Blessed be the God ... of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be to able 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 of us 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.
C.A.E.'s Resilient Church Equipping Solution™ is a 16-week course founded on the Ephesians 4 biblical mandate to provide support and trauma-informed solutions and strategies to build a thriving and resilient church. Courses are delivered in a two-hour online or group setting format weekly.
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 Services, LLC, One Kingdom Ministries,
Bethel Life Worship Center (Life Center), Capable Kids, LLC, The Truthpreneur, LLC, and Monarch Global Care Ministries, Inc.
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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