Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 8:00am (St. Mark Missionary Church)

A study of trauma-informed ministry and compassionate care for children from hard places and situations

About the event

 Join us for the morning to hear from Rev. Dr. Chris Haughee, chaplain for Intermountain Residential Services in Helena, Montana. Chris’ professional work with children who have lived through significant  trauma, his own personal experience as an adoptive father of two and his work with the Adverse Childhood Experiences ACEs study led him to write “Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks,” curriculum on  how churches and faith communities can better understand trauma and lead trauma-informed ministry practices,

 This four-hour training blends trauma ministry with the work of science. Chris will cover SAMHSA’s “three R” approach to helping churches become trauma-informed: Realize, Recognize and Respond. Chris  will also cover ways to communicate with those who have experienced trauma, including how to start difficult conversations. Chris leads this discussion through the lens of the Bible and utilizes verses  throughout to convey how Jesus and God have been leading a trauma-informed response throughout history.

 This seminar is great for pastors, community leaders, foster parents or anyone who is working with those who have experienced trauma in their lifetime.

  About the speaker

  The Rev. Dr. Chris Haughee is a licensed minister of the Evangelical Covenant Church and has served as chaplain of Intermountain’s residential services since 2012. Prior to serving at Intermountain, Chris     had ministered primarily in children’s and youth ministries. An adoptive father to two, he is an advocate for greater inclusion of foster and adoptive families in the life and ministry of local congregations. Chris was part of a unique Doctorate of Ministry program through Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon, that had a focus on advocacy and cross-cultural ministry engagement. As part of that work, he developed “Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks.

Chris regularly writes for the Helena Independent Record and blogs on trauma-informed ministry issues at both ACEsConnection and A member of Helena’s Elevate Montana group (, you can follow his ministry at or contact him at


Event details

Event schedule

8-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast & registration
8:30-10 a.m.: Introduction to trauma and trauma-informed ministry
10-10:15 a.m.: Break
10:30- 12 p.m.:  The theological case for caring and connecting with individuals of trauma Each participant will receive a digital copy of the “Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks” curriculum with their registration. (A $35 value) 

Event location

St. Mark Missionary Church
55240 Bittersweet Rd, Mishawaka, IN 46545


$20, includes breakfast and a digital copy of the “Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks” curriculum ( A $35 value)


3.5 CEUs will be provided

This seminar is sponsored by the Oaklawn Faith and Mental Health Advisory Council, an ecumenical group of pastors and religious leaders who advise Oaklawn staff on issues of faith and mental health.



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