Healing the Wounds of Trauma
The Lord is near to those who are discouraged, he saves those who have lost all hope.
Psalm 34:18 (GNB)
What is Trauma Healing?
Emotional trauma impacts more than one in seven people worldwide. In the aftermath of human tragedy — war, famine, abuse and more recently pandemic — people lose hope.
They feel trapped in a cycle of reliving their pain and struggle to believe that God can heal or release them from it.
But Scripture contains a message of hope that can bring healing.
Bible-based Trauma Healing is a unique programme which can help the local church provide a compassionate response to traumatised people in their communities.
How does it apply to Scotland?
In 2017, the Scottish Bible Society alongside the Trauma Healing Institute and Scottish church leaders joined together to consider whether a Bible-based Trauma Healing programme would be a useful addition to the ministries of churches in Scotland today.
Since the first training session in January 2018, 100 people have been trained to lead groups, 40 healing groups have been established, and over 160 people have attended groups.
More recently new resources have been developed to specifically address the Covid-19 outbreak. 25 online groups have been running during the pandemic.
With the current need for social distancing our training programmes are being run on Zoom and all newly trained leaders are guided on how to run their healing groups as a Zoom call or appropriately socially distanced if local lockdowns allow for this.
In 2020, Bible based Trauma Healing continues to make a difference to the lives of people who are experiencing emotional difficulty, this incredible resource enables lives to be transformed through the Bible.
“I think every church in Scotland should have a Trauma Healing group and use this material”.
On the night after the second class about bringing pain to the cross, I had the best night’s sleep that I had had for several months.
“For myself knowing and discussing the fact that when Christ went to The Cross He took not only all our sin but also all our pain when he suffered there was so reassuring.”.
How can my church get involved?
Below is a list of dates for the next training courses for Trauma Healing facilitators.
14th – 18th September 2020: Initial Facilitator Training (ONLINE)
19th – 23rd October 2020: Initial Facilitator Training (ONLINE)
To enquire about Trauma Healing and to book your place on a training course, email Pearl Liddle or call 0131 347 9822.