Registration Open for June’s Symposium on Trauma-Informed Spiritual Care

WHAT: Trauma-Informed Spiritual Care: Help for the Ongoing Trauma and Aftermath of COVID-19

An Online Symposium presented by Oates Institute, comprising 8 live one-hour presentations by multidisciplinary speakers.


WHEN: June 2 – 12, 2020

Live presentations will take place at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. EST. Recordings will also be made available to participants.

FOR: Spiritual caregivers, chaplains, clergy, addictions counselors, medical professionals, domestic violence counselors, and other interested persons.

Professional chaplains who participate in the entire program can up to 15 hours of Continuing Education Credit.

HOW: All presentations are delivered live via Adobe Connect over a two-week period. Each presenter will provide a paper and/or PowerPoint on a specific issue related to trauma-induced crises, with time for a follow-up question-and-answer session. In addition to the live presentations, there will be collaborative learning discussions about each topic/presentation via the Oates Institute learning platform. All sessions will be recorded and available for review.



Oates Institute Members: $45 Individual / $95 for more than three viewing at one computer.

Non-members: $97 individual $195 for more than three viewing at one computer.   

Register Below. Capacity is 150 spots – these spots will fill up fast.

Student and Some Scholarships Available

NOTE: Single members can purchase the symposium for $45 (purchase here). Members who wish to share the access with others can purchase for $95 (purchase here). Non-Members are $175 (purchase here). Non-Members wishing to have multiple users costs $195 (purchase here).



Presentation Schedule

June 2, 2020

7 p.m. EST

An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Resiliency Care

Beatriz Vides and David McCorkle, LCSW

Co-Founders and Faculty of the Center for Trauma Resilient Communities

Beatriz Vides shares the story of resilience and survival with the many children and families she has worked with throughout her career. She was a child during the civil war in El Salvador before moving to the United States, giving her a distinct and personal understanding of the effects of trauma.

As a faculty member for the Sanctuary Institute in Yonkers, N.Y., Beatriz achieved prominence in adapting the theories of The Sanctuary Model® into daily practice in multiple settings. Her work in schools, residential programs, community-based programs, and hospitals has helped to create healing communities across the United States. Beatriz has worked as a consultant with Crossnore School & Children’s Home since 2014. She co-founded the Center for Trauma Resilient Communities, a program of Crossnore School & Children’s Home, in 2018.

Beatriz also has 30 years of experience working with children and families in New York City, as well as rural upstate New York, and around the country. She served as director of Child Care Services for Astor Services for Children. Her work has also taken her to Nepal and South Africa. Beatriz is a sought-after trainer who uses experiential methods and creativity to create a learning community and she has helped create trauma-informed schools in New York State, New York City, and North Carolina.

Beatriz earned her B.A. from Hunter College and SUNY Albany and has completed additional graduate studies at SUNY Albany. She is active in rescuing abused and neglected animals.


David McCorkle is a veteran Broadway performer who brings training to life wherever he goes. As a senior faculty member at the Sanctuary Institute in Yonkers, N.Y., David trained organizations in The Sanctuary Model® across the United States and in Malta, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. His experience with organizations caring for victims of trauma in domestic violence shelters, homeless and migrant shelters, psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers, schools, community mental health, and family support centers has given David unique insights into the effects of trauma across a diverse spectrum of people and organizational situations.

David has been the principal trainer of The Sanctuary Model® for Crossnore School & Children’s Home since 2008. David and the Crossnore Sanctuary trainers devised the Train the Trainer program so that ongoing training could be offered to staff year-round. He co-founded the Center for Trauma Resilient Communities, a program of Crossnore School & Children’s Home, in 2018.

In addition to his work with the Sanctuary Institute and Crossnore, David maintains a private therapy practice in New York City. He has been published in Psychiatric Quarterly, The International Journal for Therapeutic and Supportive Organizations, Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, and he co-wrote a chapter on traumatic loss in Loss, Hurt, and Hope: The Complex Issues of Bereavement and Trauma in Children by Lorelei Atalie Vargas and Sandra L. Bloom.

David is a native of North Carolina and graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. He lives in New York City and is active at St. Marks in the Bowery in their Arts and Social Justice outreach ministries.


June 3, 2020

3 p.m. EST

Trauma and the Brain: How to Work with People in Crisis

The Rev. Dr. Caitlin Simpson

The Rev. Dr. Caitlin Simpson specializes in educating care providers on how to use trauma-informed care/ministry when working with trauma survivors. She focuses on how the brain reacts to trauma and how to use de-escalating tools to allow for healing and recovery.

She is certified as a domestic violence advocate with the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a suicide intervention bystander trainer with the QPR Institute, and an anti-racism/pro-reconciliation trainer with the Southeast Regional Fellowship with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

She currently serves as pastor of New Life in Christ Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as part of Mission Behind Bars and Beyond. This unique congregation exists inside of a transition facility for inmates in recovery as they prepare for transition back into the community. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Bellarmine University, teaching undergraduate students how to use trauma-informed care when serving and working with marginalized communities.

The Rev. Dr. Caitlin Simpson holds a PhD in Education and Social Change from Bellarmine University with a focus on trauma-informed ministry in pastoral care education. She received her MDiv from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.


June 3, 2020

7 p.m. EST

Thinking Theologically in the Era of Trauma

Jennifer Baldwin, PhD, LPC, NCC, Executive Director, Grounding Flight Wellness Center

Jennifer Baldwin is a Licensed Professional Counselor, specializing in trauma recovery, mind/body connection, and faith and health. Jennifer’s work is highly integrative of body, mind, and spirit, based on the perspective that healing relational and emotional wounds requires care of body and spirit as well as our minds. She has significant experience working with traumatic experiences, developmental trauma, anxiety, depression, self-injury, and faith challenges.

Jennifer is also an academic theologian, trained in Christian theology and ordained by Virginia-Highland Church. She holds degrees in theology from Columbia Theological Seminary (MATS) and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago with an emphasis in religion and science (ThM, PhD). Her interdisciplinary doctoral research focused on theological responses to traumatic experiences. During her doctoral work, Jennifer began developing “Trauma Sensitive Theology” to respond with theological and spiritual integrity and responsibility to survivors of traumatic experiences.

Jennifer is a lifelong dancer, trained in contemporary, tap, ballet, and aerial arts. She is interested in movement traditions that emphasize somatic awareness, body-mind connection, and emotional processing and exploration via movement. Her focus is on movement practices that help us process experiences, attune to our body, and find grounded balance in the midst of the momentum of life.

Jennifer is the author of Trauma Sensitive Theology, and editor of Sensing Sacred, and Embracing the Ivory Tower and Stained Glass Windows.


June 4, 2020

7 p.m. EST

Working with People in a Traumatic Crisis: Making the Shift from Victim to Witness of Our Own Internal Dialogues and Processes

The Rev. Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed, Visiting Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care, Union Theological Seminary, Academic Entrepreneur

The Rev. Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed is an academic entrepreneur whose work bridges church and academy, spirituality and practice, personal faith and public theology, prayer and practices of justice. After more than five years in pastoral ministry and over a decade of teaching in seminaries and divinity schools, she has expanded her vocational purpose through roles as a public practical theologian, collaborative advocate, mentor, coach, and researcher.

She earned her PhD in Religion at Vanderbilt University and her MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her research as a theological ethnographer and a practical theologian focuses on how ministers learn the practice of ministry over time. In Anatomy of a Schism, she explores the intersection of women, religion, psychology, and power in the case study of Southern Baptists. Her next book is Women in Ministry in America. She is currently editing a book on Baptists and Intersectionality.

The Rev. Dr. Campbell-Reed was born to white families in the South, yet came into the world wired for the pursuit of justice and a vision of equity for everyone. From her earliest memories she saw the world through feminist eyes. As she grew up and listened to people’s experiences, she came to see how systems of injustice and violence privilege her as a person who is identified as white, female, able-bodied, and heterosexual. Meanwhile, those same systems of the dominant culture maintain harm and marginalize people of color, folks who identify as LGBTQIA+, and people living with fewer resources or physical limitations. She is called to advocate and join with people who are marginalized and harmed to undo, subvert, and remake the social and religious institutions that do violence and perpetuate harm. Her vocational joy comes through engaging in sacred, spiritually, and socially redeeming and liberating work that includes teaching, mentoring, coaching, research, and writing.


June 9, 2020

3 p.m. EST

The Heart and Soul of Healing for Ourselves and Others: Lessons I’m Learning

Carolyn E. Yoder, LPC, Founding Director of STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience)

Carolyn E. Yoder is the founding director of STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience), a justice and conflict-informed training program of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. STAR has trained thousands of civil society leaders on five continents in building resilient communities amidst crisis, division, and violence. She is the author of The Little Book of Trauma Healing: When Violence Strikes and Community Security is Threatened(2nd edition release May 2020). After 18 years of living and working in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caucasus, she has returned to Harrisonburg, Va., where she has a private practice and offers community trauma resources online at


June 10, 2020

3 p.m. EST

Organizational Trauma Informed Care

Brett Loftis, JD, Co-Founder of The Center for Trauma Resilient Communities and CEO, Crossnore School & Children’s Home

As the chief executive officer of Crossnore School & Children’s Home, Brett Loftis leads an organization that is dedicated to growing healthy futures for children and families. His experience working in a residential program for at-risk children and as guardian ad litem in South Carolina, a youth minister in Texas, an attorney and the executive director of the Council for Children’s Rights in Charlotte, N.C., positioned him well to assume the executive role at Crossnore in 2013.

Brett co-founded the Center for Trauma Resilient Communities, a program of Crossnore School & Children’s Home, in 2018. The Center for Trauma Resilient Communities helps organizations embed and embody the science of trauma resilience. Brett works across the nation training organizations to become trauma-informed and to build trauma resilience for their staff and clients.

Brett received his undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Political Science from Furman University. His passion for children eventually sent him to Wake Forest University School of Law to continue his career in child advocacy. Brett was appointed to the North Carolina Child Well-Being Transformation Council and serves on the board of the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice. He is past chair of the board of trustees for Benchmarks N.C., an alliance of agencies helping children, adults, and families. Brett also speaks statewide and nationally about child welfare, trauma and resilience, as well as leadership development.


June 11, 2020


Trauma Informed Ministry

The Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Streets, Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Pastoral Theology

The Rev. Dr. Streets served as the senior pastor of the Mount Aery Baptist Church, Bridgeport, Conn., from 1975 – 1992. He also served as the Yale University chaplain and the senior pastor of the Church of Christ at Yale from 1992-2007, where he established a model of multi-faith campus ministry in honor of Yale’s centennial and wrote Preaching in the New Millennium (Yale University Press, 2005).

In 2008, the Rev. Dr. Streets was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where he taught in the Department of Practical Theology and explored the intersection of religious, social welfare, and medical institutional outreach services to those affected by and/or infected with HIV and AIDS.

The Rev. Dr. Streets is a licensed social worker who has taught at Wurzweiler School of Social Work and the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Conn. A native of Chicago, he has been nurtured by the American Baptist Convention, Progressive National Baptist Convention, and United Church of Christ denominations. He has published numerous articles and book chapters and is the recipient of many awards. He earned his MDiv from Yale University Divinity School; his MSW and DSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University; and his DD from Ottawa (Kansas) University.


June 12, 2020


Integration and Wrap-up

Rev. Dr. Rick Underwood, Executive Director, Oates Institute

Rick Underwood has been executive director of the Oates Institute since 2014. His experience spans the fields of counseling, theology, business, and sports. He has 35 years of experience as a Professional Pastoral Counselor and supervisor. Rick is a bi-vocational pastor, currently serving Hempridge Baptist Church. He also serves as a PRN Chaplain at University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Campus.

He has been a consultant and executive in both non-profit and for-profit sectors. He is the owner/operator of Next Level Institute, a consultant with Leadership Management International, and is a trainer for Trauma Resilient Communities. After earning his MS at the University of Louisville, he joined the faculty as an adjunct professor in their Organizational Leadership graduate program.

Rick is also an author and speaker, and has spent 25 years as a college and high school soccer coach. He gained valuable insights from reading publications of the presenters featured in this symposium, and is grateful to them for sharing their knowledge and expertise through the Oates Institute.