What do rats, tumors, and resilience have in common with the people you serve? Listen in today as Suzanne discusses research that compares the idea of inescapable versus escapable trauma and how that impacts our physical immune systems as well as our emotional immune systems.
What do you do when you pass a homeless person begging on the streets? Do you give money? Do you feel guilty if you don’t give money? In today’s episode we talk about the very real obstacles facing the homeless. We discuss ways you can get involved in their lives and help them move significantly out of homelessness in towards stability. We discussed the challenges and obstacles associated with many programs designed to serve this population.
I've been sick the last couple weeks with COVID and so wasn't feeling up to posting anything last week. BUT, the show much go on!
Today, I am feeling better but my voice sounds worse, as everything in my chest is breaking up (gross!)
This week's episode is an audio file of my very first national presentation, at Heartbeat International's 2018 Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.
If you've been listening for a while, you probably already know that I am Founder and Executive Director of a maternity home in Tennessee. We serve mothers in crisis and virtually all I know about trauma, poverty mindset, and addiction, I experienced first through my moms and then sought out the research to better understand both their behaviors and how we, the staff, can help more effectively.
The first episode of each month, we have a series-within-a-series, focusing on starting a ministry from the ground up. This first episode will help you develop the grit, the resolve to persevere through the frustration and challenges to serve your community more effectively. It is a hard and draining job, but well worth every heartache and struggle. Decide early on that you will persevere so you can be useful to your community when they need you most!
When someone is used to a lifestyle of trauma, it affects their physical and emotional development. This episode explains the differences between sympathetic nervous system dominance and parasympathetic dominance as well as typical behaviors to expect. As you serve those with a higher trauma background, often those in the poverty class but not always, you are more likely to see certain behaviors that can be labeled a problem but are really their brains attempt to provide a solution.
Through today’s episode you will gain a deeper understanding of How our brains and our bodies rewire because of the trauma that we have experienced.
In today’s episode, Suzanne discusses what trauma means as well as the various types of trauma. Then, she introduces listeners to the ACEs survey and what that score can mean for you and your future.
How does anxiety affect the people you serve and how can you help? In this episode, Suzanne presents several practical ways you can respond both biblically and physically. Minister more effectively to those battling anxiety and panic attacks through the information you’ll learn in this episode.
How can giving financial gifts to the less fortunate be harmful?? Recognize the poverty mindset behind their material poverty or frustrate yourself when your sacrifice doesn’t magically fix their problems. Understand how a worldview of poverty is different from a lifestyle of material poverty. Learn ways to navigate around these obstacles so that you can serve your community more effectively.
This episode features an overview of how poverty mindset, and the church’s response, can damage relationships and harm those you seek to serve and also yourselves. Understand why people ask for help from you rather than helping themselves. Gain insight into learned helplessness and entitlement mentality. Learn tools to combat it in your ministry.
Check out this quick, funny video with Director, Suzanne, and find out why you should be encouraged when people tell you that you or your church family made them uncomfortable. As Suzanne shares this story about one of her clients, think about ways that you and your church are demonstrating a different way of life to the people you are ministering to, and how making them uncomfortable might be your best indication that you're making a difference in their lives!
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Suzanne is Founder and Director of a maternity home in Tennessee. She also offers coaching and training to churches and ministries, encouraging others to understand poverty, trauma, and addiction so that you can "Do Good - Well". Check out her most recent ebook, The Accidental Social Worker, as your free gift.
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