Day Event

The Trauma-Informed Church


Join us for this opportunity to explore what it means to cultivate a trauma-informed church with our expert guest speaker, Dr. Lisa Cherry. Dr. Cherry will guide us through the principles of trauma-informed work and its application within church communities. In the afternoon, we will break into special interest groups (e.g., preaching, liturgy, pastoral care, children & youth work, theological education) for practical sessions on implementing these principles.

Details and booking link

  • Date & Time: Saturday 21st September, 10.00am to 4.00pm (registration from 9.30am for a 10am start).
  • Location: Westminster College
  • Cost: Free
  • Additional Info: Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.
  • Open To: All Christian denominations
  • Book: with EventBrite

This event is funded by a Common Awards Seedcorn Grant from Durham University and is part of a broader project on trauma-informed churches led by Dr. Karen O’Donnell, Dr. Alison Gray, and Robin Barden at the Cambridge Theological Federation. We hope the special interest groups’ work will lead to further resources and guidance.

For questions, please contact Karen O’Donnell at

About Dr. Lisa Cherry

Dr. Lisa Cherry is the Director of Trauma Informed Consultancy Services Ltd, offering research, consultancy, and development services to foster systemic change in education and children’s services. With over 30 years of experience, Lisa is a renowned author, researcher, and international trainer. Her work focuses on helping organizations support those living with the legacy of trauma. Lisa’s latest book, “Conversations that Make a Difference for Children and Young People,” won numerous awards. She has also conducted extensive research, including her DPhil at the University of Oxford, exploring belonging among care-experienced adults excluded from school. Her publications include the hugely successful and award winning book ‘Conversations that make a difference for Children and Young People’ (2021)and ‘The Brightness of Stars’ 3rd Edition published in June 2022. A new book contract has been signed for publication in 2024/2025 on cultivating belonging.

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