Day of Hope is a one-day event focused on providing encouragement and hope for the men and women on the frontlines of trauma in West Michigan.

Day of Hope will feature break-outs and training on compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and working through post-traumatic events for those who encounter trauma (in its various forms) within their work environment.

This event is open to parents, public safety workers, first responders, medical staff, educational staff, human services and ministry workers in the West Michigan Area.

In partnership with Winning at Home and other local agencies we will provide the following tracks for fostering greater awareness and resiliency when encountering trauma in the various fields.

Medical Workers//First Responders//Public Safety and Their Spouses/Loved Ones

This seminar will educate through “boots on the ground” experiences and will provide responders and their loved ones with a clear picture on why this profession leads to destructive and unhealthy lifestyle habits.  We will demonstrate how our inability to manage the cumulative stress from daily exposures to adrenaline and trauma negatively affects our safety, decision-making and one’s ability to remain ethically solid.

You, your work “family and your loved ones will be armed with tools to manage the everyday unique stressors and will be able to recognize the warning signs for chronic and post-traumatic stress and suicidal behavior. You will learn realistic, simple and successful methods to help rescue the rescuers!

  • Stepping off the adrenaline roller coaster
  • The “Terrible 10”
  • Suicidal tendencies awareness
  • Post-traumatic stress symptoms
  • Managing critical incident stress
  • Identifying cumulative acute stress
  • Core values vs. situational values
  • Lifestyle habits warning signs
  • Support keys & phrases
  • 4 C’s for survival

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Human Services//Ministry Workers

Speaker: Dr. Matt Biller

Counselors, social workers and ministry workers work on the frontlines of trauma on a daily basis. This track will focus on the realities of vicarious and secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.

The first break-out session will address working through traumatic situations (in the moment) and fostering self-awareness to combat secondary trauma.

The second break-out session will address ongoing secondary trauma and practical self-care in human services and ministry field.

Educators and School Workers and the Elementary Ages

Speaker: Kristyn Sterk, LMSW

Elementary school workers are encountering more students with Adverse Childhood Experiences and are on the frontlines of trauma on a daily basis. This track will focus on the realities of vicarious and secondary trauma and compassion fatigue for teachers and school workers that encounter trauma in elementary age classrooms.

The first break-out session will address working through traumatic situations (in the moment) and fostering self-awareness to combat secondary trauma.

The second break-out session will address ongoing secondary trauma and practical self-care in the educational field.

Educators and School Workers and the Adolescent Ages

Speaker: Josh Zoerhof, MA, LLPC

Middle and High School workers are encountering more students with Adverse Childhood Experiences and are on the frontlines of trauma on a daily basis. This track will focus on the realities of vicarious and secondary trauma and compassion fatigue for teachers and school workers that encounter trauma in adolescent age classrooms.

The first break-out session will address working through traumatic situations (in the moment) and fostering self-awareness to combat secondary trauma.

The second break-out session will address ongoing secondary trauma and practical self-care in educational field.

Educational Administrators

Speaker: Rebekah Schipper, Opportunity Thrive

Trauma is certainly affecting the every day reality of our students in our schools, but it is also affecting the wellbeing of our staff as well. Weare facing unprecedented levels of stress amongst our teaching staff and rampant burnout across our buildings.

The first session will help equip administrators with the tools to identify the stress, the foundational needs of the adults in their buildings, and what skills we need to build individually and as a school culture to help us thrive.

The second session will help administrators understand what the research says in regards to the traits of a calm classroom and then together we will translate that into how this impacts the systems we set up school-wide.

Parenting In and Through Trauma

Speaker: Yvonne Woodrick, I Understand – Love Heals

Parents, adoptive parents, foster care families, and caregivers encounter trauma in their daily lives. This track will focus on the realities of vicarious and secondary trauma and compassion fatigue for those who parent through trauma.

The first break-out session will address working through traumatic situations (in the moment) and fostering self-awareness to combat secondary trauma.

The second break-out session will address ongoing secondary trauma and practical self-care.

Join Us For A Day of Hope On March 7, 2020 from 9a-2p!