Ukraine-Focused Trauma Healing and Arts Training

18-22 July 2022  |   Dallas, TX

Note: The Charlotte, NC training has been cancelled.

Overview of the Three-Part Training

At the initial equipping session, participants learn basic biblical and mental health principles related to trauma care; process their own experience if they 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 with those affected by the war in Ukraine.

Trauma healing facilitators aim to “do no harm” to those they seek to help. To this end, participants are evaluated during the equipping session. A simple test measures mastery of content. A short practice facilitation exercise includes feedback on facilitator strengths and suggestions to address areas needing improvement.

This initial equipping session is followed by a practicum in which apprentice facilitators facilitate the core lessons with at least two healing groups. The training process is completed with an advanced equipping session.

About the Program Model

This proven model uses applied Scripture and mental health principles to address spiritual and emotional wounds caused by trauma of war, violence, natural disasters, and abuse. In addition, this training emphasizes the importance of expressive arts in trauma healing. The book Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help has been translated and taught in 129 countries with more than 194 language groups in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Pacific and the Americas.

Registration and Contact Information

The training is $200, and includes materials, lunches and snacks. Travel and housing are not included. Partial scholarships are available via special application (see below).

The first step in registering for this training is to submit this pre-registration survey. After you submit this, you will hear back from our team with full details about registration and scholarship applications (as applicable).

The Registration deadline has been extended to July 5th, 2022.

For more information, contact Suzette Mack – Coordinator

Additional Housing/Food Costs

  • The costs below include housing, breakfast, and dinner; lunch is already covered by registration fees.
  • Charlotte (NC) venue: approximately $850
  • Dallas (TX) venue: approximately $400
  • The pre-registration survey link above will offer you the chance to apply for partial funding via a special financial aid form.
  • Instructions for reserving your housing will follow.


This training is open to laypeople and clergy, including mental health professionals, social justice advocates, NGO workers, and others. Necessary qualifications:

  • Functional ability in English and Ukrainian, Russian, or another Eastern European language.
  • If ministry is to Ukrainians in English-only contexts, other languages are not required.
  • Able to attend the entire training.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • Committed to help those affected by the war in Ukraine.

Prayer for Trauma Healing for Ukraine

Prayer Booklet-Trauma Healing for Ukraine

About Us


  • Karen Kornelsen, Master Facilitator (SIL Trauma Healing)
  • Mary Beth Saurman & Beth Argot, Master Facilitators (DIU Arts & Trauma Healing)

Partner Organizations

This training is a collaboration of three partners:

These organizations are all associated with the Trauma Healing Institute at American Bible Society, which equips and supports a global community of workers in trauma care, helping local churches, national Bible Societies and other NGOs bring Bible-based trauma healing to the world’s hurting people.