AA5383 - Arts and Trauma Healing
(SPRING) (3 graduate credits)
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 cognitive 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.
This course will emphasize the importance of the 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.
Following successful completion of this course, students can become facilitators of Trauma Healing workshops (recognized by the Trauma Healing Institute) if they complete the following steps:
lead two groups through at least the five core lessons of the Trauma Healing textbook in a participatory way as taught in the course;
report back to the Trauma Healing Institute on the leading of these 2 groups;
successfully complete an Advanced Trauma Healing Equipping session. These are available in many locations throughout the world (www.traumahealinginstitute.org).
demonstrate the competencies required for facilitators (see “Becoming a TH facilitator” at
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.).