Understanding the long term effects of trauma will help you help others.

In your role as a volunteer, pastoral minister, teacher, caregiver, or parent , you can benefit from learning about trauma and the long-term physical, mental, and emotional effects it can have on those you serve and love. There is much new science around trauma and new therapies that gives us the tools and language to better respond. Becoming trauma-informed helps us put the needs of survivors first and guides us to healing and restorative practices.

Flexible Dates and Format

This workshop can be presented to any size group in a 2-3 hour format. We travel to any location or can provide space. We are happy to customize it for your needs.

Workshop participants learn about the physical effects of trauma on the brain, the signs and symptoms of trauma, and how we can respond to and care for those who have experienced it from abuse, violence, poverty, and other circumstances, The workshop will include interactive practice in responding to people who trust you with their experiences.  


The workshop was developed with the help of survivors and deacons in the diocese. Knowing that deacons are approachable for parishioners as someone they can relate to and also turn to for support, they requested training in how to respond to survivors who disclose abuse. While Journey to Bethany’s work is focused on healing from clergy sexual abuse, understanding trauma can help you relate to and serve those who are experiencing it from many types of events and experiences.