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Register Today for Jan. 30 Convening Event

All Are Invited to a Special Gathering on January 30

  • Learn practical ways to promote healing and build resilience in your community.
  • Learn more about the healing-engaged and trauma-informed movement.
  • Attend dynamic workshops. Hear inspiring speakers.

All are invited to:

Convening at the Intersection of Trauma, Faith and Resilience to Connect, Learn, Heal and Serve

Thursday, January 30, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Chicago Teacher’s Union Foundation,  1901 W. Carroll Avenue, Chicago

The day will provide an opportunity to connect with others, attend dynamic workshops and hear inspiring speakers, including keynote speaker, Dr. Iva Carruthers, founding trustee and General Secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, an interdenominational organization within the African American faith tradition focused on social justice issues.

During this special gathering we will:

  • Learn about the intersection of faith, trauma and resilience.
  • Discover concrete actions we can take to create, model and guide transformation to become trauma-responsive and healing-engaged congregations and communities.
  • Heal and nourish our own spirit.

Share Your Wisdom at the Share Fair: Share your resources, programs and experiences. To participate in this free opportunity, complete the Resource Share Fair Application at

Be a Sponsor: Increase awareness of your organization and its mission by supporting the trauma-informed movement! To learn more, contact Kirsten Peachey at 630-929-6017 or

 Register today by visiting  Registration fee of $30 or students $15 includes lunch and Continuing Education Unit for nurses and social workers. Questions and scholarship requests:  Contact Octavia Tyson at

“How-To” Workshops: Learn Strategies to Put Into Action

Option 1:  Dealing with Domestic Violence in the Parish. Father Chuck Dahm, Pastor, St. Pious V Catholic Church. Father Dahm will discuss signs and symptoms of domestic violence; how to recognize the impact of domestic violence, and how to identify small- and big-scale practical ways to become a trauma-informed and healing-engaged community of faith

 Option 2:  Eight Blocks at a Time: A Community-Based Approach to Building Resilience. Rev. Dr. Carolyn Vessel, Founder and CEO, I AM ABLE Center for Family Development, Inc. Rev. Dr. Vessel will discuss a faith-rooted community-based model for building resilience. For 27 years I AM ABLE, a Christian faith-based Community Mental Health Center, has been providing clinical and psychosocial services at the community level.  Through a variety of trauma-informed-care programmatic offerings, our family systems, strengths-based agency serves those at the fringes of life and turns no one away.

 Option 3:  Nurturing Psychological and Spiritual Wellness in the Muslim Community. Dr. Fahad Kahn, Deputy Director and Clinical Director, The Khalil Center. Dr. Kahn will discuss  the sources and impacts of trauma in the Muslim community and how to incorporate practical methods of promoting psychological and spiritual wellness in the Muslim community.

 Option 4:  Restorative Justice Practices: A Relationship-Building Approach. Minister Attorney Michelle Day, Founder and CEO, Nehemiah Trinity Rising. Restorative Justice emphasizes building interpersonal and systemic relationships that prevent or repair unjust behavior through collective efforts. It is both a way of life which fosters the existence and continuity of a strong community and a process that creates space for truth telling and healing to happen where harm has occurred. This workshop will offer experiences of a variety of restorative justice practices that can be practiced in a faith-based setting as part of the commitment to being healing engaged.

Option 5: Resilience and Healing for Those Who Provide Support for Others. Staycie Flint, Chaplain, Advocate Children’s Hospital. When we journey with each other through times of crisis, trauma or adversity, we take each other’s burdens into our own bodies and spirits. This conversation provides space for participants to talk about how we can nurture our own thriving as we walk alongside others in times of stress.

Option 6:  Recognizing and Healing Inequities & Oppression in Faith Communities. Rabbi Menachem Cohen, Mitzuit Jewish Community, Spiritual Director, Game Designer. Faith communities are human institutions and we often inflict wounds on each other through judgement, exclusion, abuse, or spiritual harm. This workshop explores the work of accountability and repair as a central task of becoming trauma informed and healing engaged.

Option 7:  Liturgy, Ritual and Prophetic Communication as Approaches to Healing. Rev. Dr. Lis Valle, Assistant Professor of Homiletics, McCormick Theological Seminary. This workshop explores how both formal and informal ritual and liturgy can offer powerful ways for us to process and heal when we experience trauma and adversity as individuals, but also as communities and across history.

Option 8:  Addiction, Recovery and Healing—Practices and Approaches in the Jewish Tradition. Cantor Rabbi Rob Jury, Anshe Tikvah. This workshop will introduce Jewish practices for recovery and healing of trauma and addiction.  Participants will have the opportunity to ground themselves in a Jewish sacred text and meditative practice, learn about resources available in the Jewish community to address trauma and addiction.  The workshop will also have a brief question and answer period for participants to explore incorporating these spiritual practices in their own context.


A joint project of Advocate Health Care & the OCEAN-HP at the University of Illinois at Chicago.