Blessed be the God ... of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, RSV)

The Church's Role in Trauma-Informed Care

 

One reason people come to a church is to find healing, understanding, and ways to help others find a sense of peace and comfort. Many arrive with past or ongoing trauma, hoping to find sanctuary, but not knowing how or whether it is safe to ask for help. The purpose of becoming a resilient church is to raise awareness of the importance of listening, learning, and responding with love in ways that enhance collective healing and unity.

The Solution

 

C.A.E.'s Resilient Church Equipping Solution™ is a 16-week course founded on the Ephesians 4 biblical mandate to equip believers in providing trauma-informed solutions and strategies to build a thriving and resilient church. Courses are delivered in a two-hour hybrid learning environment, an approach that combines traditional, face-to-face “seat time” with some online learning activities.

 

Learning Objectives:

 

  • Identify trauma

  • Pastoral Care solutions for Senior Pastor

  • Develop a working relationship with laypersons to accept and express all the feelings related to grief

  • Decrease trauma-related stress and disease

  • Learn therapeutic communication skills

  • Provide primary care to older adults incorporating appropriate preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic interventions

  • Coordinate care, including collaboration and consultation with other health professionals and caregivers

  • Understand how traumatic experiences affect brain development, memory, and child development.

  • Understand the importance of collaboration with agencies that provide trauma-informed practices.

  • Recognize the importance of trauma-informed practices incorporating a biblical perspective on healing.

This project is in collaboration with

Haven Professional Counseling LLC, Bethel Life Worship Center (Life Center), Capable Kids LLC,

The Truthpreneur LLC, and One Kingdom Ministries

What Does a Trauma-informed Church do? 

 

1. Realizes the widespread impact of trauma on those the church is ministering to and alongside
 

2. Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in the men, women, and children it serves as well as the effect living with a traumatized family member has on all family members and relationships
 

3. Responds to the needs of its congregation and community by integrating knowledge of trauma into the planning of ministries, policies, and stewardship of the church's resources 

4. Resists Re-traumatization of victims that can occur when recognition of trauma is not combined with compassion and de-stigmatization of mental health treatment.

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