January 18 - March 8, 2022

Eight Zoom Sessions: Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm PT

Have you ever had the experience of working with someone who seems so stuck that nothing seems to breakthrough? Oftentimes, what hinders forward movement in a conversation, whether it be with a directee, client, friend, etc., is the presence of shame. One of the many problems with shame is… you cannot talk someone out of it. Shame is the most powerful force in the lives of people…apart from grace. Through the process of inner healing, shame can be dismantled in a way to allow an experience of grace to breakthrough. Katie Skurja will host the conversation to explore the use of Inner Healing in various forms of companioning. There will be some practical and experiential application aspects in order for participants to gain confidence in the use of Inner Healing in their work. Prerequisite: Experience Integration Healing.

Paradox Lost & Imago Dei Ministry's Reflection Cards

Paradox Lost: Uncovering Your True Identity in Christ and the Reflection Cards are required for this course. You can order them from Imago Dei Ministries for $45 includes shipping in the US. Check out the Imago Dei Ministry's site for more information.
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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • A message from Katie

    • How to use this course

    • Card Activity | Introductions

    • Course Syllabus | Subject to change as we move along

    • Pre Class Work | True Identity: Self as an M&M

  • 2

    Week One | Introduction

    • Zoom Chat | 1/18/22; Tuesday at 5-6:30pm PT

    • Week One Assignment | One Thing I Learned ~ One Question I Have

    • Week One | Video and Audio Recording

    • Handout | Layers of Self M&M

    • Homework | Drama Triangle

    • Handout | Two Triangles: Right-side Up & Upside- down

    • Additional Resource | Living Upside Down - Prodigal Son Exercise

    • Introductory Video | Inner Healing - Getting God's Perspective

    • Handout | Four Areas of Relationship

  • 3

    Week Two | Healing the Image of God

    • Pre-Class Card Activity | Father, Son, Holy Spirit and You

    • Zoom Chat | 1/25/22; Tuesday at 5-6:30pm PT

    • Week Two Assignment | One Thing I Learned ~ One Question I Have

    • Prayer Demonstration | Davina

    • Prayer Demo_Astrid

    • Handout | The Welcoming Prayer

    • Homework | Original Shame

    • Homework | Brad Jersak - The Gospel in Chairs

    • Handout | Imbach's Wager, Brad Jersak with Stephen Imbach

    • Handout | Step by Step Prayer

    • Handout | Asking Questions

    • Handout | Oneness vs Separation Light vs. Hierarchy

    • Week Two | Video and Audio Recordings

    • Optional Homework for Week Two | Brad Jersak on Atonement

  • 4

    Week Three | Healing the Image of Self

    • Pre-class Card Activity | Good, Bad and Ugly

    • Zoom Chat | 2/1/22; Tuesday at 5-6:30pm PT

    • Week Three Assignment | One Thing I Learned ~ One Question I Have

    • Week Three | Video and Audio Recordings

    • Handouts | Paradox Prayers

    • Reading | Chapter 10 - From Darkness into Light - Paradox Prayer

    • YouTube | Let the Children Teach

    • Handouts | Case Studies

    • Prayer Demonstration | Craig

    • Assignment | Inner Healing Assignment

    • Handout | Oneness vs. Separation Illustrations

    • Homework | First Guinea Pig

    • Prayer Demo_Gabe

    • Prayer Demo_Sasha

    • Quadrants Sheet

    • Getting Above the Wall

  • 5

    Week Four | Discussion Session

    • Zoom Chat | 2/8/22; Tuesday at 5-6:30pm PT

    • Week Four Assignment | One Thing I Learned ~ One Question I Have

    • Week Four | Video and Audio Recordings

    • Prayer Demo_Cassandra

    • Activity | Identifying Shame Word Lists

    • The Mom Podcast | Baxter Kruger: I am Caroline

    • Reading | Chapter 11 - Just Add Water

    • Homework | Inner Healing Assignment

    • Prayer Demonstration | Allison

    • Prayer Demonstration | Esther

    • Case Study | Jenna Part 1 & 2

    • Babies Hearing for the First Time

  • 6

    Week Five | Healing in Relationship with Others

    • Pre-class Card Activity | Self with Another

    • Zoom Chat | 2/15/22; Tuesday at 5-6:30pm PT

    • Week Five Assignment | One Thing I Learned ~ One Question I Have

    • Week Five | Video and Audio Recording

    • Different Kinds of Mushrooms | Guide to Discernment

    • Reading | Chapter 12 - The River Journey

    • Podcast | The Mom Podcast - Riverbed Prayer Exercise

    • Handout | Goals and Assumptions

    • Prayer Demonstration | Eva

    • Prayer Demonstration | Ellyn

    • Prayer | When the Holy Thaws by St Teresa of Avila

    • Becky Sharing Good, Bad, Ugly, and the Beauty of Her Son

  • 7

    Week Six | Healing in Relationship to Creation

    • Pre Class Card Activity | Self with Creation

    • Zoom Chat | 2/22/22; Tuesday at 5-6:30pm PT

    • Week Six Assignment | One Thing I Learned ~ One Question I Have

    • Week Six | Video and Audio Recording

    • Handout | Degrees of Separation

    • Handouts | New Quadrants Sheets

    • Handout | Oneness vs Separation Light vs. Hierarchy

    • Prayer Demonstration | CJ

    • Prayer Demonstration | Eric - Taming the Lion

    • Homework | Second Guinea Pig Practice Session

    • Prayer Demo_Nancy

    • Homework | The Experimenter

  • 8

    Week Seven | Discussion Session

    • Zoom Chat | 3/1/22; Tuesday at 5-6:30pm PT

    • Week Seven Assignment | One Thing I Learned ~ One Question I Have

    • Week Seven | Video and Audio Recording

    • Activity | Burden Bearing Exercise

    • Survey | Inner Healing Community Survey

    • Assignment | Inner Healing Assignment

    • Prayer Demonstration | Hope

    • Handout | Oneness vs. Separation

    • YouTube | Let the Children Teach Longer Version

    • Homework | Movie: Experimenter - The Stanley Milgram Studies

    • Case Study | Burden Bearing Exercise- Taking Off the Heavy Cloak

    • Prayer Demonstration | Chris

    • Handout | Drama Rescuing vs. Christ

    • Podcast | Rethinking God with Tacos - Discovering Our Humanity w/ Katie Skurja

    • Choose Your Own Adventure: Last Class Ideas

  • 9

    Week Eight | Four Relationships

    • Zoom Chat | 3/8/22; Tuesday at 5-6:30pm PT

    • Week Eight Assignment | One Thing I Learned ~ One Question I Have

    • Course Evaluation

    • Week Eight | Video and Audio Recording

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Katie Skurja

Catherine “Katie” Skurja is the founder and director of Imago Dei Ministries. Deeply rooted in and dedicated to Trinitarian principles, the ministry’s purpose is to help people everywhere engage in a Christ-centered healing process that transforms relationships with God, self, and others. Her greatest passion is to accompany people in the journey of discovering who they are in their Imago Dei (image of God). With training as a counselor, spiritual director, and in the work of inner healing prayer, Katie combines the three disciplines to help guide people through the layers of false self and shame in order to bring about the integration of the whole person. Katie and Jim have been married for 33 years and have two grown sons as well as a few “adopted” daughters with whom they share life. She loves to garden, hike, walk on the beach, cook, and read. For more information on her work, check out Imago Dei Ministries.


Cathy Jo Finch

Cathy Jo is a life long questioner. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Montana. She is a wife and mother of three grown children. CJ claims to be a professional volunteer, serving on the boards of Youth for Christ and Care Net of Missoula in various capacities; teaching in high schools on Healthy Relationships; and leading diverse groups in Bible and book studies. She has a huge heart for bringing people together to question, think, heal and grow in their relationship with the Trinity and each other. Learning how to hold difference within the body of Christ is huge for her. Cathy Jo is just now starting a Masters in Ministry which will either answer some of her many questions or, more likely, raise many more.