MIN104: Wounded Healers: Holistic Addiction Recovery & Self-Care

Course Description

This course takes students through a process of holistic addiction recovery and self-care. Henri Nouwen popularized the concept that the best counselors and ministers are Wounded Healers: “When our wounds cease to be a source of shame, and become a source of healing, we have become wounded healers.”

As Wounded Healers, our approach to recovery and in this course is to 1) Learn, 2) Do and 3) Teach. As such, students in this course will Learn and Do steps of a holistic recovery and self-care process so that they can later teach and counsel others through a similar process.

As Rick Warren has stated, “There are only two kinds of people: Those who understand they’re broken and need recovery, and those who are in denial.” This course will only work for those who are in the first group and view themselves in lifelong recovery. If you do not view yourself as being in recovery, then this course will not be a good fit with you, since in this course you will be developing (or refining) your own holistic plan for recovery and life balance.

This course can be taken as a part of our Wounded Healers Program, which is a program where we provide 1) Courses, 2) Intensive Support and 3) Scholarships for students who are graduates of residential addiction recovery or re-entry programs. 

This course involves four live Zoom meetings every other week, which are a very important part of the course. The live Zoom meetings will be:  Every other Thursday (Weeks 2, 4, 6 & 8) at 7:00-8:00 Central Time. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule that time to ensure they can be present during those meetings.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe your journey as a wounded healer and reflect on your recovery journey to take a proactive approach to recovery. (week 1)
  2. Developing a long-term holistic plan for life balance and relapse prevention after completing an addiction recovery workbook covering the following components (weeks 2-8)
    • Healing from stress, trauma and the past (week 2)
    • Addressing negative thought patterns and renewing your mind (week 3)
    • Fostering skills and habits for improving emotional regulation (week 4)
    • Developing healthy relationships and support networks (week 5)
    • Improving physical self-care and avoiding high risk situations (week 6)
    • Implementing lifestyle changes and boundaries for self-care (week 7)


Course Materials & Tuition 

Freedman, P. A. (2018). The Addiction Recovery Workbook: Powerful Skills for Preventing Relapse Every Day (Workbook edition). Althea Press. $9.99 (Kindle)
McWilliams, J. (2022). Restore My Soul: Reimagining Self-Care for a Sustainable Life. NavPress. $12.99 (Kindle)
Tuition $800.00
Total Cost of Course $818.88