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 how trauma impedes building trust, review the leadership principles for building trust, and outline the role of hope in building trust.

(Re)Building Trust: Trauma-Informed Policing and Crisis Leadership
Every day police officers respond to calls to people 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 to address different crises. This course has three learning objectives: 1) how ACEs form the foundation of trauma, 2) how understanding ACEs can improve your crisis intervention, and 3) how trauma-informed leadership principles can guide an officer’s and department’s response to a crisis.

(Re)Building Trust: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and Juvenile Justice
While the overall violent crime rate has trended downward, juveniles are still involved in too many serious crimes. Law enforcement is being asked to solve this problem during some of our country's most turbulent social unrest. Understanding the correlation between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and juvenile crime can provide law enforcement with options beyond traditional approaches.

(Re)Building Trust: 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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