As part of the Mending the Soul (MTS) organization in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Princess Lost program for sex trafficking victims is one part of a beautifully orchestrated approach to resources for victims and awareness of the issue. With local and international involvement, a snowball effect has been created for demand for the materials and the unique approach of the curriculum. The curriculum has been field tested over the past two years, but will not be available for purchase until this Saturday. MTS is hosting a Princess Lost celebration and will debut the resources for sexually abused and trafficked girls.
Celestia is the President and Founder of the non-profit organization, MTS, which has this purpose:
Our vision is to provide research* based curriculum and resources to equip and train the faith based community at large on the nature and effects of abuse, sexual brokenness, and healthy intimacy and to serve and partner with community agencies to prevent and respond to abuse.
* Biblical/theological, scientific and social science research
As a licensed clinical therapist for nearly 10 years, Celestia had a private counseling practice and was founder and Clinical Supervisor of Professional Counseling Associates in Mesa, Arizona. Her expertise is in the areas of children and abuse, trauma, marriage, intimacy, and sexuality.
The Tracys realized that churches and communities were sorely lacking in resources to aid those devastated by sexual, physical and emotional abuse. They founded MTS in 2003, and Steve wrote Mending the Soul as theological tool for helping the survivors deal with their abuse. Celestia followed up with writing a manual that is used in 12 week small groups that walk through the healing process together.
Now, Celestia has developed the Princess Lost curriculum which is designed to touch the wounded hearts, minds and spirits of the young ladies who have survived every kind of abuse and humiliation imaginable by mankind. After extensive research of current practices, therapeutic modalities, and scriptural principles, she found a need for a community-based model of healing. Survivors are trained , after going through their own healing process, to be peer mentors to girls starting the process of recovery. MTS purposes to train a pool of mentors to be outsourced to agencies dealing with sexual abuse victims in every city.
The MTS/Princess Lost program has had incredible results in a short time, even before it has been released to the public. In 2011 alone Mending the Soul:
- Served 22 sexually trafficked girls & young women
- Developed 20 MTS/Princess Lost Mentors
- Trained 300 leaders of faith nationally & internationally
- Trained 50 shelter caregivers nationally
- Trained 140 Princess Lost Mentors nationally
- Resourced approximately 160 free healing groups
- Offered 7 Free Princess Lost Concerts
- Served in two juvenile detention facilities
- Trained 400+ caregivers of sexually trafficked girls in Mexico City
In addition to this work, Celestia teaches and speaks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Mending the Soul, children and abuse, healthy sexuality and counseling. She does consulting with churches, counseling clinics and secular organizations, and has writtern several books. Another current involvement is her work with a team of writers and artists to create and produce a continual stream of curricula. Celestia and Steve are connected with rape and trafficking survivors and the communities around them in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they have done extensive research and several seminars.
Next: The worldwide impact of Mending the Soul and Princess Lost
Part 1: Princess Lost: A healing curriculum for sexually trafficked girls
Part 2: Successful intervention, healing for sex slavery victims comes with peer mentors
Part 3: Healing for sex trafficking survivors: Social science-based curriculum
Part 4: Celestia Tracy: A heart for the sexually abused and dedication to healing
Part 5: Child sex slavery remedy: Princess Lost has global impact prior to publication
Part 6: Long awaited Princess Lost curriculum for sex trafficked girls debuts Nov 12
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