SHIFT: Trauma Informed Staff Care

Series: Your Path to Success at the 2023 Mission Leaders Conference!

You’re not wrong, it does seem like trauma is showing up everywhere these days. Would you like your organization to be better equipped to respond to the needs of your global workers through a trauma-informed lens?

James Covey is a seasoned counselor serving global workers through SentWell in Malaga, Spain and the co-author of Healing the Wounds of Teen’s Trauma and Unstuck, for the Trauma Healing Institute.  In this interview, James shares about his workshop at the MissioNexus 2023 Mission Leader Conference: SHIFT: Rapid Social Transformation and the Gospel.

Trauma Informed Staff Care

In our lives as global workers we both encounter trauma in those we serve and care for and in our own lives (both first hand and secondary traumas). Trauma is a deep wound of the heart and mind that can take a long time to heal. 

  • At the workshop you will learn how trauma hurts every part of our lives: our emotions, how we relate to others, how our body feels, what we think about, and how much we can trust God. It can make us feel separated from God and others.
  • Therefore, it is essential that both lay staff care providers and professional counselors provide care from a trauma informed perspective. Knowing how trauma impacts the body, mind and soul allows each of us to provide more holistic care to those who are suffering.

Through this workshop, you will:

  • Learn what trauma is and how it impacts the whole self.
  • Be able to identify potential signs and symptoms of trauma.
  • Learn practical ways to provide trauma informed care.

Register today and join James in Orlando September 27-29, 2023.  You’ll network with new great commission friends, colleagues, and resources as you take in dynamic speakers and practical workshops at the beautiful Caribe Royale Resort.

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James grew up in Telephone, Texas where he first felt called to serve overseas at the age of 14. He studied psychology at Austin College and obtained a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After working in Texas as a therapist he joined Wycliffe, serving a year at JAARS, before going overseas with their international partner SIL.

The People Care & Development Track is sponsored by Soul Shepherding

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