In addition to your own trauma, the vast majority of educators and helpers experience vicarious trauma as we become present to the pain of others. This is no small thing, and it exacts a toll on our bodies and spirits. In this session, participants will learn how to bracket and use their own wounds to offer wisdom to others. Participants will also learn to recognize the often subtle drain of vicarious trauma and spiritual and physical practices to address it in their lives and ministries.
Roy Petitfils, MS, is a licensed counselor at Pax Renewal Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. Petitfils studied ministry and spirituality at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas and holds a master’s in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Louisiana. He has worked with youth and young adults for more than 20 years as a minister, teacher, school administrator, school counselor and now as a counselor in private practice. He specializes in counseling teens and young adults. Petitfils regularly consults with churches, publishers and organizations to help them more effectively reach and minister to youth and young adults. He is an expert at raising and understanding teenagers. Petitfils has published four books, including his most recent What Teens Want You to Know (But Don’t Tell You). Petitfils’ blue-collar roots, natural humor, contagious enthusiasm and diverse personal and professional background have made him an internationally sought after presenter and trainer. Petitfils lives with his wife Mindi of 13 years and their two sons Max and Benjamin in Youngsville, Louisiana.