What does it look like to date as a trauma survivor? What are the pitfalls? How do we establish emotional and physical safety?
A discussion regarding narcissistic families and parents.
So many of us struggle with loneliness and a lack of connection. Join us for a practical guide to establishing friendship and building connections.
Many of us have deeply seated beliefs about acceptable emotions, dangerous emotions, sinful emotions, and helpful emotions. Join us as we explore, both biblically and socially, how our beliefs might be skewed and how God designed us to use emotions to help respond to trauma and heal.
Much has been said about the difference between empathy and sympathy. As “missionaries of healing” and trauma informed individuals, we often find we are sought out by the wounded. How do we offer empathy? How do we hold those stories and create safe space, and not be overwhelmed by their weight?
Research shows us that adultifying or parentifying children has drastic consequences. Join us for an exploration of what this looks like in families, how caregivers can avoid it, the symptomology that follows and how to heal from it.
Guest: Steve Tracy
Steve Tracy author of Mending the Soul and co-founder of Mending the Soul Org has written extensively on the topics of abuse and trauma. His experience as a pastor who was once unaware of trauma, its effects and how the church was failing to deal with it is chronicled in Mending the Soul. Join us to hear what Steve has to say about the current developments with the #MeToo movement and how he believes we, as the church, ought to be addressing it.
Guest: Steffi Butler
Steffi is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, she has been a Mending the Soul facilitator for over 10 years and an outspoken advocate for protecting children from predators for the majority of her adult life. Join her as she shares key information about predators – who they are and how you can help protect your children from them.
Guest: Jessi Sigander
Jessi Sigander has her PhD in education and has spent years working with students in at-risk populations. She was given a new challenge when she discovered her daughter had dyslexia. Through her research and helping her daughter navigate new ways of learning, Jessi discovered the profound impact healing from and processing trauma can have on the brain’s ability to learn.
Guest: Hannah Benedict
Hannah, Professional Counselor, mom and adjunct facilitator trainer for Mending the Soul will share the story of how she has dealt with the transition from marriage to a divorced single mom of two boys.
Guest: Shanell Bender
Shanell’s world was rocked when it was revealed that her daughters had been sexually victimized and more so that her husband was the perpetrator. Shanell is honest about the mistakes and missteps toward healing that were taken and is an outspoken advocate for healing. Shanell is also Mending the Soul’s Basic program director and has years of experience working with parents of victims and victims themselves in multiple capacities.
Guest: Tim Sullivan
Tim Sullivan is a pastor and has a lot of experience dealing with spiritual abuse. Join us to learn more about what spiritual abuse is, what it looks like, how to address it and how we can find healing in our relationship with God and the Church.
Guest: Sam Kingma and Stephanie Otte
We hear from Sam Kingma and Stephanie Otte, who are experienced with play therapy and who are highly skilled in treating children dealing with trauma. They share their expert knowledge of how children can process trauma through therapy, how trauma impacts young children and how parents and caregivers can help the little people in their lives cope and heal.
Guests: John and Caryn Amandola
John and Caryn Amandola were both surprised when Caryn’s childhood trauma began to cause disruption in their marriage. They will share openly and uniquely how this impacted them individually, as parents and as ministry partners pastoring a church.
Guest: Cynthia Hellman
Cynthia Hellman is a mom to 3 biological children and 2 adopted children. Her family is unique and yet totally normal. Cynthia is honest about the difficulties of being an adoptive mom and about the challenges facing her adopted daughters. You’ll enjoy her candor, humor and honest and find the information she provides really helpful in navigating your own adoption story or in having empathy for those around you.
Guest: Stephanie Starks
Stephanie Starks is mom to three lovely little girls, one of whom was almost lost to CHD. She shares unique perspectives on motherhood, what it means to parent a child who is medically complex and what she wishes other people knew.
Guest: Robbie McCamman
Join former school administrator and program director for Mending the Soul’s Vulnerable Child curriculum, Robbie McCamman for a discussion on the influence of ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) score on children, how significant adults (teachers, caregivers, parents, foster parents, etc…) can impact their lives and what Mending the Soul has done to help.