ClereStory (pronounced CLEAR-STORY)
In architecture, the clerestory is the highest level of a wall containing windows above eye level that let in light. In the clerestory workshops, programs, and trips we take a high level look at your life and shine new light on the pivotal stories that have shaped who you believe you are meant to be in the world. Join us and learn how your life story produced your present and can propel your future.
Using the Past to Heal the Present
The trauma that countless people experience during childhood can have devastating consequences on their future. ClereConscience is a healing program that addresses the emotional wellness needs of young adults and parents with a history of abuse – emotional, physical, and substance. ClereConscience works with participants to help them identify their trauma induced self-limiting beliefs, learn from them, overcome their influence, and create a new empowering narrative about who they can become in the world.
The Issue Being Addressed
Emotional trauma is a growing epidemic with dire results. According to a study conducted by the 2008 Presidential Task Force on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma in Children and Adolescents, up to 85% of youth in our target population have witnessed community violence, nearly 66% have been the victim of violence, 25% to 43% have been exposed to sexual abuse and 60% of adults have experienced some form of abuse in their childhood. A similar study concluded that anyone who experiences trauma is:
About the Program
The ClereConscience program facilitates one-day seminars using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and personal narratives, as tools for overcoming the prolonged impact of emotional trauma. The program targets parents with a personal history of childhood trauma as well as young adults between the ages of 18 and 24, and provides them with the tools to both identify the root source of trauma and overcome its impact. Individuals in the program take part in an eight-hour intensive course designed to walk them through the process of separating their sense of self-worth, personal value and meaning, from past pain. A licensed clinical therapist and a survivor of trauma facilitate seminars.
NOTE: The ClereStory Education Fund (formerly Faith for Change) is a designated 501C3 charity.
All donations are tax deductible.
The ClereConscience Toolkit contains proven therapeutic exercises that we have curated from licensed professional therapists in our network. Although we highly recommend one-on-one counseling with a professional therapist, we also recognize that doing so is not always the starting point when looking to heal your story. Our toolkit is designed to provide you with activities you can do on your own.