COURSES and KEYNOTES

(Re)Building Trust: A Trauma-informed Approach to Leadership
We read articles and social media posts claiming that in order to be successful people simply need to avoid negativity, believe in the future, and stop worrying about the past. While that sounds positive, it overlooks the significant percentage of people who spent their lives dealing with adults berating them with negative comments, telling them they had no future, or failing to build trusting relationships. This course will unpack the trauma that impedes building trust, review the leadership principles that can improve building trust, and outline the framework of how hope can lead to building trust.

How Trauma-Informed Principles Can Improve Crisis Intervention
Every day police officers respond to a call of a person in crisis. While de-escalation techniques and discussions are not new, few combine the science behind adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), crisis intervention models, and leadership principles. This course has three learning objectives: 1) how ACEs form the foundation of trauma, 2) how ACEs can improve your crisis intervention model, and 3) how trauma-informed leadership principles guide an officer’s and department’s response to crises.

Finding Peace: How Four Words Can Change Your Approach to Life
We strive to serve and protect by being trauma informed. However, stress, burnout, and anxiety hamper our ability to make better choices, deal with our own trauma, and create resiliency. Learn how to be trauma responsive and why four words, three questions, and two chairs can help shape our own lives and better engage trauma instigators and survivors.

The Trauma That Should Keep Us Up At Night: Adverse Childhood Experiences
While the overall violent crime rate has trended downward, juveniles still commit too many murders, rapes, and aggravated assaults. Law enforcement is being asked to solve this problem even during turbulent social unrest. Understanding the correlation between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and juvenile crime can provide law enforcement with options beyond traditional approaches.

The Creation and Evolution of Trauma-Informed Leadership
It’s the age-old question: are leaders born or made? We see people with natural abilities excel and attract large groups of followers. Yet, the plethora of leadership books and materials implies anyone can lead. This course looks at the intersection of natural and learned abilities as we seek to be trauma-informed leaders. We will explore why good leaders are really defined by three values: conviction, confidence, and character.

Standing Firm in the Faith
Do guns, guards, and large groups make you feel safe? When we don’t feel safe in our environments and relationships, no amount of weaponry or armor will suffice. When we are threatened, we respond with acts of self-preservation. Conversely, when we feel safe, we experience increased social engagement and self-regulation which leads to successful living. This course explores the spiritual side of being trauma-informed and unpacks I Corinthians 16:3-4: "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love." (NIV)

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