Healing Youth Alliance

Helping youth rise above trauma

This course will teach pastors, educators, families and young adults to recognize signs of trauma in youth and empower them to respond in ways that will begin to create a pathway for healing.

Bring this training to your church, school or in your community.

Serve as an ally for youth in distress.


First Line of Emotional Support

Learn the signs of mental illness and how trauma can impact long-term health.

This forum will help you understand and discuss mental health and addiction, outline resources for where to turn for help, and encourage people to be the first line of help for youth.



The curriculum is customized for faith communities and Christian schools.

While the impact and source of trauma is multifaceted, it often changes our view on life, which is reflected in the way we connect with our community and with God. It is with this lens that we promote healing and recovery.

Magnifying Glass

Remove Barriers to Recovery

Gain tools to break down stigmas in communities of color around mental health.

Through culturally-sensitive information and resources for treatment and support, this training empowers you. You will come away empowered and as an ally for youth in distress.


Many individuals face long-standing barriers to seeking mental health services, in particular African American youth. Research shows that many African Americans rely on faith, family and social communities for emotional support rather than turning to health care professionals, even though medical or therapeutic treatment may be necessary.

We believe that faith-based and youth development organizations must address this gap by offering culturally-sensitive mental health resources and trauma-informed practices to pastors, educators, families and young adults.


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1 Beyond the ABC’s: Assessing Children’s Health in Dallas County: Assessing the Well-Being of Children in North Texas 2017. Children’s Health, 25.

2  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Data and Statistics on Children's Mental Health

3 Saunders, B. E., & Adams, Z. W. (2014). Epidemiology of Traumatic Experiences in Childhood. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 23(2), 167–184.

4 The State of Latino Early Childhood Development:  A Research Review.


Through a combination of lectures, videos and discussion exercises, participants learn appropriate terminology, communication skills and practical examples of trauma-informed care. Trainers draw from research literature, Scripture, as well as theological resources relevant to the care of trauma survivors.

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Pathway to Healing

This training is designed for individuals who are seeking to emotionally support fellow community members, particularly youth. The curriculum is suitable for mental health workers, religious leaders (pastoral counselors, youth pastors and chaplains), nonprofit professionals, families, as well as youth themselves.


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meadows foundation
Rees Jones Foundation