Understanding Trauma Bonds

October 17, 2022  2:00 PM MDT
60 minutes
CEU’s available

Description:  Exploitive Relationships create betrayal bonds. These occur when a victim bonds with someone who is destructive to him or her.

We typically think of bonding as something good. However, adult survivors of abusive or dysfunctional families, abortion, and other traumatic events struggle with bonds that are rooted in their own betrayal experiences.

There is a wide range of symptoms: Reactivity, arousal, blocking, splitting, abstinence, shame, and repetition compulsion can all work in the service of traumatic bonding. As a result, these supercharged, traumatic relationships can have tremendous power.

This workshop integrates information from the science of trauma with the field of addictions to explore betrayal bonds in relationships.

We will provide a helpful diagnostic tool: The Trauma Stress Index that can be scored to help shed light on the particular ways that trauma might be manifesting itself in your client’s life, or maybe even your own.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how exploitive relationships create betrayal bonds.
  2. Integrate information from the science of trauma with the field of addictions to explore betrayal bonds in relationships.
  3. Discuss the Trauma Stress Index to shed light on the particular ways trauma may be manifesting in your clients’ lives, or even your own.

The Healing Power of Tears

October 17, 2022  12:00 PM MDT
60 minutes
Please note: this session is available for Rachel’s Vineyard Team Members only

Description:  This seminar will focus on the amazing health benefits found in tears! We will begin the seminar with a personal experiential reflection followed by brainstorming the many reasons that people are afraid to cry.

We will explore the critical importance of letting go of out-dated, untrue misconceptions and negative beliefs about expressing tears and grief.

Our bodies produce three kinds of tears: reflexive, continuous, and emotional. Each kind has very specific and unique healing role for the body and the immune system. During this seminar you will learn about each of these types of tears, ultimately demonstrating why it is healthy to cry.

Understanding the benefit of tears can help our clients surrender into the grieving process, allowing them to overcome resistance to the stages of grief. These stages include anger, denial, and avoidance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the reasons people are afraid to cry.
  2. List the physiological, emotional and physical benefits of crying.
  3. Understand how holding back tears and stuffing powerful emotions related to grief and trauma can aggravate depression and other health problems.

Abortion Survivors

October 17, 2022  11:00 AM MDT
45 minutes
CEU’s available

Description:  Children born because they are wanted, try to stay wantable. Eventually, they resent being dangled by the tenuous thread of wantedness and violently rebel. Children who live in countries where many or most children are aborted, have siblings who were aborted, who are part of a minority who would have been aborted had they been detected, or who have survived an abortion attempt, are Abortion Survivors.

Abortion and Depression

October 17, 2022  9:45 AM  MDT
60 minutes
CEU’s available

Description:  The psychological bond between mother and unborn child is triggered by both physical/ hormonal changes, as well as the motherʼs support system and culture. The nine months of pregnancy are a journey of dramatic and rapid developmental transformation for both mother and child.

Buckle Your Safety Belt

Crash Course on Personality Disorders

October 17, 2022  8:00 AM MDT
90 minutes
CEU’s available

Description:  Safety tips for helping companions on the Bipolar Roller Coaster to manage projections and being cast as a perpetrator in the trauma drama repetitions.

We begin with a brief overview of how trauma can distort natural gifts into the neurotic world and begin the genesis of a personality disorders.

Using a case example, we look at the role of previous sexual abuse and other trauma in relation to the challenges this can present in a ministry with post abortive/sexually abused clients, and the latest research on trauma treatment will help us understand the challenges presented in helping ministries and point the way to a safe and effective response.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the relationship between sexual/physical abuse and abortion in creating unique challenges for those who serve them.
  2. Borderline Personality Disorder as a framework to understand the individual and relational symptoms that can significantly impact helping relationships.
  3. Use a case study to understand the unique intimacy issues with women or men who have experienced sexual abuse and the effect on relationships with clergy.
  4. Outline safety tips for clergy and counselors vulnerable to boundary difficulties.
  5. Define transference and counter transference in their ministry relationships.
  6. Provide a safe and effective therapeutic and ministry response to those suffering sexual abuse, abortion loss, and other traumatic experiences.