Trauma-Informed Worship:
Supporting Trauma Healing During Worship

Ensure your worship practice and environment support the safety and healing of those impacted by traumatic experiences.

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What You Will Learn

Becoming a Trauma-Informed Church Takes More than a Checklist

Each week, we gather as the Body of Christ. We pray and praise, listen to a sermon, and share in a meal of Holy Communion. And although many leave feeling encouraged and uplifted, others may have just as easily found worship to be uncomfortable, scary, unwelcoming, and full of triggers and sensory overload.

Ensuring that worship is safe for everyone requires more than just a checklist. We have to shift how we think about hospitality, healing, our own pain, as well as our worship spaces and practices. This is where that work happens.

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In Trauma-Informed Worship, you’ll discover postures and practices that support and include everyone, like:

  • Healing that empowers more healers
  • A new framework for hospitality and solidarity
  • Increased participation in the congregation’s commitment to healing
  • Understanding how and why worship can be such a trigger to people dealing with trauma
  • …and so much more!
Trauma Informed Worship


The content is great and the format reshapes our ideas of how we behave as a group of church people coming together to do God's work.

Shift Ministry Models

It’s tempting to imagine our experience of worship is, more or less, everyone’s experience. This isn’t just wrong, however. It’s also dangerous. The truth is that worship can be a troubling experience for people who have suffered traumatic events and for who pain is a lived experience.

Once we understand this, we can expand our imagination for what worship can and should be ― a safe place for everyone to come before God and their neighbors. This is a chance to do just that. There’s work to be done. We hope you’ll join us.

Course Agenda

Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez,
Author and Freelance Theologian

Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez recently graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Master of Divinity degree. During the height of the pandemic, she served as Vicar and sole pastoral presence to the congregation of St. Andrew Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Currently, Ohman-Rodriguez is in the first call process in Word and Sacrament ministry in the ELCA.

Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez's extensive work in faith formation curricula, devotions, and worship resources is published by Augsburg Fortress, Sparkhouse, and Westminster John Knox Press in the resources of Fed and Forgiven, Sundays and Seasons, Christ in our Home, Spark, Whirl, Frolic, Feasting on the Word Curriculum, in leader sourcebooks accompanying the work the Dan Erlander, and used as prayers in the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.

Since 2016, much of Ohman-Rodriguez's writing focuses on the intersection between faith, traumatic experiences, and trauma recovery. Her first book, A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance: A Love Story of Grief, Trauma, Healing, and Faith, was published by Chalice Press. Her magazine articles and essays appear in Bearings Online, Gather, The Christian Century, Young Children, Young Children and the Creative Arts, QC Family Focus, The Lutheran, The Lutheran Digest, Zoay, Books Make a Difference, The Living Lutheran, Faith+Lead as well as The Little Lutheran and The Little Christian. Ohman-Rodriguez also curates the Trauma Recovery Page at Compassionate Christianity and is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter.

Prior to ministry, Ohman-Rodriguez worked in the early care and education field for twenty years. In 1993 she earned a Master of Education degree from the Erikson Institute for Advanced Studies in Child Development in Chicago, Illinois. During her career she taught in a variety of settings including childcare, traditional preschool, Head Start, and at the college level. She also directed a preschool program, worked as a teacher trainer, and developed an inclusive arts program for preschool-age children in Wisconsin. She is the co-creator and served as the first coordinator of Quality through Accreditation, an early care and education quality enhancement program based in the Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities. Along with two other professionals she presented ideas for raising early care and education quality at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference (NAEYC) in 2007.

Before becoming an educator, Ohman-Rodriguez was a professionally trained musician with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Registration Info
Course Dates: October 22, 2022

Get Access for $55.

  • One virtual workshop (10 AM - 12 PM CDT)
  • Course video, study materials, and instruction
  • A safe place to learn and a community for support
  • 2 Contact Hours
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