CFSAW provides programs in two areas: training and supervision, with an emphasis on service with people on the margins of our society; and volunteer opportunities that emphasize relationship and skills development, such as mentoring and soul care.

Formation for Soul Care with Those on the Margins

Couple reading outsideFor new and experienced Spiritual Directors

In a time marked by constant change, discernment becomes increasingly important and spiritual companionship helps in the recognition of what is enduring. It is for these reasons that we commit ourselves to the education and the continued development of spiritual directors through our Formation Program for Soul Care with Those on the Margins.  


Soul Healing - Advanced Certificate in Trauma Spiritual Care

Soul Healing responds to the needs of spiritual directors, ministers, chaplains, pastoral care workers and social service workers to more effectively address the soul care issues that emerge following natural disasters, tragedy, or violence in the community. Our commitment to those who live in poverty and on the margins has enabled us to develop an expertise in the spiritual aspects of a healing response to trauma.


Elder Wisdom

Spirituality for the Second Half of Life

The Wisdom Center, started by Sr. Macrina Scott, OSF, has merged with the Center for Spirituality at Work. We are excited to continue serving individuals nearing or in retirement with programs focused on a spirituality of aging and the gifts that elders bring to the community.


Vie Thorgren presenting at Spirituality in the Marketplace programSpirituality in the Marketplace

CFSAW founder Dr. Vie Thorgren is available to provide workshops, keynotes, and retreats for businesses, nonprofits, churches and civic organizations in the area of spirituality and work. Programs may be a few hours, a full day, an entire
weekend, or a series of events.


Making Choices
Women linked together

Services for women – in prison and during re-entry

Since 1999, Making Choices has brought together more than 700 incarcerated women with volunteer teachers and mentors. Once released, graduates participate in advocacy efforts through our Women's Voices speaker's bureau, and help to train new volunteers.


Spiritual Direction with Women in Prison

A Volunteer Opportunity for Spiritual Directors

What is the responsibility of the spiritual director for those living on the margins? Service of sisters and brothers on the margins is essential for spiritual growth; this is reflected in every religious tradition.

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