NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pastoral Counseling Centers of TN's "Fifth Friday" training program is Friday March 30, 2012 from 8:30am-11am at Vine Street Christian Church in Nashville, TN.
Elizabeth Power, M.Ed., a professional educator-consultant to agencies and congregations nationwide, will present "When Bad Things Happen: Trauma Informed Responses."
Power says, "When bad things happen in people's lives, risking connection with others can be challenging. And, for many people, the responses of others to 'bad things' in their history makes risking connection even more difficult. Pastoral counselors, clergy, and faith leaders know that it is our connections that help us heal, sustain and develop spiritually, and foster community and growth."
Based on the Risking Connection In Faith Communities curriculum, developed by Sidran Institute, Power will provide a high-level overview of the 10-hour program offered nationwide to congregations and faith leaders to reduce the time, trauma, and costs of caring for all involved.
Participants in this interactive program will learn a broader understanding of "bad things" or traumatic events, of areas they impact in everyone's lives and a model for response as well as about vicarious trauma. They'll also have an opportunity to assess their self-care so that they can adjust it to increase their own health.
Power's firm, EPower & Associates, Inc., is one of only two organizations authorized by Sidran Institute to offer Risking Connection®, serving agencies and congregations nationwide. The firm's work in helping organizations identify, implement or replicate trauma-informed responses includes organizational assessment, change management planning, creating replication materials and evidence-informed adult learning services.
In 2011, she delivered the program to participants in 15 cities and two countries, to members of more than 30 congregations and a dozen agencies. "I think my favorite site last year was Juarez, Mexico, where I taught in a university setting to people from a variety of settings in one class: academic, spiritual, and social. It's so fulfilling to be able to help relieve the effects of trauma in situations where people are overwhelmed."
Materials, coffee, and a continental breakfast are provided, and the program is eligible for Clinical Pastoral Therapist continuing education credit.
To register for the program, contact PCCT at (615) 383-2115, or register on the Pastoral Counseling Center of Tennessee's Facebook page.
Elizabeth Power, M.Ed.
SOURCE EPower & Associates