Welcome to

the TraumaWise Ministry Summit 

A free virtual event for ministry and faith-based organization leaders who give a care

May 20-22, 2024

Learn practical tools for implementing and sustaining trauma-informed ministry practices from 17+ lived-experience experts in community with like-minded organizational and ministry leaders who want sustainable system change

What to Expect at the TraumaWise Ministry Summit

Where and When

The TraumaWise Ministry Summit will run from May 20-22, 2024, with a variety of presentations to choose from each day.

Each day of the summit at 10am PST, a selection of presentations will be released on our site.

All you will have to do is access the link you will receive each day via email.

This event is entirely virtual, so you’ll be able to attend from anywhere in the world with internet access.

Private Summit Community

Join our private Facebook community of community caregivers like you who are already hanging out and gaining practical tools for increasing capacity and sustainability! This is where you’ll be able to connect with the speakers and other attendees before and during the event!

Expert Sessions

Attend presentations from our lineup of over 16 speakers with trainings on connection, emotional regulation, self-care, burnout, resilience and more!

Your free ticket includes 24-hour access to each presentation during the week of the summit.

Upgrade for a VIP Experience

We invite you to upgrade to one of the TraumaWise ToolKits which include ongoing access to the presentations after the summit wraps up, premium bonuses from our speakers, and more! 

LIve Sessions

We like surprises, but only if you tell us about them. This is a good one!

We have pop-up live sessions happening each day! Take a look down here and check out the private Facebook community for more details

Chances to Win

You’ll also have a chance to win prizes by showing up and participating throughout the summit. Just keep track on your BINGO Card and come hang out with us in the Facebook community for chances to win prizes including books, co-working sessions, courses, and more!


You will receive a Summit Guide, Access to one of the Networking Nights, and participation in the live Speaker Panels as part of the Summit Welcome Care Package! All of these resources would usually cost you over $1,500, but you get it for FREE when you get your ticket.

Ongoing Access

Rewatch presentations at your convenience and access the additional tools available in the extended Summit Workbook.

Speaker Bonuses

Each ToolKit includes over $4,400 worth of bonus items - courses, resources, experiences, and downloads - all to support you in your journey of Becoming TraumaWise!

A Bonus Networking Nights

ToolKit Members can participate in both  Networking Nights
from 5:30-6:30pm (PST) May 20 and 22.

Upgraded Memberships

Up to 3 months of the TraumaWise Learning Community Membership - continuing your journey of hope, community, and practical tools!

Daily Schedule

Check out the incredible lineup of lived-experience experts you’ll learn from at the Becoming TraumaWise Summit!

Each day of the summit at 10am PST, a selection of presentations will be released on our site.

Day 1 Theme: Felt-Safety
Beginning at 10am on Monday, May 20

Founder and Director 

Leisa Bennett


Warami Mittigar
(Welcome to Country Friends)

Lutheran Pastor to the People of Long Beach, CA

Kyle Blake


Who Are You Anyway?


Margery Arnold


Felt Security:
Building It in Yourself and Others

Lived-Experience Mentor and Student

Daniel Ramos


Finding God Again: Finding Hope and Healing After Deconstruction

Licensed Professional Counselor, Group Practice Owner, Trauma-Coaching for Ministry Leaders

Sharon Wegman


When Someone in Your Ministry Confides Abuse within the Home

Chief Enculturation Officer

Renae M. Dupuis


Spiritual Bypassing and Felt Safety

Day 2 Theme: Connection
Beginning at 10am on Tuesday, May 21

Youth Minister

Kris Holmes


Mental Health In Youth Ministry


Elizabeth Power


Trauma Responsive Faith Communities-Step 1


Bill Barberg


Addressing Trauma at Scale: Engaging Faith Communities in a Collaborative Strategy

Donor Development Manager

Chris Haughee


Embodying a Trauma-Informed Gospel

Owner and Training Coordinator

Sue Shaw


How to Build a Safe and Resilient Church Community

Chief Enculturation Officer

Renae M. Dupuis


Connection as Incarnational Witness

Day 3 Theme: Co-regulation
Beginning at 10am on Wednesday, May 22


Wendy McMahan


Setting Volunteers up for Success in Serving Trauma-Impacted Children


R. Alex Colston


Coming Back Home to Ourselves

Special Projects Coordinator

Jesse Faris


The Myth of Self-Regulation

Photographer, Fitness Coach, Speaker

Sarah Brewer


Transforming Trauma into Truth

LCSW, Trauma Educator

Lindy Green-Johnson


'No' is a Complete Sentence: Creating Grace and Space After Trauma

Chief Enculturation Officer

Renae M. Dupuis


Compassion and Co-Regulation

Live Sessions

Sunday, May 19 - 5 pm (PST)

Summit Kick-off Call

Come hang out with us on Zoom and hear about all the cool things coming May 20-22

Monday, May 20 - 5:30 pm (PST)

Networking Night #1

Join us on Zoom for three 20-minute live sessions of breakout rooms to connect with other summit participants and build your community!

Tuesday, May 21 - 12 pm (PST)

Q+A Panel

Super Cool stuff to be listed here

Thursday, May 23 - 2:00 pM (PST)

Summit Closing Call

Endings are actually really important to our mental health, plus, you never know what you might learn. Join us to wrap things up and share your next steps.

Wednesday, May 22 - 3 Pm (PST)

Co-Working and Implementation Session

Join us on Zoom for a 2-hour Co-working and Implementation call to start putting what you have learned into practice

Wednesday, May 22 - 5:30 pm (PST)

Networking Night #2

(for TraumaWise ToolKit holders only)

Join us on Zoom for three 20-minute live sessions of breakout rooms to connect with other summit participants and build your community!


Friday, May 24 - 12:00 pm (PST)

Implementation Q+A Call

Join us on Zoom for a live call to share and learn from other participants of the Summit as we explore the next steps for implementing TraumaWise ministry practices. Bring your notes and questions and let's begin applying the tools and resources from our generous speakers!



How do I know whether this summit is right for me?

If you’re curious about sustainable trauma-informed strategies and practices while ministering for others, this event is for you! We’ll be specifically talking to ministry and faith-based and focusing on hope, community, and practical tools for those who want to sustain as they continue to be instrumental in the healing and prevention of trauma, but anyone else who wants to get started with how to understand what is needed to support others in the healing process is welcome to join us.

When is this event happening?

The main portion of the summit runs from May 20-22, 2024 with pre-party sessions happening the Sunday before. You’ll also be able to join our private Facebook community as soon as you register, so you can join in on the fun right away!

What if I’m not able to attend live?

While most of the presentations for the summit are pre-recorded, there are some live elements, and the pre-recorded presentations are only available for 24 hours with your free ticket. So we encourage you to attend live if you can! We would love for you to set aside some time during the summit week to attend the live sessions, watch the pre-recorded presentations, and participate with others who are looking for felt-safety, connection, and co-regulation to  sustain you as you continue to be instrumental in the healing and prevention of trauma. 

However, if you’re not able to attend all of the sessions live, go ahead and grab your free ticket, and you’ll have the opportunity to upgrade to the TraumaWise ToolKit for extended access.

How long will I have access to the presentations?

Your free ticket includes 24 hour access to each of the presentations. If you need more time, you can always upgrade your ticket to the TraumaWise ToolKit after registering, which will give you extended access to the presentations along with premium bonuses from our speakers and more! 

Are the presentations live?

To avoid tech glitches, give you the best possible experience, and keep things easy for the speakers, most of the presentations are pre-recorded and will be released at a scheduled time during the summit. However, the speakers will be hanging out in our private Facebook group with dedicated threads where you can connect with them and ask your questions! There will also be opportunities to join us for bonus live events throughout the week.

Will all the speakers get my email address?

No. When you register, you’ll be added to the TraumaWise email list so we can send you updates for the event and links to each day’s presentations. After the summit is over, you’ll continue to hear from us, but you can unsubscribe at any time. 

Each of the speakers will have free resources available that you can access by providing an email address, but the speakers will not get your email address unless you choose to give it to them specifically. That way, you only hear from the people you really love and don't have to worry about getting added to 15 email lists that you're not interested in.

You can learn more in our Privacy policy.

Are your videos captioned or transcribed?

Yes. All presentations have closed captioning available, and we are creating transcriptions of each presentation for all registrants.  An extended workbook with additional notes is also available with our upgrade options that you’ll see after registering for the event.

Please reach out if there’s anything we can do to ensure you’re able to enjoy this event.

I still have questions!

If you still have questions, we encourage you to go ahead and sign up. Your questions will likely be answered during the event or in the Facebook community, which you’ll be able to join right away after grabbing your free ticket. 

However, if you need to ask us a question before registering, feel free to send us an email at renae@traumawise.com