Becoming Trauma-Informed (Modules)

Connecting With Kids in Church

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Children’s ministry is perhaps the most vital ministry of the church. It is why families come, why families stay, and unfortunately why families sometimes leave a church.

Churches often focus on the programs, curriculum, lights, and music that make a Children’s Ministry great but often forget the impact of making children feel safe, secure and loved.

This eye-opening training will equip pastors, youth leaders, and ministry volunteers to see the connection between the hard things we all face and our ability to facilitate healthy, loving relationships.

Ryan and Kayla are experts on Trauma-Informed Children’s Ministry. They are the best I know on this subject. – Jason Johnson, The Jason Johnson Blog, Director of Church Engagement, Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO)

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  Becoming Trauma-Informed
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  Module 1 - Why Does Understanding Trauma Matter?
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Ryan and Kayla North
Ryan and Kayla North
Ryan and Kayla North have 6 children, 4 adopted from foster care. They spent 10 years as foster parents and have learned many of the things they share with families, churches, and schools in the trenches.They are co-founders of One Big Happy Home and are considered experts on childhood trauma. Together they have developed training materials and programs for churches, schools, and parents educating them on trauma and its impacts.The Norths have trained and mentored hundreds of ministry leaders and trainers in the United States and Canada. They are both TBRI Practitioners and speak at churches, schools, conferences, and retreats nationwide.Ryan and Kayla have had the privilege of working with some of the most respected voices in the fields of Developmental Trauma and Attachment including; Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross, Dr. Curt Thompson, Dr. Tina Payne-Bryson, Cindy Lee, and Jayne Schooler.You can hear them on The Empowered Parent Podcast and read their writing at One Big Happy Home.They have developed online training for parents and churches which is available at their online trauma schoolRyan and Kayla live in Dallas, TX with their 6 children and 2 dogs, Snowcone and Elvis.