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. 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.
Crafted as a “blended” course, with readings and assignments completed online during Sessions 1-2, the course also requires a two-week period of on-campus participatory afternoon classes.
An alternative residential venue for this Dallas Int’l course is now available at All Nations in the UK. The Dallas course is held during the May+Summer terms and the UK course is held in the Spring term. Both the Dallas and UK venues begin with an online portion featuring preparatory reading and writing before the residential weeks begin. Registration for both venues of the course is through Dallas International University. For information on the two venues, see a short one-page summary here, or for more detail, go to the Arts and Trauma Healing FAQ.
This course is offered in collaboration with American Bible Society’s Trauma Healing Institute (THI) and the Trauma Healing Alliance. In addition to earning Dallas Int’l course credit, students who demonstrate readiness during the course will be certified by THI as “Apprentice Facilitators” in trauma healing.
Course DetailsLevel: Master's Level
Credit hours: 3
Term(s) course is offered: Spring/Summer
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor determined after an interview (in person, by phone, or by Skype or Zoom) and the receipt of two letters of recommendation.
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