Childhood Trauma Survivors Workshop
Thriving as an adult when unresolved childhood stories follow us.
Growing up can be painful. Whether marked by shame, alcoholism, domestic violence, physical abuse, sexual abuse, religious rigidity, or medical challenges, few things impact our adult lives as profoundly as childhood trauma.
Our unresolved childhood stories follow us, often making it difficult or impossible to truly thrive as adults. Even though we tell ourselves it wasn’t that bad, that we can push through, that it is long forgotten, that others had it worse, or even that we left it at the cross, still its impact persists.
Trauma influences us in three important areas: how we see and feel about ourselves, how we see and relate to others, and how we experience our relationship with God. All three of these areas are pivotal to our quality of life, enjoyment, and fulfillment.
This workshop is designed to help you better understand the nature of childhood trauma, how we respond to these types of hurts as children, the lasting impact of abuse, and finally the road to recovery. You'll find understanding, direction, and hope for survivors, for partners and those who support them.
The Trauma Process
- Am I Crazy or Hurt? Definitions and Denial
- The Life We Live: Today’s Behavior & Yesterday’s Trauma
- Old Survivor Skills: What Abuse Did and How.
- Memories: How They Work and What We Do With Them.
The Recovery Process
- Lessons We Learned: Today’s Thinking & Yesterday’s Trauma
- The Grief We Carry: Grieving the Losses of Yesterday’s Hurts
- The Recovery Journey: Healing Inner Hurts
- Finding Help: Where to look. Who to trust. How to decide.
Byron Kehler, M.S. is a Trauma Therapist in private practice in Milwaukie, Oregon. He has worked with survivors of physical, sexual, emotional, mental, and spiritual abuse for over 40 years. Byron has been certified by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is certified in EMDR with a specialization in Dissociative Disorders.
He has presented on various childhood trauma recovery themes around the country at churches, social services agencies, public and private schools, colleges, universities, and professional conferences. He has provided humanitarian relief services for natural disasters in Asia after the tsunami and the gulf coast post hurricane Katrina, training therapists in trauma recovery.
He is the author and developer of Story-Informed Trauma Therapy (SITT), for recovery from early childhood trauma. This evidence-based model has been taught to mental health therapists in agencies in New Orleans and the gulf coast following Hurricane Katrina, and has been proven effective in reducing PTSD symptoms for trauma survivors. In addition to understanding the impact of sexual abuse on the survivor, Byron is familiar with the motivations and thinking of offenders.
He has worked with the Morrison Center’s juvenile sexual offender program in Portland, Oregon for over 30 years teaching victim empathy awareness to offenders. He is the producer and director of a documentary called Speak Out which contains candid interviews with offenders and survivors brought together to talk about the abuse experience. This documentary is currently being used in a number of offender treatment programs around the country.
Byron brings extensive knowledge, understanding, sensitivity, compassion, practicality, and even humor to his presentations.