How do people recover from trauma? Can the Bible help? What can the church do?
Around the world, Serving In Mission workers and others have been finding the 'Healing the Wounds of Trauma' course a great help in answering these questions. The course brings together Biblical principles and mental health care principles in trauma healing.
The material was developed in central Africa in response to communities devastated by war. It is now used globally. The American Bible Society have set up the Trauma Healing Institute (THI) to steward the materials and share them with the church through the training of trainers. The THI have a Christian psychiatrist, psychologist and Scripture engagement specialist on their advisory board. who together seek to maintain the integrity of the materials on an appropriate Biblical and professional basis. You can read more on their website, where you will also find the lesson titles.)
Who can be helped by the Healing the Wounds of Trauma material?
SIM missionaries and their churches have used this material with Sudanese refugees, Liberian communities ravaged by the ebola virus and civil war, survivors of the Nepali earthquake, US military families, local people in north Africa and many others. The beauty of the course is not just its whole-person gospel basis but also its ability to be contextualised through the stories in the sessions.
These materials are used by many other partners too. Watch this video of Dileeni Abraham from Colombo Theological Seminary in Sri Lanka discussing why it's important to use both mental health care principles and Biblical principles in trauma healing
We ran a successful Initial Equipping session in May, 2018 and a trauma healing group in August.
We, along with other Global Alliance partners in trauma healing, are now planning to re-run this initial training, plus an Advanced Equipping session in Spring 2019, probably in London.
We will confirm the dates as soon as possible but please email Deborah Agnes (firstname.lastname@example.org) to express your interest and receive further information.