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Creating a Resilient World… One Church at a Time: Trauma Workshop

Creating a Resilient World . . . One Church at a Time: Trauma Workshop

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 | Doors open at 9:30 a.m. | Event is 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Trinity Moravian Church

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The impacts of trauma are far-reaching and affect every community throughout our world today. Studies indicate that up to 40% of American adults, many of whom are sitting in our pews, have experienced at least two adverse or traumatic experiences during their childhood. Sometimes, congregations also encounter collective traumas as a group or within their community.

Whether with individuals, families, or groups, pastors and ministry leaders regularly find themselves at the crossroads of tragedy and healing. How might the church minister to individuals experiencing distress and suffering in our churches and communities? One answer is to become trauma-informed.

Join us as Meredith Poe Martin from the Center for Trauma Resilient Communities helps us explore the connection between toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma, and community resilience.

Participants will leave with a better understanding of:

*         how trauma affects brain development and controls reactions;

*         how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress impact our lives, our work, and our congregations; and

*         how mandatory reporting laws work in North Carolina.

Representatives from the provincial mental health team will be present to offer local and national resources.

This event co-sponsored by the Moravian Church Southern Province and the Board of Cooperative Ministries.

About the Presenter

Meredith Poe Martin grew up at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC and from an early age valued the connection between our faith and our responsibility to care for those in need in our communities. She has continued to build her career at the intersection of faith and social work as a staff member in churches and nonprofit organizations. This work has helped developed Meredith’s passion around creating trauma resiliency in organizations that serve the most vulnerable among us. 

Meredith is an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church and currently serves as Director of Program Excellence at Crossnore School & Children’s Home. In this role, Meredith has directed the training, compliance, quality improvement, and referrals and admissions initiatives of the organization since 2016. Additionally, Meredith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate and provides outpatient therapy to clients at Crossnore. She is also a trauma-informed trainer, providing internal training at Crossnore and external training in churches and organizations interested in building trauma-informed communities. 

Meredith is a native of North Carolina and holds a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School and a Master of Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. She is married to Duncan and the couple has twin daughters who are in elementary school. Meredith enjoys running, travel, and time spent with family and friends.