Thanks for your interest in becoming a trauma-informed caregiver.
This course is a valuable way to advance your understanding about what trauma is, how it manifests and how, by becoming trauma informed, you can help to change the experiences and outcomes for kids in foster care. This is true whether you are a foster parent, hope to become one, or are a care provider in a childcare, school or faith community.
Meet Your Course Instructors
National Director, Foster Friendly
America’s Kids Belong
Krista is the Foster Friendly Communities National Director for America’s Kids Belong, and a foster and adoptive mom. Over the past 30 years, she and her husband, Steve, have worked together in Children, Youth and Family Ministry in a variety of settings—from church ministry to mentoring families experiencing homelessness and foster care. While serving in a church where nearly 50 percent of the children had experienced adoption, foster care or trauma, Krista and Steve began implementing strategies to strengthen trust, reduce triggers and educate volunteers and families on the impact of trauma.
Krista has worked for Leadership Network, Group Publishing and several nonprofit ministries and churches. She is certified in Results-Based Conversations Facilitation and Strategic Planning, Mental Health First Aid, and National Adoption Competency Training.
Krista and Lindy Green Johnson brought their complementary experiences together to co-create Made to Belong
Lindy Green Johnson, LCSW
Coach + Trauma Educator
Lindy’s love for children and heart for healing led her to study social work at the University of Oklahoma and earn a Master’s degree in Social Work from Baylor University, where she specialized in Attachment Theory and Practice Interventions–focused on the relational dynamics of children and families.
During her masters program, she had the opportunity to live in Uganda and receive hands-on experience working in an orphanage while researching international adoption practices.
While working toward and completing her clinical license, Lindy’s roles included serving as contract Trauma Trainer for America’s Kids Belong, personal coaching with Tell Me Your Dreams (TMYD), private practice counseling, case work for a foster care and adoption agency, foster and adoption minister at Saddleback Church, contract trauma training with Saddleback College’s Foster and Kinship Care Education (FKCE) Program and serves on the board of Karis Adoption Fund. In addition, she is a practitioner of Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) and certified in National Adoption Mental Health Competency (NTI).
Access “Made To Belong” Courses Now
Presently our Made to Belong training is housed on our Belong University site. To access this course…
Here is an overview the training modules:
- Becoming a trauma-informed and engaged faith leader (30 mins)
- Hurt by trauma and toxic stress; healed by understanding (40 mins)
- Hurt by grief and loss; healed by Yes (40 mins)
- Hurt by neglect and abuse; healed by attachment (50 mins)
- Hurt in development; healed in play (44 mins)
- Hurt in the body and by triggers; healed by needs met (45 mins)
- Understanding their world: Adoption (45 mins)
- Understanding their world: Foster Care (28 mins)
- Ask better questions, gain deeper healing (25 mins)
- How can I correct? (37 mins)
- Becoming a trauma-sensitive and engaged congregation (26 mins)