Programs & Services

ILERA's services are for organizations, communities and individuals. Social service agencies, educational institutions, religious organizations, spiritual communities and racial justice working groups have recognized the need to implement ILERA's professional development training, educational workshops, and support groups. Most of our offerings are centered around: vicarious trauma & wellness, self-care & sustainability, the intersection of spirituality & sexuality and raising awareness to prevent sexual abuse.



The Hush Hush Training is designed to  educate a variety of groups about how societal  culture influences perceptions of sexuality and the ways those understandings can impact how we respond to sexual abuse .

Hush Hush the Healing Project is an arts education workshop based on  a play written by Aquaila Barnes. It is inspired by, DeShannon Bowens book, Hush Hush


Presentations can showcase a shortened version of the play with actors or video clips, followed by an educational discussion with the playwright and author.

For more information email:



"DeShannon Bowens is asking us to be transparent. I am deeply impressed with the manner in which she addresses sexuality and sexual abuse."

Rev. Frederick E. Dennard, M.Div.

Co-Founder & Former Executive Director, Harlem Interfaith Counseling Services


Keynotes &




DeShannon Bowens delivers customized talks and  presentations

on spirituality, sexuality, and sexual abuse highlighting her book Hush Hush as well as inspirational messages 

on freedom, healing and the benefits of Interfaith education. 


Agencies, universities, and conference

chairs may request the author for an event or speaking engagement.

Contact for availability and booking.



Empowerment & Healing Sessions

Spiritual counseling is available for individuals and couples. DeShannon Barnes-Bowens supports clients who have a desire to focus on self development with a spiritual focus as well as those seeking healing from the sexual trauma.

If you would like to work with DeShannon, email to find out if there's an opening to schedule a  free 20 minute consultation.

"Thank you DeShannon Bowens for your words on healing. They were important and empowering reminders to take the time to care for ourselves, and curate sustainable and live giving habits."



"I think the workshops and trainings you do are inspiring and extremely powerful. Any conversation having to do with sex can be difficult to have – especially in a religious setting, but it is important that we have them. As social workers we need to make sure we are trained in tackling taboo subjects with our clients, even if we are uncomfortable. Thank you so much for coming and giving us a taste of what you do!"

Social Work Graduate Student,

Adelphi University



Transformation Spiritual Coaching

Transformation Spiritual Coaching is for individuals who are ready to make a lasting positive change in their lives.  A combination of spiritual consultation and intention setting is used while we work to discover and clear inner blocks to your progress. Clients are required to make a 6 month commitment to receive these services. If you are interested in moving forward on this journey with  Iya DeShannon, email for more information and availability.




If you and your partner have decided to deepen your relationship by committing to marriage, pre-marital counseling is a wonderful way to support your next step.

You may inquire about having couples counseling with Rev. DeShannon by emailing for more information and to inquire about availability.



"DeShannon Bowens is an exciting, imaginative, and extremely creative trainer. Any program will be truly blessed to experience

an ILERA workshop or program."

Winston Long,

Former Director of Training, Abbott House

Founder of T.O.O.L.S Training Associates LLC