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.