Trauma and Resilience

A Journey Towards Healing

Length: Self-paced (2-3 weeks recommended for completion)

Format: Recorded videos, text, and interactive content

Skill Level: All levels

Program Description

In January of 2021, Pastor Carla Wilson and Dr. Kris Albert created this program as an Adult Ed offering at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Lancaster, PA. (www.GoodShepherdLancaster.org) Thus, this program references God, Jesus, and other aspects of Christian and specifically ELCA Lutheran Theology, though resources come from both sacred and secular sources. We invite you to enter into this program from a place of receptive openness. If you do not identify as a Christian or an ELCA Lutheran, we believe there is plenty within the program that can be valuable to you as you seek to understand trauma and practices for resilience.

While we know that the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it more than its fair share of uncertainty and trauma, so too did other conditions of 2020 – the economy, politics, isolation, and so much more. Whether we realized it or not, many of us have experienced a degree of trauma resulting from the volatility, uncertainty, and complexity of this time.

In the first part of this two-part program, Trauma and Resilience: A Journey Towards Healing, you will explore how life has changed, what trauma looks like, and gain an understanding and awareness of how trauma shows up in our bodies and our behaviors.

In the second part of the program, you will learn what it takes to create safe and healthy spaces, and how to create space and conditions for resilience in your relationships, routines, and self-care. Experience opportunities to engage in mindful and centering practices and centering prayer and create your vision and plan for taking care of yourself in traumatic times.

What are the requirements?

Basic computer literacy and word processing skills. Ability to navigate the program pages using a navigation toolbar on the left hand side of the screen.

What am I going to get from this Program?

Recognize signs of Pandemic-related trauma and tools for cultivating resilience.

Who is this Program for?

All individuals interested in self-care.

About the Instructors

Dr. Kristen Albert, aka Kris, is a lifelong resident of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA and is President and Lead Coach of Turning Points LLC (https://www.LiveWorkSatisfied.com). Kris's passion is helping people engage life at the top of their game -- in work, in service, in relationships, and at play --so they can live life, fully satisfied. She is a trained coach and holds certification in Ontological Coaching from the Newfield Network in Boulder, Co., and earned her Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) from the University of Delaware in 2006. She lives in Lancaster with her husband Doug.

Kris's Racial Justice Journey:

About 3 years ago, Kris began a personal journey to unpack and understand her personal relationship with white privilege and implicit bias, and set herself on a path to help other white Americans of European descent to the same, and further, to declare themselves to be anti-racists, not only in self identification, but in determined and focused action. Since then she has developed an online implicit bias training entitled Intro to Power, Privilege, and Leadership for white people who are beginning their own journeys. Kris is an active member of the Lancaster Be the Bridge group, is a member of Lancaster Stands Up, and the NAACP. She has developed and facilitates Racial Justice Small Groups for the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Lancaster. And she is currently engaged in a 10-month "Racial Healing and Wellness Coaching Program" to continue to focus her growth, learning, and actions on eradicating racial injustice and creating equity and safety in all spaces within her sphere of influence.

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