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This spring, we had the privilege of welcoming Diane Langberg to our campus for a visit. Dr. Langberg is a practicing psychologist whose clinical expertise includes 45 years of working with trauma survivors and clergy.
Dr. Langberg shared with our clients some of what she’s learned about healing from shame, sexual abuse, and other kinds of trauma.
00:01 The many faces of shame (below is the Shame Compass that Dr. Langberg refers to in this section)
28:05 The trauma of sexual abuse
36:07 The shape of healing: talk, tears, time
This summer, Hannah Cherry, a Spiritual Life intern at Helping Up Mission, helped some of our clients create “video postcards” to send to their loved ones. Some of the men desired also to make their videos public, in the hopes that it would encourage others. Here are four of their videos, along with Hannah’s reflections. Adam When Adam came in to shoot his video postcard, he had not been here for long, and I could tell he was nervous. He …Read More
“When I saw my daddy in the hospital, I made a promise I would stop. I made a promise to him, and I stopped for a while. But it took a toll when he died… and I couldn’t help it.”
Read more at helpingupmission.org/stories/jackier
‘Giving back to the community has always been a high priority for the Delbert Adams Construction Group (DACG). This past month, the DACG team spent time planning, constructing and building a brand new security guard booth for the Helping Up Mission (HUM) in Baltimore, MD…” To read the rest of this article click here courtesy of citybizlist: BaltimoreRead More
The Appalachian Trail
We went on a two-day wilderness retreat with 10 HUM clients and 5 men from St. Mo’s Church. Together we walked and talked the 17 miles of the Appalachian Trail that end in Harper’s Ferry, WV.
Video edited by HUM client Ashanti.
As we have each spring and fall for the past several years, we took two groups of 40 men to Camp Wabanna in Edgewater, Maryland, for an overnight retreat experience.
Day 1 photos by HUM client Jesse.
Day 2 photos by HUM client Ashanti.
“Before, I had no desire to really dig. I was too afraid of what I would find. Now I know that there is no hope of hope if I don’t do what is uncomfortable.”
Read more at helpingupmission.org/stories/jakeh
“I’m a big people pleaser. I’ll go out of my way just to be accepted in some shape or form… I did whatever I could to fit in wherever I could, just for that reassurance that I’m a good person. I was always the one at the bar who would buy the round of drinks for everybody, and come the end of the night I’m broke.
“So now I work on the 4th floor treatment office… it has helped me because I can’t let people slide – we have to hold people accountable. I have to be fair but firm, and I think that’s helping me because I can’t be everyone’s best friend.
“It’s given me the chance to say no to people, it gives me a chance to set that boundary. Rather than pleasing them so that they will accept me, I know that God accepts me, and I know that I can work through Him to make someone else happy.”
—— Randy, 4 months 22 days clean and sober
While in recovery from substance abuse, Randy is finding freedom from an life-long pattern that contributed to his addiction: people-pleasing. See how his work therapy in the Treatment Office has proved particularly helpful in overcoming his codependent tendencies.
“…That is when things started to go downhill for me, once I deleted God out of my life and pushed him to the side, that is when I started to do some really, really sad things.”
Read more at helpingupmission.org/stories/davidh