In every community, brokenhearted people struggle with spiritual and emotional wounds caused by the trauma of war, crime, violence, natural disasters, and abuse.
You can learn how to help people work through their unresolved trauma by participating in one of SIM’s upcoming Initial Equipping Sessions in Bible-based trauma healing (BBTH).
BBTH has been translated and taught in over 100 countries with more than 194 language groups in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas. It trains people to be facilitators for groups in their communities, teaching them basic Biblical and mental health principles related to trauma care and preparing them to lead healing groups in their own communities.
Although participants will explore whether they themselves are carrying any wounds of trauma or loss, the focus is on training participants to host groups rather than on counseling participants.
SIM South Africa will host two training weeks:
Participants commit to attending all five classes, 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.
A fee of R550 includes materials and a light lunch but not housing or travel.
Registration deadline is 30 Sept 2023.
Register online by following this link: https://shorturl.at/bVX57
SIM Southern Africa
Account No: 072 877 014
Branch: Tokai (051 001)
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About the Program Model
The proven model of the Trauma Healing Institute uses applied Scripture and mental health principles to address spiritual and emotional wounds caused by trauma of war, violence, natural disasters, and abuse. The book Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help has been translated and taught in over 100 countries with more than 194 language groups in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas.
About the Session
At this initial equipping session, participants learn basic biblical and mental health principles related to trauma care; explore if they themselves are carrying any wounds of trauma or loss and bring those to Christ for healing; learn how to lead groups in a participatory way; learn the program model; and develop plans for using what they have learned in their community.
Trauma healing facilitators aim to “do no harm” to those they help. To this end, participants are evaluated during the equipping session. A simple test measures mastery of content. A short practice facilitation exercise includes feedback on facilitator strengths and suggestions to address areas needing improvement.
This initial equipping session is followed by a 6–9 month practicum in which apprentice facilitators teach at least the core lessons at least two times. The training process is completed with an advanced equipping session.
This session is open to laypeople and clergy, including mental health professionals, social justice advocates, NGO workers, and others. Necessary qualifications:
- Able to communicate in English.
- Have sufficient status to teach others in a community.
- Able to attend the entire session.
- At least 18 years old.
- Committed to help trauma survivors.
- Able to give at least 2 weeks per year to trauma healing.
The Trauma Healing Institute at American Bible Society equips and supports a global community of workers in trauma care, helping local churches, national Bible Societies and other NGOs bring Bible-based trauma healing to the world’s hurting people. See our site at TraumaHealingInstitute.org.
- Nancy Writebol, SIM Global Trauma Healing Coordinator
- Megan Jackson, SIM South Africa People Care & Development