Trauma-Healing INITIAL Equipping Seminar @ DTS

Dates: Tues–Fri, May 28–31, 2024
Times: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Dallas Theological Seminary, Campbell Academic Center, Room 208
Address: 3909 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204
*IN-PERSON attendance required at ALL four sessions. 

This Bible-based, trauma-healing training uses the book Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help and its associated program model, a proven approach using applied Scripture and best mental health principles, to address spiritual and emotional wounds caused by the trauma. The book has been translated and taught in over 100 countries with more than 195 language groups in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas.

In the Initial Equipping Seminar, participants learn basic, biblical and mental health principles related to trauma care; explore if they themselves carry any wounds due to trauma or loss and bring those wounds to Christ for healing; learn 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. In order to be certified to lead healing groups and possibly train others, this Initial Equipping Seminar begins a process that includes an evaluation consisting of: 

  • Participant’s self-awareness of impact on others and the ability to interact well in a group

  • Participant’s overall emotional well-being

  • A short test showing your knowledge of the content

  • Practice facilitating a group in a participatory way with feedback on your strengths and suggestions to address areas needing improvement

This Initial Equipping Seminar is followed by a few months of practicum in which apprentice facilitators co-lead at least two healing groups that include the six core lessons. The training process is continued with an Advanced Equipping Seminar.

Who should attend?

This session is open to laypeople and clergy, mental health professionals, social justice advocates, NGO workers, and others who would like to explore becoming Trauma-Healing Facilitators so they can provide basic care for those wounded by trauma or loss and potentially train others to do so. 

Necessary qualifications:

  • Fluent in English

  • Able to attend every day of the training (certificates will only be granted to those who do so)

  • At least eighteen years old

  • Committed to help trauma survivors

  • Able to dedicate time to lead trauma-healing groups

  • Able to teach others, manage their own wellbeing, work on a team, and learn to lead groups in a participatory way

Registration deadline: Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Cost: $50 per participant/workbook included in the cost of registration

Facilitator: Dr. Jerry Lawrence

Questions? Contact Jerry Lawrence at jlawrence@dts.edu or 214-887-5100.
For more details about trauma healing, visit traumahealinginstitute.org.