From Trauma-Informed Care to Healing-Centered Engagement

Book: The Four Pivots: Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves by Shawn A. Ginwright, PhD

Article: The Future of Healing: Shifting From Trauma Informed Care to Healing Centered Engagement by Shawn A. Ginwright, PhD

Brené Brown's "Unlocking Us" Podcast: Dr. Shawn Ginwright on The Four Pivots: Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves

Leah Manaema's Instagram: @co_cu1tur3

2024 Workshop Series: Advancing Equity: Applying Healing-centered Engagement to your Leadership Practice

Resources from the March 20 Workshop (with permission from our partners at Lutheran Services in America): 

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A number of regular participants in Courageous Leadership joined us on Wednesday, March 20, for an online workshop, Advancing Equity: Applying Healing-centered Engagement to Your Leadership Practice: Pivot #1: Presence. This was the first in a four-part series, built on the seminal work of scholar and practitioner Dr. Shawn Ginwright:

While trauma-informed care offers an important lens to support [people] who have been harmed and emotionally injured, it also has its limitations....

What is needed is an approach that allows practitioners to approach trauma with a fresh lens that promotes a holistic view of healing from traumatic experiences and environments. One approach is called healing-centered, as opposed to trauma-informed. A healing centered approach is holistic involving culture, spirituality, civic action, and collective healing. A healing-centered approach views trauma not simply as an individual isolated experience, but rather highlights the ways in which trauma and healing are experienced collectively. The term healing-centered engagement expands how we think about responses to trauma and offers more holistic approach to fostering well-being.

Join us as we hear from Jill Beverlin, Jason O'Neill, and others who participated in the workshop. Let's learn together -- with an additional lens of coaching -- how this applies to all of our ministry contexts. We will also discuss faithful next steps.

This 2024 workshop series is being hosted through the Faith, Families and Community Partnerships Initiative -- a collaboration between Lutheran Services in America and ELCA World Hunger -- and is designed to support staff at any level of leadership in applying healing-centered engagement in their work. In the words of Dr. Ginwright, it takes practitioners beyond trauma-informed care responses to a “more holistic approach to fostering well-being.” Additionally, it recognizes the ways in which “trauma and healing are experienced collectively” to support improved well-being for families and communities.

Full details, including about the remaining workshops, can be found here: