I. PROFESSIONAL STAFF DEVELOPMENT TRAININGS 

SEXUALITY & SEXUAL ABUSE

Hush Hush: Discovering how culture impacts sexuality & sexual abuse and how the silence affects our clients

VICARIOUS TRAUMA & WELLNESS

The Power of Transformation: Identifying & overcoming how vicarious trauma impacts our work


II. SUPPORT GROUPS & PROGRAMS

Hush Hush the Healing Project - Hush Hush is a play written by Aquaila Barnes that explores a family deals with the disclosure of sexual abuse. It is inspired by a non-fiction book of the same title written by, DeShannon Bowens. Presentations can showcase a shortened version of the play with actors or video clips of Hush Hush, followed by educational discussion with the playwright and author on sexuality myths, sexual abuse in families and prevention.

Taking Back My Life - an eight week support group to empower women survivors of sexual abuse and intimate partner violence. This is a Center of Spiritual Light program that ILERA co-sponsors and facilitates.

Open Your Heart - a proactive program that bridges the gap between teenagers and adults to honestly communicate about sexuality in a safe environment. Parents, guardians and their teenage children explore what they were taught about sexuality and learn new ways to truly listen to each other with love and respect.

The Power of Transformation − a program that identifies how vicarious trauma affects clinicians, human service providers, foster care parents, clergy, chaplains and other caregivers. Wellness and self-care strategies are learned to minimize the negative effects of vicarious trauma.

Our Brothers, Our Allies - a ten week sexual violence prevention education group for men and boys. By the end of the program, men and boys become committed allies to end sexual violence.


III. KEYNOTES & CONFERENCES

DeShannon Bowens delivers customized talks & presentations on spirituality, sexuality and sexual abuse highlighting her book Hush Hush as well as inspirational messages on freedom, love & healing. Agencies, universities and conference chairs may request the author for an event or speaking engagement at info@ilera.com

IV. COUNSELING

Individuals and couples18 years of age or older may inquire about in person or Skype counseling sessions. Pre-marital counseling is availalbe for couples in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. If you are interested in having support to address sexuality, sexual abuse or spirituality related issues please contact us at bowens@ilera.com to inquire about fees and availability.