Build a Trauma-Informed Ministry

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Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Pennock

This course will equip Christian leaders to approach ministry from a trauma-informed perspective. Students will explore theological topics related to trauma and suffering, understand the broad-reaching impact of psychological trauma on individuals and communities, and examine models for trauma-informed ministry. The impact of vicarious trauma on Christian leaders will also be addressed.

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Instructor: Dr. Chuck DeGroat

In this course, students are invited to understand themselves and their stories at the intersection of scripture, psychology, and Christian spirituality. 

The course offers a relationally-oriented and trauma-informed perspective on the interior life anchored in the Christian soul care tradition. Students are also invited to explore their own spiritual, and emotional development

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Tuition: $2,000 for the two-course bundle

Application fee: $50

Deposit: $250 (will be applied to tuition cost)

Courses are open to current students for registration at their current year scholarship rate.  

Contact the Registrar for more information.

Applications must be complete and submitted by August 1 to participate

Online orientation begins

Trauma-informed Care in Ministry with Dr. Elizabeth Pennock begins

Christian Interior Life with Dr. Chuck DeGroat begins

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Although you are not applying for a specific degree program, the Association of Theological Schools, with whom we are accredited, requires us to collect specific information from all students regardless of their academic plans.  

As part of your application for this 2-course bundle you will only be asked for three things outside of the application: 

1. Transcripts to previous institutions you have attended. 

2. A one-page essay explaining why you want to participate in these courses.

3. A photo of you

An application fee of $50 is due upon submission.  

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