Trauma Competent Churches
Sep 9, 2018 by Jonathan Reid
Trauma Competent Church Training. God is doing some amazing things in Massachusetts as an increasing number of Christians are extending God’s love to some of our most vulnerable neighbors in the foster care system. When Christians open their homes to children in need, they are, by extension, also inviting them into their local church communities. While this is an incredible opportunity for the church to grow in discipleship, it also begs two questions: “Are church communities prepared to compassionately and competently serve these precious lives?” and “Do foster and adoptive families in our church feel safe and supported?”
Join us on October 6th from 9 AM to 12 PM at Grace Chapel in Lexington for a FREE faith-informed, trauma-informed training to help children’s and student ministry volunteers, leaders and staff discover practical tools to serve children and youth impacted by trauma. The morning will help attendees better understand the needs of children from hard places and consider whether the environments we provide for them in our churches are creating felt-safety and healing.
The training will be facilitated by Jonathan Reid, the Executive Director of Fostering Hope, an organization mobilizing the Christian community to love and serve the foster care community. A practitioner in the trauma-informed Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and Trauma Competent Caregiver (TCC) care models, Jonathan’s faith-informed approach helps attendees understand the impact of trauma on child development and offers practical tools to care for them with compassion and competence.
For more information about TCC, including registration, please follow this link. We would be honored to have your church represented. Feel free to send an individual or an entire team of people. Thanks to some generous supporters, we are able to offer this training for free; however, registration is required.