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The Journey to Hope: Overcoming Abuse

The Journey to Hope: Overcoming Abuse

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The Journey to Hope is for the many - far too many - who have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional abuse and neglect. It is a journey of healing for those of us who have been hurt, abused, belittled, or shamed; who have felt betrayed, blamed or confused. Everyone's story is unique. Some are able to describe their abuse, while others struggle to find words to explain what happened. No matter where you are or what happened, your story matters. The path towards healing can be painful and incredibly challenging at times. The Journey to Hope will guide you in navigating and persevering through the pain. As you face the past abuse, you willbe free to move forward unencumbered by the pain and shame others have caused. As healing begins, life-giving hope returns. If you seek healing, hope and a life restored, The Journey to Hope is for you.More... The journey to Hope was written to help those who have suffered from abuse, neglect or trauma. It was also written for friends, family and professionals who want to understand and to help. The author writes, "I once led a 10-week support group for those who had been sexually abused. During our first two weeks I told everyone that they would have the opportunity to share their story during the last two weeks (this is what therapists refer to as the Trauma Narrative, considered key to healing). When week 9 arrived and I asked who would like to share, only one person volunteered. So, for the last session I compiled various checklists related to the who, what, why, when and how of abuse - checklists that provided the words to describe, explain and express what had happened. Once they were given these and completed them, everyone in the group decided to share." Woven within the pages of this book are many of the steps considered essential in trauma recovery. You chose how involved you want to be - depending on your level of emotional safety and support - whether to first learn about the trauma of abuse or to also complete various checklists which focus on individual recovery. This book guides the abused through the process of sharing their story in a way that is helpful and non-retraumatizing. The information and checklists take you on an intentional healing adventure, not always smooth and pain-free, but definitely worth the destination - Hope.

Author: Becca C. Johnson
Publisher: Rescue Freedom International
Published: 08/14/2018
Pages: 226
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.64lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.52d
ISBN: 9780998980003

About the Author
Dr. Becca Johnson is a recognized and respected leader with a passion to help the hurting heal. With over 25 years of experience as a licensed psychologist she brings a unique perspective and set of skills that enable a holistic approach to recovery and restoration for survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation. Currently, Dr. Johnson serves as the International Training Director for Rescue: Freedom International, a non-profit organization that empowers the rescue and restoration of those trapped in sexual slavery and prevents exploitation. As a sought after expert, she has provided training for those working with victims of sexual abuse, human trafficking, and exploitation. She trains on topics such as trauma care and recovery to programs globally and has provided training for International Justice Mission (IJM), Shared Hope International, Salvation Army and many other organizations. Last year alone she trained over 2,000 social workers, care providers and clinicians from 45 countries in workshops and clinics held in 14 countries. Dr. Johnson is the clinical advisor for Engedi Refuge, a recovery home for sexually exploited women. She has provided individual and group therapy as well as training for their staff and volunteers. Since 2006, she has consulted and trained on sex-trafficking victim aftercare for Agape International Mission (AIM), both in the United States and abroad. She is actively involved with Royal Family KIDS (in both North and South America) and Teen Reach Adventure Camp - camp, club, and mentoring programs for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. Dr. Johnson also founded TRuST (Trauma Recovery for Survivors of Trafficking), a collaborative anti-trafficking network of mental health professionals. Dr. Johnson is the author of books on child abuse (For Their Sake: Recognizing, Responding and Reporting Child Abuse, ACA, 1991), guilt (Good Guilt, Bad Guilt, IVP, 1996) and anger (Overcoming Emotions that Destroy, co-authored with Chip Ingram, Baker Books, 2008). Becca and her husband live in Bellingham, Washington (USA) and have five grown children.

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