COURSES and KEYNOTES

Building Trust: A Trauma-informed Approach to Leadership
You’ve read all the popular leadership books, listened to the too-numerous-to-count podcasts, and watched a few less-than-satisfying webinars and you still want to know: (1) Why are the popular leadership principles not working like people said they would? (2) Do I have what it takes to be a good leader? (3) And why are burnout, stress, and turnover on the rise while peace, productivity, and profits are headed down? Like you, I’ve faced those same questions and problems. Drawing upon a non-traditional approach, this presentation demonstrates how trusted leaders begin with a paradigm shift of understanding the role trauma plays in a person’s life. It’s a shift from trauma to trust which leads to the power of hope and success!

Building Trust: The Science and Power of Hope
Do you work with people who always seem to struggle with trusting others or who act guarded and anxious and who have difficulty calming down after an emotional reaction? Maybe you have experienced some of these same challenges and know they disrupt a peaceful and purposeful life. Drawing upon the work of Dr. Chan Hellman, this presentation unpacks how trauma can dash our dreams and impede our ability to trust others and how the science and power of HOPE can help us set goals, find pathways to reaching our goals, and strengthen our willpower for the journey along the way.

Building Trust: Trauma-Informed Policing During A Crisis
Spoiler Alert: every day can be a day of crisis for law enforcement. Law Enforcement Officers chose a profession with the mission to protect and serve others. However, when an officer responds it is because a person is in a state of crisis. Sometimes people need mental health resources while at other times people simply need a strong leader trained to deal with a crisis. How can you respond to a crisis when resources are scarce, money is tight, and time is limited? Implement a trauma-informed policing model. This presentation combines the science and research of ACEs, crises, and leadership to help a law enforcement agency set the gold standard in trauma-informed policing. When every day can bring a crisis, put more tools in your utility belt.

Building Trust: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and Juvenile Justice
Children shouldn’t have to live a life that leads them on a collision course with the juvenile justice system. No matter a person’s background, kids ought to have a childhood that sets them up for success, not failure. However, we’ve seen a rise in crime while the COVID pandemic exposed serious issues of how some children are treated. Is there anything you can do to help a child who is in a state of crisis? Breaking the generational cycles and making a lasting paradigm shift begins with understanding how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affect a person’s foundation and how an unstable foundation can lead a child towards the juvenile justice system. This presentation is geared towards both law enforcement officers and concerned citizens who are looking for answers to the juvenile justice challenges and ideas on creating positive childhood experiences through the science and power of hope.

Building Trust: Standing Firm in the Faith
Does it take guns, guards, and large groups to 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 presentation explores the spiritual side of being trauma-informed and unpacks the positive lessons of 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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