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Launch of a new website for free, sharable trauma healing basics

My wonderful colleagues at the Trauma Healing Institute, a ministry of American Bible Society, have launched www.traumahealinginstitute.org/basics, a page for FREE resources that can be shared with anyone who might benefit from basic materials that can explain what trauma is and how we begin the journey of healing. Kudos to Heather Drew and Justin Taylor as well as our good friends at Luminary Labs. Check out the short video below and then go to the site above for a guide for friends who might be listening to someone tell a bit of their trauma story and a safe listener’s promise.


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Initial and Advanced Trauma Healing Training Sessions, Philadelphia, October 4-7, 2019

If you are looking to become certified in using the Healing the Wounds of Trauma curriculum, consider the next Philadelphia equipping sessions, October 4-7, 2019 at the Mother Boniface Spirituality Center.

These sessions are for both initial and advanced participants. If you have not been trained to use Healing the Wounds of Trauma healing group curriculum, this would be a great first experience. The 4 days will give you a first-hand experience of a healing group plus the training you need to lead healing groups for adults.

Already completed the initial training? Then come to the advanced session to deepen your healing group facilitation skills and to learn how to train others to become healing group facilitators. You will need to provide proof (in advance) that you have already led two healing groups.

I’ll be present for parts of the training and would love to meet you there and talk about ways we we make the church a safer place for trauma victims.

Register now. There are both residential and commuter pricing.

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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.


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