Making Sense of Your Past Worth

The Making Sense of Your Past (Worth) curriculum was developed by Cindy R. Lee, LCSW and is utilized at HALO Project International. It was the result of several pilot groups consisting of survivors of domestic violence and other groups of foster and adoptive parents. There were significant changes in the self-worth scores of the participants and the women were able to learn and embrace new parenting strategies upon completion of this program.

The Making Sense of Your Past Worth curriculum is designed as an 8 week, two hours a week, group class. It is run by licensed professionals but can also be run by a professional with trauma training. The curriculum is also designed to be adaptable for one hour a week counseling sessions. The curriculum is ideal for a professional who works with individuals desiring to get to a place of secure attachment. It will help those you serve replace shame with positive self-worth.

We often hear, “How do I change my attachment style?” This curriculum gives them the step-by-step process to do so. Here is what some of the participants from the last training said:

  • “I feel like this curriculum has the potential to heal and lead to beauty in the world plagued by self-hate, trauma and confusion.”
  • “HALO’s work and this curriculum is a gift to the world! We can’t describe how grateful we are!”
  • “Thank you so much for providing the training. It was a healing process for me and I anticipate it being powerful for my clients. This is something I have been looking for.”
  • “This is the missing piece. This answers the question of “what now?”
  • “I couldn’t help but think of mothers in just my neighborhood alone – not even families in the child welfare system – how this would greatly impact their lives and their families.”
  • “This curriculum was able to fill the gaps of many places in my own journey.”

Who Can Attend: LCSW’s, LPC’s, LADC’s, LMFT’s, PhD’s or those currently under licensure supervision. In addition, those with training in trauma may also apply.

Cost to Attend (Virtual & In-Person): $710.00 

Time Commitment: MSOYW is a 4 Day Training from 9:00 – 4:30 each day. There is a fifth day with optional breakout sessions. See below for details about these breakout sessions. 

What is Included? The cost of the training covers lunch, beverages and light snacks each day (Oklahoma City location only.) Those attending will receive a Making Sense of Your Past (Worth) Facilitator’s Manual, a Making Sense of Your Past (Worth) Participant’s Guide and Teen Journal, and a Dropbox link with the Participant’s Guide and Teen Journal for future use. 

Disclaimer: Participants attending this training will be doing their own personal work in order to learn the curriculum. How much work you do and how much you share with your table mates is completely up to you. We suggest bringing any self-care items you might need to the training. The participants in the first training made significant changes in improving their overall self-worth. To many, this was an unexpected gift.

How to Apply: Due to limited seating, there is an application process to attend this training. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Optional 5th Day of Training: There will be an optional 5th day of training.

Morning Session: Survivors of Domestic Violence Curriculum Version 9:00-12:00 ($75.00)

This session will cover the version of the Making Sense of Your Worth curriculum for survivors of domestic violence. There are changes in language to the Participant’s Guide and a few changes and adjustments to the curriculum to better meet the needs of this population. Those attending will get the changes to the curriculum, a participant’s guide as well as these additions on the flash drive. Participants must have attended the 4 day Making Sense of Your Worth Training to attend this session. Working with survivors of domestic violence requires specialty training.  If you are interested in learning more about working with this population or work with this population already this training will further your knowledge.  Although all may attend, it is recommended that only licensed, under-supervision clinicians and those familiar with the population utilize this due to the deeper clinical content. 

Afternoon Session: Anchored: A Bible Study On Self-Worth 1:00-3:30pm ($75.00)

Although the Making Sense of Your Worth curriculum is secular and clinical, we are offering an optional session of training for those interested learning more about facilitating a lighter faith based version of the curriculum.  Anchored: A Bible Study on Self Worth is for those wanting to offer a faith-based version to faith-based populations. This session will add faith-based experiential exercises as well as instruction on how to lead this study.  Those attending will also receive a notebook copy of the study. 

Commonly Asked Questions

Is an online or "virtual" option available for this training?

Due to the demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual training option will be offered. Please complete the TBD Training application to register for the virtual training option.

Are CEU’s available for this training?

Yes, CEU’s for LCSW, LADC, LMFT and LPC are awaiting approval. Please note, these CEU’s will be provided to local clinicians. Those outside of the host state will be given a certificate and Oklahoma CEU to present to their local licensure boards.

How can I use the material once I am trained?

This curriculum is designed for group work but is adaptable for one-hour a week counseling sessions. Those who are not licensed professionals or under supervision can use the curriculum designed for individuals who desire secure attachment.

It is not recommended for those who are not licensed, under supervision, or have training working with this specific population to use the curriculum designed for survivors of domestic violence or with individuals with heavy trauma histories. We recommend referring these individuals to a professional for trauma services. 

Can I train my co-workers in the Making Sense of Your Past (Worth) Curriculum?

No, this curriculum is designed to only be used by those who attend the Making Sense of Your Past (Worth) training. It is not designed to be a train-the-trainer program. Our hope is to offer multiple trainings per year to meet the needs of those who desire this content.

Can we request to host the Making Sense of Your Past (Worth) Training to be held in our area?

Yes, if you would like our trainers to come and train this curriculum in your area, please contact Hannah Wedel at hannahe@haloprojectokc.org. Please keep in mind there is limited travel space on the calendar!

Is the material designed for those who have experienced relational trauma or anybody desiring positive self-worth or secure attachment?

The material is designed for anybody who seeks to gain secure attachment and/or positive self-worth. There are two versions of the curriculum, one for anybody and one for survivors of domestic violence or those with relational trauma histories.

What if I have received training in trauma but am not a licensed professional, can I still use the curriculum?

Those who are not licensed professionals or under supervision can use the curriculum designed for individuals who desire secure attachment. It is not recommended for those who are not licensed, under supervision, or have training working with this specific population to use the curriculum designed for survivors of domestic violence or with individuals with heavy trauma histories. We recommend referring these individuals to a professional for trauma services.

Is this curriculum faith-based?

The Making Sense of Your Past (Worth) curriculum is a secular curriculum designed for professionals.  There is a lighter bible study version of this curriculum available on Amazon.com entitled Anchored: A Bible Study on Self-Worth by Cindy R. Lee, LCSW.  An additional optional breakout session is offered on the fifth day of training from 1:00 – 3:30pm.  Participants must have attended the 4 day Making Sense of Your Worth Training to attend this session.  This session will add faith-based experiential exercises as well as instruction on how to lead this study.  Those attending will receive a notebook copy of the study.  Cost for this session of training is $75. There will be limited space available.