Trauma Research: A Quick Update

Last week I made a presentation (Trauma Research Update) to the attendees of the 2013 Community of Practice hosted by the American Bible Society’s Trauma Healing Institute. Video and audio recordings were made and when they come available I will point you all to them here (and there were several VERY GOOD presentations made).

I attach here a PDF of my slide show where I walked ran the audience through a quick review of what we *think* we know about the context, cost of psychosocial trauma in Sub-Saharan Africa (based on peer-reviewed publications). In addition, I review the current thinking about the biology of trauma AND intervention strategies that have some empirical support (though not without significant questions).


If you hope this will be an exhaustive review, look elsewhere. Also, keep in mind that the slide show is written by an educated consumer of research (not a researcher) and designed for a ministry audience. Consider that this review is about what we know from empirical publications. There may be many important things we know that come from other sources!

Also, the information I had about the context and cost of trauma comes, primarily, from an excellent commissioned report written by Wheaton College’s Humanitarian Disaster Institute (yet unpublished). Giving credit where it is due, slide 14 is from an excellent presentation made by Heather Gingrich. Check out her new book on complex trauma.


Filed under Africa, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, trauma

2 responses to “Trauma Research: A Quick Update

  1. John

    Thanks for sharing the powerpoint. I am currently an MSW student and have a class on neurosequential therapy for addressing trauma. The primary text is Dr. Bruce Perry’s The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog. It seems like you are aware of/work with much of his stuff. I would be curious of your sources, if not/other than Perry.

    • I have purused Bruce’s material but he isn’t much of a direct source. The research I refer to is coming from and through folks like Bessel van der Kolk and others at the Trauma Center.

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