TraumaWise Ministry Summit Schedule

Here's How the Summit Will Work


Check your email inbox each morning

Every day, a link will be sent to your email with access to that day's sessions. All sessions release at the same time that day and expire at the same time the next day.


Click to tune into any session you want once they release

All sessions for any particular day go live at 10am PDT that morning and are available for you to binge on your time for a full 24 hours.

Once the 24 hours is up, the session will expire and only those with a TraumaWise ToolKit can stream them



This process repeats itself everyday for three days. Make sure to make note of what presentations you want to watch in advance so that you don't run out of time.

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

Margery Arnold

This presentation explains how felt security develops in childhood as well as discusses different ways that trauma can affect felt security. Dr. Arnold explains how felt security might present itself in different ways and with a variety of behaviors.

The goals of the presentation are to help the audience understand that felt security is interior and personal to each body regardless of the experiences in the present moment. Felt security is built through repeated patterns of noticing a human need and meeting the need. Felt security cannot be built without discomfort and risk taking. Felt security gives humans the freedom to explore, learn, grow, and love. The presenter asks the audience to reflect on who are the people that help them to feel safe.

Daniel Ramos

Join Daniel Ramos at the TraumaWise Ministry Summit as he shares his journey from a youth pastor to a trauma-informed practitioner, navigating the complexities of deconstruction and healing within the church and beyond.

With profound insights from personal experiences and professional expertise, Daniel offers a candid perspective on how trauma-informed ministry can transform traditional practices, helping to foster genuine connection, resilience, and inclusive healing in today's complex world. Discover practical tools and heartfelt wisdom to support your own ministry journey.

Kyle Blake

Join Kyle Blake at the TraumaWise Ministry Summit as he shares his journey from growing up in a middle-class suburb to becoming a pastor working with formerly incarcerated and gang-impacted individuals. Kyle’s story emphasizes the importance of shared power in ministry, the profound impact of being trauma-informed, and the complexities of providing compassionate care in challenging environments. He invites us to reflect on our own assumptions and tools while equipping us to build stronger, trauma-informed communities.

Sharon Wegman

In this presentation, Sharon shares practical and understandable steps to take in the event that abuse is disclosed within your ministerial context. Attendees will learn how to: 

  • Define abuse
  • Debunk common misconceptions tied to abuse
  • Describe what might make someone susceptible to an abuser
  • Describe how someone might become an abuser
  • Provide trauma-informed ministerial support in this situation 
Renae M. Dupuis

In this session, we delve into how cultural imperatives for resilience and triumph can inadvertently lead to spiritual bypassing, where the essential process of healing is overlooked in favor of premature closure. This bypassing can create a lack of internal and external felt safety, making true recovery elusive.

We'll explore how recognizing and addressing these cultural pressures can pave the way for genuine healing, allowing individuals to honor their own pace in the healing journey. This presentation will empower attendees to identify spiritual bypassing and cultivate environments that prioritize true emotional and spiritual well-being.

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

Leisa Bennett

Leisa shares a warm, passionate, and authentic example of honoring the spirit of people and places when we gather. Drawn from her own experience as a member of aboriginal peoples and the historical trauma of cultural imposition, Leisa helps us to understand the trauma-informed ministry practice of Acknowledgement of Country.

Kris Holmes

This presentation discusses the importance of understanding mental health and how to cultivate it in a youth ministry context. 

Sue Shaw

This presentation discusses what it is to feel safe, and what might be barriers to felt safety in the church. Sue shares her lived-experience perspective of understanding and building resilience. She also shares her signature "spring theory" to assist people with creating connection within the church to heal and in turn support others.

Bill Barberg

The challenges of preventing, mitigating, or responding to trauma in your community may feel overwhelming and far more than any ministry can take on. Fortunately, there are powerful techniques for “Community Strategy Engagement” that can enable many different organizations to have an amplified and lasting positive impact.  This session will introduce some of the techniques for “Strategy Management at Scale” and will also introduce viewers to a high-value, no-cost platform built on the same platform as Wikipedia®-- the ACEs and Resilience Resource Commons for Communities, or the ARRCC.  

This presentation will elevate your efforts to love your neighbors and give you hope that even small faith communities can have an inspiring impact at community-level change. 

Participants will gain free access to the ARRCC as well as a valuable eLearning course on the Fundamentals of Community Strategy Engagement.

Elizabeth Power

Becoming trauma-responsive as a faith community requires shifts that make sense: choosing a new framing for the meaning of trauma, recognizing its presence in Scripture, recognizing how our past framings have supported continued re-traumatization and isolation, and choosing to add new behavior on connection among everyone instead of splintering off into special groups. This allows ministry to move towards a present-focused, strength-based collaborative process that develops healthier relationships among those in the faith community and with those outside of it.

Chris Haughee

Chris Haughee and Renae discuss the importance of empathy and humility in trauma-informed ministry as Chris shares wisdom and insights from his own experiences as trauma-informed minister. Participants will learn more about the need to understand the neuroscience behind trauma and its impact on individuals, while prioritizing the well-being of those they serve. Focusing on the importance of empathy and safety in trauma-informed care and education, Chris highlights his strategies for connecting with individuals on a personal level and prioritize safety and unconditional positive regard to create safe settings for growth and repair.

Connection as Incarnational Witness

Renae M. Dupuis

This presentation focuses on embodying the love of Jesus through compassionate connections, reflecting His incarnational ministry of presence and empathy. We will explore how our interactions can mirror Christ’s love and bring healing to those bearing the wounds of trauma.

By cultivating deep, empathetic connections, we can serve as a living testament to the transformative power of love and support. Attendees will gain insights into practical ways to engage with others that honor their full humanity, fostering an environment of acceptance and healing.

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

Setting Volunteers up for Success in Serving Trauma-Impacted Children

Wendy McMahan

Join Wendy at the TraumaWise Ministry Summit as she shares her expertise in trauma-informed ministry, drawing from her experience as the president of For the Children. Wendy emphasizes the importance of thoughtfully equipping volunteers to work with children who have experienced trauma. She provides practical insights on the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers, focusing on fostering supportive environments that reflect the love of Christ. Wendy’s talk is essential for ministry leaders seeking to deepen their understanding of trauma-informed practices, empowering them to serve both volunteers and beneficiaries with empathy and compassion.

Compassion and Co-Regulation

Renae M. Dupuis

Compassionate responses not only comfort those who are distress, but they also play a crucial role in developing internal regulation strategies that support trauma recovery. This session will examine the neurobiological impact of compassion and how it facilitates co-regulation, an essential process where relational safety helps regulate emotional states. 

By understanding the mechanisms of compassion in healing, participants will be better equipped to employ empathetic responses that foster stability and resilience in those they support. We will provide tools and strategies to integrate compassionate responses effectively into daily interactions and professional practice.

The Myth of Self-Regulation

Jesse Faris

Self-regulation can't be achieved until it is learned! This session walks through the stages of learning regulation, and we focus on the tool of "attunement" to aid in co-regulating with a child. 

Coming Back Home to Ourselves

R. Alex Colston

Coming Back Home to Ourselves is a brief presentation supporting both the understanding and the recovery from burnout. For systems of care, the path to recovery from burnout - the path back home to ourselves - must include both individual and organizational strategies. Examples of how to do this in any organization are covered within the presentation.

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

Lindy Green-Johnson

Sometimes after a trauma or a traumatic season, we find ourselves unable to function in the way we have been able to in the past.

Lindy shares with us how to increase our compassion for ourselves and others by communicating healthy boundaries and being honest about our capacities while we are healing.

Transforming Trauma into Truth

Sarah Brewer

This is message coming from the heart of wanting to connect, and help shed light on what healing can do for our lives. Through my own journey of struggle. I hope that you can find ways to tune in where trauma may be hiding in your mind, brain and body. There are ways I found healing through vulnerability and living in the truth of what makes us who we are. 

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