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Trauma Informed Congregations - A Strategy Document

Dale Fletcher ·
Hi Folks, I have recently been trained as an ACE Master Trainer through the Children's Trust of South Carolina . In the training we received materials from ACE Interface . My special interest is working with churches and ministries to educate and equip them to be better trauma-informed and to increase the resilience of members of their congregation and of the communities members they serve. Myself and another Master Trainer have presented information on ACEs to a small group of people at a...
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Validated Measurement tools to gauge spiritual well-being?

Chaplain Chris Haughee ·
As a piece of my doctoral project, I am going to create a curriculum for training ministry volunteers and professionals for working with emotionally disturbed children. My advisor has suggested that I ask this forum if there is a clinically...
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Welcoming Communities for New Americans & People on the Margins TiCong Linear Plan

Kimberly T Konkel ·
Hello All,   Attached is first draft Linear Plan for Building Welcoming Communities.  Please edit away and track changes then send your edits to Kimberly dot Konkel at hhs dot gov and I will incorporate them.   Shalom, Kimberly
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Justice Matters is an organization comprising...

Justice Matters is an organization comprising 21 diverse religious congregations in Lawrence, KS. Its mission is to "move Lawrence toward a City of God where justice rolls down like a mighty river", according to Ben MacConnell, its lead organizer....
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12 Myths of the Science of ACEs

The two biggest myths about ACEs science are: MYTH #1 — That it’s just about the 10 ACEs in the ACE Study — the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study . It’s about sooooo much more than that. MYTH #2 — And that it’s just about ACEs…adverse childhood experiences. These two myths are intertwined. The ACE Study issued the first of its 70+ publications in 1998, and for many people it was the lightning bolt, the grand “aha” moment, the unexpected doorway into a blazing new...
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25 Symbols of Christmas: A devotional and family activity book for Advent based on the tradition of the Chrismon Tree

Chaplain Chris Haughee ·
When it comes to being trauma-informed in ministry settings, one of the joys I find in the process is that “everything old is new again,” in the sense that many of the structures and patterns that are a part of traditional worship styles can be very grounding and helpful for those working through past trauma. For instance, the reassurance of the liturgical calendar and its various seasons is very comforting to my family, and each of us have trauma or adversity in our past. Knowing that every...
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3 Myths about suicide you may have picked up along the way (godsgotthis.org)

On National Suicide Prevention Day, Kayla Stoecklein, the widow of pastor Andrew Stoecklein, took to her blog God’s Got This to dispel a few myths surrounding the stigma of suicide. Today is world suicide prevention day. I strongly believe that suicide prevention is possible and to be honest it’s one of the reasons why I write. I am by no means an expert on mental illness or suicide. I am speaking purely from a raw place of brokenness and pain. The reason I am addressing these myths today is...
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A Faith Based Organizations Paragraph on the New Wikipedia Site

Dale Fletcher ·
I have just added new content in the Forum area on this topic.    Those interested in improving the Faith-based Organizations paragraph on the Wikipedia site, please connect with me.  Better yet, please comment on that Forum post....
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A New Resource on ACE

Denice Colson ·
While research shows that being a part of a faith-based community increases emotional and even physical health, church members are neither exempt nor automatically healed from the impact of childhood and adult adversity. I have written an new book, Break EVERY Stinking Chain! Healing For Hidden Wounds , available on Amazon.com which discusses ACE in detail and integrates Christian scripture and faith as a means of recovery. It is currently available as an ebook and in paperback. I have been...
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ACEs Science Champion Dr. Angela Bymaster: This Faith-Based Physician Integrates ACEs Science with Healing Arts

Sylvia Paull ·
Dr. Angela Bymaster, a family physician at Washington Elementary School in San Jose, CA, operates her clinic in a portable unit on the school property. Because the unit faces students as they are dropped off by their families, she gets to “pick up the kids” before they are sent to the clinic, practicing “upstream medicine.”
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Adult Sunday school curriculum exploring trauma-informed ministry now available!

Chaplain Chris Haughee ·
UPDATE! As of 3/27/17 all copies of the first run of this curriculum have been purchased or reserved. We hope to have a second printing/production run done soon, though the budget to provide free copies has been exhausted. Those requesting the materials from this point forward will need to submit the $60. required. I have also had some requests for a "preview" of the curriculum in order to see if it is appropriate for your ministry setting. I have attached the print portion of Week 2 so you...
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Advocating for Rachel, Part One - insights from Intermountain Board member and friend, Crystal Amundson

Chaplain Chris Haughee ·
Note: Crystal Amundson LCPC, RPT-S runs a private practice in Helena, Montana, where she works as a child play therapist. Crystal specializes in Play Therapy, working with children ages 2-12, alongside their caregivers. She is a previous employee and current board member at Intermountain. Her passion and expertise is in the field of early childhood mental health. Crystal prepared this case study with accompanying prompts for action by faith-based groups and community groups that hope to make...
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An ACES Presentation as a Sermon

Dale Fletcher ·
My 45-minute Understanding ACES teaching was delivered on Sunday to a church in Rock Hill, South Carolina. This will be followed by a special weekly series that addresses the Christian/biblical solution to the many spiritual risk factors that stem from early life trauma.
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Author of "Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks" study connects with the Arizona Trauma-Informed Faith Community

Chaplain Chris Haughee ·
I was pleased to be able to connect with my friend and colleague in trauma-informed ministry, Sanghoon Yoo (@thefaithfulcity), a few weeks ago to present insights into how trauma-informed care connects with the heart of the Christian gospel. God is continuing to work through the amazing churches, pastors, ministry leaders, and participants in the Arizona Trauma-Informed Faith Initiative, and it was encouraging to see how many were able to turn out, even on a busy Monday afternoon. We...
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Be trained to lead a Life Changing Small Group Study!

Phil Schmauss ·
Exciting 2 Day Training | August 23 & 24, 2019 Who should attend? Pastors, Church Leaders, Sunday School teachers, foster/adoptive parents, and anyone interested in a faith-based approach. If you minister to the hurting, learn how trauma informed practice can help you reach and impact lives with a powerful combination of scientific and biblical principles. Participants will gain an understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and how traumatic events affect how a person...
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Beyond Faith: How One Community Raised 70 Kids from the Texas Foster Care System [ChronicleOfSocialChange.org]

Diann Sparks hadn’t planned on adopting, until one of her sisters asked her to attend an adoption class in a town 120 miles away from her home in Possum Trot, part of east Texas’ Shelby County. At the time, Sparks had one biological daughter and was a single parent working a full-time job at a chicken plant. Possum Trot, a deeply religious black Baptist community in a mostly white county, doesn’t show up on Google maps. It has no streetlights, no post office, no grocery store and a lot of...
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Building a Resilient Community (United Way of East Central Iowa)

Former Member ·
ACES: Building a Resilient Community Childhood trauma has affected the majority of people in our community.  Specific family problems as well as child abuse and neglect (summarized as Adverse Childhood Experience, or ACEs) have been shown to...
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Building community by facing collective trauma with hope

Chaplain Chris Haughee ·
It was a sunny fall afternoon a few years ago. A friend posed a very interesting question as we ate our dinner on the deck at a local restaurant. “What do you think, Chris, about the possibility of a whole group of people experiencing a reaction to trauma? Like, maybe our whole nation is still traumatized from 9-11-01, or Katrina, or maybe just a whole host of cascading traumatic events?” We spoke at some length about what a reaction to trauma would look like in a society at large, and it...
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Building Resilience for Better Lives - from HelenaIR.com

Chaplain Chris Haughee ·
Life is hard. “In this world you WILL have trouble,” Jesus said. The ability to successfully face the hardships that will inevitably come to us will determine our level of satisfaction, joy, and peace. Resilience isn’t just a desirable trait, it’s absolutely essential. And, it turns out that scripture has a lot to say about this essential quality for successful living. There are many passages we could examine to illustrate the point, but the letter from James is one of my favorites. Eugene...
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Can kids in single parent homes become successful contributing adults to society when they grow up?

Linda Ranson Jacobs ·
There are a lot of negative statistics about children in divorced homes. While these stats may be true, they may lead you to conclude that the children who come from these homes are set up for failure. It doesn’t have to be that...
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Chalk and Rain: Repaving the Path of Discord with Messages of Indelible Hope (hopematters.org)

The Metro guard told me he’d never seen anything like it in all his years working for DC’s Metro system, people chalking love, togetherness, inclusion messages just off the top of the escalator at the Foggy Bottom Metro stop, the place where the white nationalists will step when they get off the metro, and where they’ll begin their march to Lafayette Square across from the White House Sunday at 5:00. We – people from various faith communities – gathered the night before at Western Ave.
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Champions, cheerleaders, grandbuddies and mentors – oh my! How they can change a child’s life

Linda Ranson Jacobs ·
        Recently I read the book, “ Cheering for the Children ” by Casey Gwinn. This is an amazing book and while not written for church leaders or children’s ministers it is a worthwhile read to anyone...
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Chaplain Chris Haughee Interview

Teri Wellbrock ·
To quote a friend who just gave her testimony at our church about her own struggles with mental health misdiagnosis and recovery, she was told after her first hospitalization, “This won’t be the first time you deal with this.” Our trauma is always with us.
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Churches answer call to offer immigrants sanctuary in an uneasy mix of politics and compassion (latimes.com)

Church sanctuary for those in the U.S. illegally began in the 1980s in response to the plight of Central Americans seeking political asylum, and has continued amid various immigration crackdowns. The movement offers religious institutions and their members a chance to help those they feel deserve to stay. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a longstanding policy of generally avoiding enforcement activities at “sensitive locations” such as churches, hospitals and schools. The...
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Churches Own Thousands of Acres of Land Across the U.S., and Some See That as an Opportunities for Farming Projects to Help Students and Families (NationSwell.com)

Over the past decade, there has been a push for ecological conservation within the Christian faith , motivated by concerns over how climate change might impact human welfare. That movement has coincided with an uptick in the number of faith-based farms , many of which equate divinity with sweat equity and its bountiful results. Where those two movements intersect sits Plainsong Farm & Ministry , a community-supported agriculture farm and ministry, located outside of Rockford, Michigan.
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Churches team up with local agencies to house homeless veterans [MercuryNews.com]

U.S. Army veteran Thomas Turner started to hear voices in his head four years ago, and ever since then he's struggled with homelessness. "It put me in the hospital, and I lost everything and had to start over," said Turner, who noted mental illness runs in his family. "When you start hearing voices and they start answering you, but there's nobody there, it really can change your life." The 54-year-old slept in front of Pep Boys at one point, but living on the streets was exhausting. He was...
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Clergy embrace trauma informed training in Greater Philadelphia region

Carolyn Smith-Brown ·
An exceptional all-day “Trauma-Informed Training for Clergy” event was held in Philadelphia in May 2017, organized by JSR Educational Enrichment Strategies, Inc. Founder and President Doris Smith-Ribner, Retired PA State Appeals Court Judge. Judge Smith-Ribner recognized the need for this training particularly for those on the front lines of dealing with the impacts of trauma and its prevalence within Philadelphia—the Clergy. Here is her report from that meeting. Highly-regarded trauma...
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Community leaders calling for churches to help address opioid epidemic [timesnews.net]

Alicia Doktor ·
As the opioid epidemic continues to plague the region, some community leaders are asking the faith community to help solve the problem. To help build the alliance between clinicians, educators and the church, community and faith leaders gathered at Northeast State Community College on Tuesday to announce the Holy Friendship Summit, a two-day event that will create a long-term vision for beating the opioid crisis. “The name is important, Holy Friendship Summit,” said Lottie Ryans, director of...
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Conference Call: Journeying Together: An overview of Partnerships with Local Clergy, VA Chaplains, and Community Leaders in Caring for Our Returning Combat Veterans

Kimberly T Konkel ·
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships will host its first Quarterly Conference Call (QCC) on Thursday, December 4, 2014,  from 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. (EDT).  The conference call...
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Conference offers clergy training in child trauma [The Oaklahoman]

Several faith organizations and other agencies are joining forces to offer a special clergy training conference. The "Faith Communities Protecting Children: Recognizing and Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences Conference" is set for April 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m . at Metro Tech Business Conference Center, 1900 Springlake Drive. "We strongly believe that faith-based organizations can and do play an important role in the prevention and healing of children who have experienced...
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Consider a Resolution in 2017 worth keeping: Advocacy

Chaplain Chris Haughee ·
2017 is here, and it’s the season when most of us consider New Year’s resolutions and even the most cynical among us dares to think that with a little will power we might do any number of things: lose weight, eat healthier, watch less TV, get that promotion, or repair damaged relationships. This year, I’d ask you to consider a resolution that will make the world a better place and will give you a sense of purpose in 2017: be an advocate. An advocate is someone who speaks on behalf of someone...
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Developing compassion for our neighbors and ourselves: trauma-informed faith

AMITY CONDIE ·
Even when we feel like God doesn’t hear us, he can guide our path to people and ideas that will resonate with our spirits and bring healing... The process of becoming trauma-informed can help us to develop compassion. We can overcome personal barriers that prevent us from reaching out to others in loving ways. We will be able to feel and share more of God’s love.
 
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