Fall “Ventures” courses to focus on trauma informed care

Church of the Brethren Newsline
September 21, 2018

The October and November course offerings from the “Ventures in Christian Discipleship” program at McPherson (Kan.) College will be a two-part series focusing on trauma informed care. (Part 1 is not required as a prerequisite to take Part 2.)

Part 1 of the series, “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)”, will be held online Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. CDT. “The science of the past 30 years is painting a clear picture: When kids are exposed to overwhelming, unsupported adversity (abuse, neglect, domestic violence, etc.) there is a profound effect for them and for all of us,” a course description states. This class will introduce the ACE findings, briefly discuss the neurobiology of stress, and propose simple solutions that promote hope and healing. There will also be time at the end of the presentation for a dialogue regarding the implications for Ventures participants.

Part 2 of the series, “Trauma Informed Care (TIC),” will be held online Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. CST. Participants will briefly review and highlight the ACEs findings and dig deeper into the core concepts of TIC. “We will focus specifically on the core concepts of regulation, relationship, and reason to be as critical components of a connected and healthy world,” a course description said. “The strategies discussed are also relevant for managing conflict and other relevant challenges of modern life.”

Both classes will be taught by Tim Grove, chief clinical officer at SaintA, Milwaukee, Wis., who serves as the senior leader responsible for the trauma informed care initiatives across all agency programs. He was responsible for the implementation of SaintA’s trauma informed care philosophy and practices. Grove and the training team at SaintA have trained more than 50,000 people from diverse disciplines over the past 10 years.

All classes are donation-based, and continuing education credit is available for $10 per course. To learn more about Ventures in Christian Discipleship or to register for courses, visit www.mcpherson.edu/ventures.

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