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Hello! I hope that you are safe and well.
I go by "Shannon Michael."
I'm a trauma-integrating somatic spiritual director. My scope of practice integrates traumatology (the study of trauma), Applied Polyvagal Theory, Applied Attachment Theory, and Internal Family Systems with the Wisdom Traditions.
I believe that spiritual direction is intended to help us establish (where absent), cultivate (where present), and restore (where damaged) the connections to our Inner Wisdom in the Somatic relationships with our Self, others, Spirit, and the planet. My trauma-integrating perspective holds safe, brave, and complex space to be with and work with the trauma ruptures and residues as you make that journey toward wholeness.
My website has links to my online learning platform, portions of my own writing, and numerous other resources. If I can support your journey, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.
Shannon Michael Pater
M.A.R., M.Div., Psy.D. | Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
"Foundations of Trauma-Supporting Spiritual Care" Essays
A three-part essay series that examines the intersection of spirituality and trauma and defines a three-tiered scope of practice for support.
Brief descriptions of upcoming courses are below.
For more information, click the button for the course or go to the online learning center.
A new course schedule will be published in early September.
Pre-Recorded and Live Sessions
Currently over 14 hours of previous Live Sessions are posted.
Next Live Sessions:
Fridays, October 13, 20, 27, and November 3, 10 & 17 2023
1:00pm EST | 12:00pm CST | 11:00am MST | 10:00am PST
90-minute Live Sessions
Foundations of Trauma-Supporting Spiritual Care is designed to facilitate the contemplative development of a skillful scope of practice for spiritual care providers. The course will:
A Preview Course
Preview courses are a way to have early access to course content at a lower-cost. For details about Preview Courses, click here.
Modules 1, 2, and 3 have been recorded and posted - over 6 hours of content!
Next Live Session: Date coming soon!
1:00pm EDT | 12:00pm CDT | 11:00am MDT | 10:00am PDT
2-hour Live Sessions
A perspective of spiritual abuse that weaves a trauma-supporting integration of neurobiology (Applied Polyvagal Theory), Applied Attachment Theory, Applied Internal Family Systems, and the Wisdom Traditions.
The Wisdom Traditions tell us that suffering is unavoidable; there are storms and seasons, breaches and betrayals of trust.
“Spirituality” concerns our connection to everything. “Trauma” is our isolation, fragmentation, & disassociation and is what happens inside of us when we suffer without compassionate companionship.
Trauma-Informed Spiritual Direction is a supported journey of the restoration of safe and nurturing connections with our selves, others, Spirit, and the planet.