A Joyful Testimony! I feel compelled to send this to you.
I really enjoyed the Trauma‐Focused Training that I recently took and received a certificate in. This training did a world of good for me both personally and professionally. I now feel more confident to deal with death pertaining to people in my own inner and close circles and even pertaining to my own mortality.
In my work with youth, I will be able to better respond to others and support them when dealing with a traumatic situation.
Our community is dealing with so much violence, trauma and deaths that most of our youth are losing hope. I feel in a much better place after this training to be able to assist them in what they are going through.
The training was well structured and detailed. Receiving so much take away material will also help me in my continued practice with all that I learned. I learned quite a few new words which I never heard before and which I will apply in my relations in the community.
I appreciated the PowerPoint presentations that happened at every class and the role‐play and POD sessions.The field trip to the funeral home also help relieve some of the myths and misconceptions I had around funerals and cemeteries.
As an instructor, Rev. Sky, you were brilliant in how you presented the material, making such a heavy topic a little more light‐hearted when needed.
Most of all I would say this training is relevant for everyone who lives and work in this community, not only with the repetitive gun violence and deaths we are experiencing, but also because we are all going to face death one day. I keep remembering you said that “every living thing and person will eventually die.”
All the participants in my POD felt a transformative connection with each other and our own spirituality by the end of the training. That is how powerful it was.
I would highly recommend this training for these reasons and so much more, which I would need to write a book to explain.
Thank you for what you do for us all in this community,
Community Development Coordinator