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By World Renew and Safe Church Ministry

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Date and time

February 1, 2017 · 8:30am - February 3, 2017 · 4:30pm EST


CRCNA Denominational Offices 1700 28th St. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508

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Event Details:

Wednesday-Friday 8:30 am-5:00 pm

In this initial equipping session, participants will be trained in Bible-based Trauma Healing using the book ‘Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help’ and its associated program model. This proven approach uses applied Scripture and best mental health principles to address spiritual and emotional wounds caused by trauma from war, ethnic conflicts, natural disasters, abuse, and similar events. The book has been translated and taught in over 50 countries with more than 150 language groups in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas.

During the session, participants will 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.

This session is intended for people who would like to explore becoming a trauma healing caregiver or facilitator so that they can provide basic care for those wounded by trauma and loss, or (optionally) train others to do so. Mental health professionals can benefit from this practical approach that is effective with groups cross-culturally. This session is appropriate for caregivers serving internationally or working with immigrant and refugee communities.

Necessary qualifications for attending this session:

  • Able to communicate in English (translation will not be offered)
  • Able to teach others in a community
  • Able to attend all of the sessions
  • At least 18 years old
  • Committed to help other trauma survivors

Registration Deadline is January 27, 2017

Fee includes training materials, lunches, and snacks.

Hotel rooms are available at the Ramada Plaza (3333 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49512; 616-949-9222). To receive a reduced rate, please mention 'Trauma Healing Workshop' when making your reservation.

Transportation will be determined on an as-needed basis; contact safechurchministry@crcna.org with any transportation needs.

Contact safechurchministry@crcna.org for more information.

For more details about this event visit www.TraumaHealingInstitute.org

About the organizer

World Renew is the relief and development arm of the Christian Reformed Church.  The organization works with communities around the world in the ministry areas of community development, disaster response and rehabilitation, and peace and justice.

Safe Church Ministry is a ministry of the Christian Reformed Church that assists congregations to prevent and respond to abuse.  Safe Church trains volunteer church team members so that they can serve as resources for their local congregations.

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