Trauma Informed Parenting Workshops

Trauma informed parenting workshops ARE INTENDED TO provide parents and caregivers with information, insight, and practical tools for parenting children who have experienced trauma or loss.  Understanding how the brain and the body are affected by trauma allows parents to respond with intentional and helpful interventions. This enables children to heal and grow and families to stabilize and offer secure attachment opportunities.  Trauma and attachment are directly correlated to one another and therefore trauma informed care allows parents and caregivers to help heal attachment wounds and create new potential for secure attachment.

Meet our fabulous instructor

Dena Johnson

Dena Johnson is an adoptive mother of 7 who has been married for 27 years.  She completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2004, and has a prior Master’s Degree in Ministry from Pepperdine University.

Dena has worked in private practice as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 2004, focusing on trauma and sexual abuse recovery.  In 2014 she began to add to her studies by attending and completed certifications in

  • National Child Trauma Safety Institutes “Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma”

  • Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) through the Karen Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University

  • Deborah Gray’s Post-Graduate Credential in Trauma and Attachment  Focused Therapy

Her goal is to work with families and communities to educate and equip parents and caregivers for the hard work of parenting children who have had traumatic experiences and who have attachment struggles.  Learning the hard way what didn’t work, Dena is committed to providing parents with the kind of information and support she wishes she had in her early years of parenting “kids from hard places.”

Dena understands that most harm we have experienced in life has occurred at the hands of another person.  Therefore she believes that healing MUST occur in the context of safe and intentional relationships. Our children deserve us to do the hard work of

1) knowing  how our own stories impact our parenting styles and

2) learning about trauma and how to parent traumatized kids effectively.



November 16-17, 2018

West Valley Foursquare Church


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We will host quarterly workshops in various locations around the state. If you’d like to attend a training, please fill out the form below.