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Sodalits participate in a conference on training support

More than 170 people from seven Latin American countries met in Mexico, from July 18th to 20th, on the occasion of the 1st International Congress of Formative Accompaniment in situations of trauma and abuse. Among them, our brothers Martín Ugarteche, Daniel Calderón and Father Christian Yamanija.

One of the moments of the International Congress of Training Accompaniment.

One of the moments of the International Congress of Training Accompaniment.

The event was organized by the Interdisciplinary Research and Training Center for the Protection of Minors (CEPROME) and the Lumen Gentium Catholic University. For three days, several experts provided various approaches to provide adequate training support to candidates for religious or consecrated life who have gone through situations of trauma or abuse, with the aim of having adequate and healthy training environments.

Our brother Martín Ugarteche, trainer responsible for the integration time, immediate preparation for incorporation into the Sodalitium, shared his impressions about the congress. “Something that a speaker said caught my attention, that trauma is a very common reality in human life, which is why it is important to be able to identify its manifestations, to help people start a therapeutic path, accompanied by people prepared”.

Martín highlighted the importance of a comprehensive approach in the therapeutic path. “We cannot reduce training to the intellectual or the ascetic, but rather have a broader view of the person as a being in relationship and the human body as the means we have to cultivate our relationships in an authentic way”, he added.

From left to right Martín Ugarteche, Father Christian Yamanija and Daniel Calderón.

From left to right Martín Ugarteche, Father Christian Yamanija and Daniel Calderón.

For his part, Daniel Calderón, responsible for Safe Environments at the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, shared some learnings from this event. He highlighted “the importance given to generating bonds of trust between those accompanied and companions, and how this space can be an occasion for personal growth and maturity for both”.

He also added that “support should never be mechanized, but rather highly personalized, according to the characteristics and reality of each candidate, only in this way can they be helped to integrate their own personal history; From there we better understand the great responsibility of those who have this task of accompaniment, which requires adequate preparation to provide this important service”.

A call to create safer spaces

During the event, Dr. Patricia Espinosa, member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and member of the CEPROME board, called for the creation of safer ecclesial institutions.

At another time, she explained the devastating consequences that abuse can have on the integral development of the person, mentioning disconnection, autobiographical amnesia and the inability to project a healthy future. She stressed that sexual abuse of minors leaves deep marks on the emotional, cognitive and spiritual schemas of the victims, affecting their way of facing the world.

Topics for reflection at the congress

Participants gathered at the congress to reflect on crucial issues in the care of trauma and abuse in candidates for religious life.

During one of the conferences.

During one of the conferences.

Some of the topics addressed were: Effects of trauma and abuse on psychological, existential and spiritual development. Psychological and training support in training centers for trauma and abuse in childhood and adolescence. Spiritual accompaniment in training houses for trauma and abuse in childhood and adolescence.

Priest Daniel Portillo, director of the Latin American Council of CEPROME, called for the creation of codes of conduct in formative accompaniment, to guarantee safe environments free of abuse.

Participants of the I International Congress of Training Support in situations of trauma and abuse.

Participants of the I International Congress of Training Support in situations of trauma and abuse.

Finally, the “I International Congress of Training Accompaniment in situations of trauma and abuse”, has been a meeting and learning space for specialists and people committed to the protection of minors in the religious sphere. Training and reflection on these issues allow us to move towards a Church with safe environments and committed to healing the wounds of the past and preventing future abuse.