Our Model of Healing
As mentioned previously, the Heal for Life Foundation is unique for many reasons. Some of those reasons stem from the model of healing designed to help in recovery and providing support to survivors of childhood trauma.
Programs for survivors, by survivors
Survivors understand survivors. We are brought together in solidarity against the various traumatic incidents they have experienced. This is why the Heal for Life Foundation is run by survivors of childhood trauma.
This provides the best support in helping other understand the confusion, pain, and suffering that accompanies childhood trauma and abuse. These staff survivors are carefully selected and trained in order to accompany guests on their healing journey.
The Heal for Life Foundation recognises how important it is for survivors to heal in a safe place. Healing cannot happen if we don’t feel safe. Confidentiality is a top priority and guest safety is always at the forefront of decision-making.
Who We Are
Understanding how trauma affects the brain. Research looks at how psychological and emotional abuse can be similar or sometimes worse for the brain in comparison to physical or sexual abuse. No matter the type of trauma or abuse, any singular or linked event can create a lasting impact on your life and mental health. The goal is to understand everyone is deserving of support, no matter how large or small they may think their trauma is.Community living. Heal for Life Foundation is a healthy, loving, and functioning community. Together, guests, volunteers, and facilitators all engage in spiritual reflection, meal preparation, sharing meals, and community work as part of the healing week. Understanding the role of power and authority. Abuse can create a sensitivity around other people who choose to abuse their power. To counter this, the Heal for Life Foundation treats all guests respectfully and equally. All community members are equal, and the healing journey focuses on support rather than telling, advising, or attempting to fix or control someone.
Creating responsibility within survivors to regain individual power. All guests choose to take part in the provided programs. They attend when they want to rather than when others demand it. Each individual takes responsibility for their actions, behaviour, and emotions. The intent is for guests to feel support while creating their own sense of autonomy shaped by decisions, choices, and the answers within themselves.John Stewart
Creating a connection for healing. Research shows that as survivors, we recognise and understand that we have to express and unlock those emotions that were shut down as a response to trauma. We did what it took to survive – now we will do what it takes to heal. We look at reconnecting and re-empowering the child within in order to heal. Our focus is the expression and acknowledgement of the emotions that are tied in with the trauma.Alex Hill
Respecting time. Typically, the Heal for Life program takes place over a week, with guests deciding what parts of the program fit into their healing journey. After, guests are encouraged to continue this journey after leaving the centre with the ability to return when they need to. Ideally, guests should look to take a three-month time gap between different healing weeks for the maximum benefit.Rose Julia