Establishing a sense of safety is essential to healing from trauma. Christian meditation is one approach that can be used to help trauma survivors access a greater sense of safety and stability as they process their trauma stories. Practical Christian-based coping skills and trauma-informed approaches to spiritual disciplines can help people calm their bodies, regulate their emotions, and connect with the Lord. This 90-minute webinar will present a variety of strategies that counselors and ministry leaders can incorporate into counseling sessions and informal helping conversations. During our time together, we will:

* Define Christian meditation and consider its role in trauma counseling
* Identify the potential risks and benefits of teaching meditation to people who have been traumatized
* Discuss trauma-informed principles that help to mitigate potential risks
* Identify common categories of Christian meditation that can help physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental symptoms of trauma
* Discuss how to incorporate meditative practices into counseling sessions and informal helping conversations
* Practice a series of meditation skills together
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    Esther Smith, LCPC
    Owner of Christian Trauma Counseling
    Esther is a licensed clinical professional counselor and board approved supervisor. She is the owner of Christian Trauma Counseling, a virtual counseling practice that offers trauma-informed care to people living in Maryland and beyond. Esther has an MA in Professional Counseling and a certificate in biblical counseling from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. She is the author of A Still and Quiet Mind: Twelve Strategies for Changing Unwanted Thoughts and Chronic Illness: Walking by Faith and coauthor of The Whole Life: 52 Weeks of Biblical Self-Care.