Janyne McConnaughey - Trauma in the Pews
October 20, 2022
Hosted by Ingrid Cockhren
A supportive community can serve as a primary catalyst for healing both individual and collective trauma. Faith-based entities, organizations, and churches have been the conduit for transformation and healing if they understand PACE's science. Unfortunately, history has shown shame and blame theology, as well as the stigmatization of mental health supports, has not only perpetuated but also inflicted trauma on many in the congregation. Janyne McConnaughey, PhD is a nationally known trauma-informed author and speaker who began healing from the impact of her childhood trauma at the age of sixty-one. Realizing that healing was possible for survivors, she authored three memoirs describing the effects of childhood trauma and the paths to healing that changed her life. Janynee's recently published book, Trauma in the Pews: The Impact on Faith and Spiritual Practices draws from her thirty-three-year career training teachers and ministry workers at colleges and universities as well as her life-long involvement in church ministry. She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Innovation from Colorado State University–Denver and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN). Janyne is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tabor College (Master of Education: Neuroscience and Trauma). She and her husband live south of Seattle with their rescue dog Weber where they enjoy exploring the Pacific Northwest and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
History. Culture. Trauma
Thursday at 1PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
According to Resmaa Menakem, trauma decontextualized over time looks like culture. We, at PACEs Connection, agree. 2020, with COVID-19, our climate crisis, and the racial reckoning, has shown us that trauma is embedded within our institutions, our culture, and our history. 2020 was a collective trauma. And, with the addition of technological advances like the internet and social media, we are more connected to our collective selves than ever before. We can no longer live in silos, focused on the individual. We know now that our shared experiences matter. Our podcast will examine trauma and resilience, not just at the individual level, at the systems and cultural level. How has the trauma of slavery and genocide impacted our current society? Why are the cultural manifestations of trauma, i.e., community violence, school shootings, etc., so pervasive? Together, our hosts and their guests will outline the true impact of trauma and resilience on the human experience.
Ingrid Cockhren knows first-hand how impactful trauma and toxic stress can be for children and families and has dedicated her professional life to investigating and educating the public about the link between early trauma, early adversity, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), positive childhood experiences and the consequences that occur across the lifespan. Specializing in creating equitable and inclusive environments within organizations, collective impacts and grassroot movements, Cockhren uses her knowledge of stress, trauma, historical trauma, human development, and psychology to translate research concerning DEI into community, workplace, and organizational solutions. Cockhren graduated from Tennessee State University with a B.S. in psychology and from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College with a M.Ed. in child studies specializing in minority and impoverished children. Her research areas are African American parenting styles, positive and adverse childhood experiences, historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, brain development, developmental psychology, and epigenetics. Cockhren’s experience includes juvenile justice, family counseling, early childhood education, professional development, consulting, and community education. She is currently CEO at PACEs Connection and an adjunct professor specializing in Black psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, and personality theory at Tennessee State University.