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                Trauma Healing

                Bible-based Trauma Healing

 

                He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds
                                                                                                                                     Ps 147:3

 

    About Trauma Healing


                                          

       

      Aglow Transformations is pleased to announce that we are now able to present Bible-based trauma healing programs from the Trauma Healing Institute (a ministry of the American Bible Society) that will equip local churches to care for people with deep emotional and spiritual injuries.

      Trauma refers to the psychological and emotional effects on human beings caused by disruptive events like abandonment, and natural disasters,
      war, and criminal activities like murder, rape and sexual abuse, human trafficking, and urban violence.

      When people experience trauma they are overwhelmed with intense fear, helplessness and horror. Reactions to trauma include disrupted sleep,
      health, emotions, relationships, and loss of hope for the future. Traumatized people often turn to substance abuse or physical aggression, and
      perpetuating cycles of violence.

      There are not enough professionals to care for a billion hurting people.  Instead, Aglow and the Trauma Healing Institute equip local church leaders
      with practical, biblical, mental health resources so they can care for their hurting neighbors. These programs are designed so lay caregivers can help
      people find healing in the life-changing message of the Bible.

      We are able to work with Churches, Church groups, Christian Organizations, and other community groups to provide classes and training
      utilizing the materials and program models, developed by the Trauma Healing Institute. Their well proven model combines biblical and
      mental health resources into an effective intervention that fosters healing, and restores relationships with God and others.

       

    About the Material


      The Trauma Healing Institute's core program is based on a workbook called Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help.
      First developed in Africa in 2001, it has been in regular use since then.  It is now in its third revised edition (2013). It provides basic mental health
      concepts within a biblical framework, using Scripture passages and composite real-life stories to help people connect the teaching with their circumstances.  It has been used with tens of thousands of pastors, counselors and traumatized people. The materials are now translated
      in whole or part into more than 150 languages, and is being used by over 4000 Registered Trauma Healing Facilitators and Caregivers and
      is supported by more than 200 partner organizations.

      Its four authors include a psychiatrist, a professional counselor, a translation and Scripture Engagement consultant, and a missiologist. Co-author Dr. Harriet Hill now works with American Bible Society and directs the Trauma Healing Institute. Dr. Hill says that trauma is a wounding of the heart, and healing heart wounds happens best in the heart language.

       

    Lesson Content


      Lesson 1:  If God loves us, why do we suffer?
       
                 In this session participants will:
                     * Begin to make sense of their faith in God and their experience of suffering
                     * Identify cultural beliefs about God and evaluate them in the light of Scripture
                     * Identify false teaching about God that makes suffering more difficult
                     * Explore problems with earthly fathers that keep us from experiencing the love of our heavenly Father.
                     * Begin to experience God’s love in the midst of suffering

       

      Lesson 2:  How can the wounds of our hearts be healed?
                
      In this session participants will be able to:
                     * Define the concept of trauma as a “heart wound”
                     * Identify behaviors that may indicate a heart wound in self and others
                     * Give Biblical support that shows God accepts our honest emotions
                     * “Treat” heart wounds by listening to a person share their pain
                     * “Treat” heart wounds by doing an art expression exercise
                     * Manage strong feelings through a breathing exercise

       

      Lesson 3:  What happens when someone is grieving?
                 In this session participants will be able to:
                     * Accept the grieving process in their own lives and the lives of others
                     * Respond appropriately to the different stages of the grieving process
                     * Help people grieve well
                     * Express pain to God through lament

       

      Lesson 4:  Helping children who have experienced bad things.
                 
      In this session participants will be able to:
                       * Identify when problem behaviors in children are due to trauma and loss
                       * Respond to children in ways that help them express their pain in words, in play, in art
                       * Respond to children according to the Bible; if necessary, challenge the way the culture responds to Children

       

      Lesson 5:  Helping someone who has been raped.
                  
      In this session participants will be able to:
                      * Explain the way rape affects a person and their family members
                      * Help people who have experienced rape heal from their trauma
                      * Help communities accept and nurture children born of rape

       

      Lesson 6A:  Domestic abuse.
                 
      In this session participants will be able to:
                      * Define and describe domestic abuse
                      * Rethink cultural beliefs and practices about family relationships in light of Biblical principles
                      * Help people trapped in abusive situations
                      * Help abusers repent and take steps toward recovery

       

      Lesson 6B: Suicide.
                  In this session participants will be able to:
                  
         * Understand the causes and effects of suicide on everyone affected by it
                  
         * Give examples of Biblical characters who considered suicide and evaluate their responses
                  
         * Compare their culture’s understanding of and response to suicide with the Biblical record and mental health principles
                 
          * Assess how seriously someone is considering suicide
                 
          * Respond compassionately and helpfully to someone considering suicide
                     * Help the loved ones of those who have committed suicide heal from the trauma of the experience

       

      Lesson 6C:  Addictions.
                 
      In this session participants will be able to:
                     * Understand how people become and stay addicted
                     * Help addicts find hope and healing in Scripture
                     * Respond appropriately to an addict according to the stage they have reached in wanting to recover
                     * Help family members experience well-being, whether or not the addict recovers

       

      Lesson 7: Caring For The Caregiver.
                  
      In this session participants will be able to:
                      * Understand the need to care for themselves, especially when helping traumatized people
                      * Identify difficulties they face in caring for others
                      * Assess how well they are caring for themselves
                      * Illustrate the need for self-care from the Bible
                      * Set goals for self-care

       

      Lesson 8:  Taking your pain to the cross.
                 In this session participants will be able to:
                   * Identify their heart wounds and experience the benefit of sharing them with another person
                   * Understand that Christ died to bring us healing as well as forgiveness
                   * Continue to bring any pain they experience to the cross of Christ
                   * Help others bring their pain to the cross of Christ

       

      Lesson 9:  How can we forgive others?
                In this session participants will be able to:
                   * Define real forgiveness in contrast to fake forgiveness
                   * Explain
      how to forgive others – the process
                   * Explain
      why we need to forgive others, especially as Christians
                   * Explain the process of true repentance
                   * Identify those they need to forgive or ask forgiveness of

       

      Lesson 10:  Living As Christians in the Midst of Conflict.
                In this session participants will be able to:
                  *Accept that conflict is a part of life, even in the church
                  * Identify roots of conflict, especially prejudice
                  * Live as a Christian with integrity in the midst of conflict
                  * Serve as a bridge between sides of a conflict to bring reconciliation

       

      Lesson 11:  Preparing For Trouble.
               
      By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:
                  * Show from the Bible that it is wise to prepare for trouble
                  * Help the community prepare physically for trouble
                  * Help the community organize communication channels in case of crisis
                  * Help the community prepare spiritually for trouble

       

      Lesson 11A:  Helping People Immediately After a Disaster.
               
      By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:
                  * Work with partners to organize the response immediately after a disaster
                  * Prepare materials or radio programs that would be helpful
                  * Refresh facilitators’ listening skills
                  * Organize listening sessions with victims immediately after a disaster
                 
      * Organize healing groups with victims for longer-term care

       

    Being trained to help people from a Biblical perspective filled with love and acceptance is a valuable part of
    being a Christian and living your life to fulfill God’s plan on the earth as it is in heaven!!

     

     

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