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Creating Trauma-Sensitive Church Communities

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Become Allies in Sexual Trauma Recovery & Prevention

Our faith communities and religious & spiritual leaders are staples in every community. Within our faith we find safety, refuge and healing from some of life’s biggest challenges, including and especially sexual trauma. Unfortunately, many of our leaders in our faith communities are not aware of the dynamics and impacts of sexual trauma within and outside of the faith community. Often times survivors’ experiences and pain are dismissed, minimized or exacerbated as a result of the lack of proper training and best practices. But I know that YOU are committed to becoming the best ally in recovery and prevention that you can be!

This is about to change. The change begins with you!

Our faith communities have an enormous opportunity and responsibility to break the status-quo and create a ripple effect so great that the preservation of the cycle of abuse doesn’t stand a chance! By receiving high-quality training in sexual trauma impacts, recovery and prevention, AND by implementing appropriate policies and practices your church will become a beacon of hope, security and restoration.

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Program Overview

This introductory training program is designed to educate Christian leaders about the types, impacts and severity of sexual violation in their congregations and communities. The Program will provide leaders with an opportunity to explore the systems, dynamics and narratives that perpetuate sexual violence and how they can become effective allies in recovery and prevention. 

Program Objectives

  1. Learn the common forms of sexual violation and the short and long term effects of sexual trauma.

  2. Gain understanding of the dynamics that contribute to secrecy, shame and silence.

  3. Learn how to compassionately and effectively support congregation, staff and community members who disclose being sexually violated.

  4. Briefly examine workable strategies for adopting a church culture that actively promotes physical, sexual, psychological, spiritual and relational safety and wellness.

Program Logistics

  • The training will be hosted at: Location TBD

  • The program will be 3.5 hours in length, with one break.

  • The program will be a combination of lecture, small group work and interactive workshop.

  • Participants are encouraged to bring supplies for note taking (handouts will be provided).

  • Participants are invited to dress comfortably and casually.

  • The program supports and encourages a diverse, inclusive and representative group of participants.

  • Participants are expected to agree to the Facilitator’s Consent & Inclusivity Policy (to be sent to each participant shortly after registration). 

Investment

  • Registration is $87 per person

  • Group rates apply for any church who brings two (2) or more members from their leadership team. Group rates are as follows:

    • 2 participants: $157 (10% discount)

    • 3 participants: $221 (15% discount)

    • 4 participants: $278 (20% discount)

    • 5 participants: $326 (25% discount)

  • Registration must be completed here (online) in order to reserve your spot.

Working Agenda

  • 9:00-9:30am: Welcome, Introductions and Safe Space Creation

  • 9:30-9:45am: Forms of sexual violation, prevalence and impacts 

  • 9:45am-11:00am: Trauma Responses & Church Dynamics

  • 11:00-11:10am: Break

  • 11:10am-12:15pm: Compassionate and effective support and prevention practices

  • 12:15pm-12:30pm: Q&A and debrief 


About Robyn

Robyn Mourning, MS is a Registered Psychotherapist in Colorado. Robyn received her Masters of Science in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and became a trauma recovery specialist at her private mental health practice. Robyn has completed several trauma recovery trainings spanning varied approaches. Robyn specializes in trauma recovery wellness for survivors of sexual trauma, childhood abuse/neglect, domestic violence and cultural trauma. Robyn also provides Healership Cultivation coaching and consulting for therapists, healers and activists. She facilitates healing-oriented workshops, retreats and experiential gatherings. Robyn also facilitates Community Wellness trainings on various topics related to trauma wellness, resilience and prevention. As a trauma survivor herself, Robyn is a fierce advocate for access, inclusivity and justice for marginalized individuals and communities in the mental health and wellness industries. 

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Individual and Team Consulting with Robyn

Robyn provides individualized consultation for leaders and teams who desire to implement church practices, policies and dynamics that are aligned with the wellbeing of sexual violation survivors, and with effective prevention measures so that they become leaders in creating trauma-sensitive church communities. Robyn offers 1-time consultation sessions, as well as ongoing quarterly consultation packages. Interested leaders may contact Robyn directly at robyn@wellsoulwellness.com to arrange an exploratory call.


Are you ready to join together in the eradication of sexual violation?

If so please complete the registration below.

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