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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Risking Connection® in Faith Communities Curriculum

March 11, 12 and 13, 2010

8:30am - 5:00pm Thursday and Friday. 8:30 - 3:00pm Saturday
Loyola University Conference Center, Columbia, Maryland
8890 McGaw Road, Columbia, MD, 21045
Register here
Join us for an informative and intensive three-day training devoted to the essentials of the Risking Connection®in Faith Communities Curriculum. Risking Connection® uses a new way of thinking and relating to take the fear out of helping trauma survivors. RC makes it easier for you and the survivors in your life.
Risking Connection® teaches a relational framework and skills for working with survivors of traumatic experiences. The focus is on the relationship as the active ingredient in healing.
Elizabeth Power. M.Ed.
Open to Individual Registrants and Organizations
For group rates call 410-825-8888
Price includes Risking Connection Training Manual
Continental breakfast and lunch provided for all days.
Risking Connection® in Faith Communities
Learn about the nature of psychological trauma, how it affects people, and how faith leaders can help. Because this presentation is addressed to spiritual and lay religious leaders, particular attention is paid to the spiritual impact of trauma. We focus on the need for growth-promoting relationships; explore the connection between trauma and spiritual distress; recognize the value of spirituality in recovery; address the impact of trauma on the helper; and looks at how faith communities can promote healing.
18 Continuing Education Credits Available for $30.00
Who Benefits from Risking Connection?

  • Mental health clinicians,agencies, and systems
  • Child- and youth-serving agencies
  • Clergy and faith leaders
  • Educators
  • Military family support programs
  • Domestic violence and rape crisis staff
  • Medical providers
  • Substance abuse professionals
  • Criminal justice professionals
  • Trauma survivors
  • Family and friends
  • Elder care workers

Learning Objectives
When you complete this course, you’ll be able to:
  • Utilize the Risking Connection® framework when supporting trauma survivors in your workplace or community
  • Recognize the impact of traumatic events on people who survive them
  • Explain the relationships among trauma, mental illness, and addictions
  • Share the role and function of RICH™ relationships
  • Notice your own reactions and use your self-awareness to help yourself and others
  • Create a plan for self-care that addresses vicarious traumatization
Module 1. Understanding Trauma
  • Definition
  • Impact Events
  • Carryover
  • Characteristics
  • Attachment
  • Obstacles to Healing

Module 2. The Impact of Trauma
  • Development and Trauma
  • Effects on Body and Brain/ Memory and Perception/Judgment/Beliefs/Frame of  Reference/Feelings
  • Community-based Trauma

Module 3. RICH™ Relationships
  • What Are RICH Relationships?
  • Benefits of RICH Relationships
  • Behaviors of RICH Relationships
  • RICH Relationships and Healing

Module 4. Vicarious Trauma
  • What Is VT?
  • Why Is VT Important?
  • Is VT the same as Countertransference?
  • How Does VT Impact Us?
  • What Causes VT?
  • Self-Care
  • ABCs
  • VT and Communities

Elizabeth Power is an educator and program developer with expertise in competency-based adult learning and replication programs. She has developed programs for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Children’s Institute, and for the National Center for PTSD. In addition, she provides training development , delivery and evaluation services in the corporate sector. She is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association, the American Society for Training and the International Women’s Writing Guild. She is the CEO of EPower & Associates, Sidran’s authorized Risking Connection Training provider.
For more information on the Risking Connection® program, visit
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Loyola University Conference Center, 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia, MD, 21045.
For directions, visit or call 410-617-7600.

Overnight accommodations may be booked
at the Extended Day Deluxe Columbia,
8890 Stanford Blvd. To reserve a room, call
410-872-2994 $89.99 Loyola Rate

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