Repair the R.I.F.T

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Berrien Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle invites you to attend

Repair the R.I.F.T.

(resiliency in the face of trauma)

This interactive seminar will help define the signs and symptoms of trauma and provide tools to better work with those who display the impact of trauma in their lives. A meal will be provided during each of these free seminars. All adult men, women and others are welcome to attend!


At this seminar, attendees will learn:

  • What is trauma and how to recognize its effects in themselves and others.
  • How trauma can affect physical and mental health.
  • How behavior and decision making is negatively affected by trauma.
  • A better understanding of why people “do what they do.”
  • Practical, “hands-on” ways to help build resiliency in yourself and others who have experienced trauma.


Leading the presentation will be staff from the International Center for Trauma Education & Care at Andrews University.

Meet The Presenters

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Ingrid Weiss Slikkers
Executive Director

Ingrid Weiss Slikkers is a professor of social work at Andrews University and Executive Director of the International Center for Trauma Education and Care. In her role as the center's director, Ingrid has passionately engaged with communities spanning 12 countries, ensuring that trauma education and care reach diverse populations worldwide. Before coming to Andrews, she worked as a child and family therapist for over 25 years. She is a certified clinical trauma professional and member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals and a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner.

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Leslie Rodriguez 


Leslie Rodriguez is a proud alumna of Andrews University, having earned her bachelor's degree in social work, and will soon complete her Master's in Social Work. Her professional experience includes aiding refugee and immigrant children through temporary foster care and reunification programs, as well as serving as a virtual school counselor for multiple schools across the United States. Leslie has experience working with diverse international groups, reflecting her commitment to global mental health initiatives. Leslie has a profound passion for serving and promoting mental health in youth.

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Yailin Bruzon Contreras 


Yailin Bruzon Contreras is currently in the final stages of completing her graduate studies in clinical social work at Andrews University. With an educational background and extensive experience working with families and children in diverse roles, she brings a wealth of knowledge and empathy to her practice. Yailin's passion lies in assisting individuals navigating loss and grief, a commitment that highlights her compassionate approach to social work.

Repair the R.I.F.T. will be presented three times, twice in Benton Harbor and once in Niles. The same content will be presented at all three events, so you only need to attend one session. Repair the R.I.F.T. is free but an RSVP is required.. 

Who should attend:

  • Nonprofits
  • Educators and school staff
  • Coaches
  • Mentors
  • First responders
  • Anyone who works with the public

Choose 1 of 3 options:

Session #1 - Niles Location

June 5, 5:30-7:30

Grand LV Event Venue
104 N. 3rd Street
Niles, MI

Session #2 - Benton Harbor Location 

June 6, 11:30-1:30

Center for Wellness
133 W. Main Street
Benton Harbor, MI

Session #3 - Benton Harbor Location

June 6, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Center for Wellness
133 W. Main Street
Benton Harbor, MI