022  2:00 PM MDT
60 minutes
CEU’s available

Description:  Truth Heals. This workshop will explore how secrets can make you sick and how what you hide can hurt you.

Lies that keep us from acknowledging the truth can result in physical or emotional pain, debilitating shame, and deep layers of denial and anger. The lies we tell ourselves can cause emotional blockages and prevent joy and peace.

Telling the truth is about freedom. It is about health and living a life that is meaningful, powerful, connected, and loving. Ultimately, telling the truth is about feeling good in your own skin, unencumbered and free to be loved.

We will also explore the value of public testimony as a gift to the giver as well as the receiver.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore why people keep secrets and how the consequences can be destructive.
  2. Understand secrets as a symptom of shame-based relationships.
  3. How secrets can divide, triangulate and deter new relationships.
  4. When not to disclose secrets to avoid frozen development.