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513 | Compassion and Comfort: Assessing and Developing Trauma-informed Care Communities

Friday 9/15 4:15 – 5:30 PM, Mental Health and the Mission of the Church, Workshop Tracks


Tova Kreps, M.S.W.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




There is a movement to create trauma-informed care in organizations so that traumatized children, adults, and families feel safe and understood. The experience of trauma has a widespread impact on the lives of those we serve, including mental disorders and physical health conditions. It is time to apply the current well-established trauma-informed care protocols to churches and Christian ministries within the Christian framework of loving and caring for hurting people. This workshop is designed to inform, inspire and equip licensed mental health professionals, ministry leaders, and pastors to create trauma-informed care communities for their clients and members. Information will be presented about trauma, its effects on individuals and communities, current best practices for trauma recovery, the impact of caring for the traumatized on caregivers, and the key standard ingredients for creating trauma-informed care in an organization. The presentation will be rich with resources and suggestions for assessing an organization’s current trauma-informed care status and identifying and implementing staff changes, the environment, service models, and policies.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the effects and best remedies of trauma and the value of trauma-informed care to analyze their organizational responses to trauma
2. Assess the current trauma-informed culture in their organization and its readiness to implement changes to evaluate and specify opportunities for improvement
3. Create a targeted list of opportunities for improving trauma-informed care in their organization and formulate plans to utilize resources to implement changes
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