Trauma Healing INITIAL Equipping Seminar @ DTS

Dates: Mon-Thurs, May 9–12, 2022*
Times: 9:30 am–5:00 pm
Location: Dallas Theological Seminary, Campbell Academic Center, Room 109
Address: 3909 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204
*Attendance required at ALL 4 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 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. In order to be certified to lead healing groups and possibly train others, this Initial Equipping begins a process that includes an evaluation that consists 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 Session is followed by a few months of practicum in which apprentice facilitators co-lead at least 2 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 a Trauma Healing Facilitator so that they can provide basic care for those wounded by trauma or loss and optionally train others to do so. 

Necessary qualifications:

  • Fluent in English

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

  • At least 18 years old

  • Committed to help trauma survivors

  • Able to dedicate time to lead trauma healing groups

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


Registration deadline: Monday, May 2, 2022

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

Facilitators: Dr. Jerry Lawrence and Diana Spann
Questions? Contact Jerry Lawrence at or 214-887-5100.
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