AA5383 - Arts and Trauma Healing
(SPRING) (3 graduate credits) Intensive (online with two-week residential component)

This course teaches a holistic, interactive approach to engaging Scripture in the healing process for people who suffer from the mental, emotional, and spiritual effects of trauma.  It combines biblical truths with basic mental health principles expressed in ways that can be easily translated into other languages. Students learn to address both beliefs and emotions damaged by trauma, both in their own lives and in the lives of others. They learn to use participatory learning methods to train local church leaders in ways that help them to become effective care-givers. In particular, this course will emphasize the importance of performing and visual arts in trauma healing. Students will understand and be able to articulate and demonstrate the role, the value, and the effectiveness of using the arts in trauma healing from a historical and contemporary perspective.  Students will be able to promote emotional and spiritual healing in traumatized communities through the use of local visual and performing arts existing in those communities.
Prerequisites: None required.

[1] When speaking of “the arts” in relation to this course, we are referring to the performing arts (song, instrumental music, dance, drama, the oral arts including poetry, storytelling, etc.) as well as the visual arts (painting, photography, sculpture, pottery, etc.).