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Trauma Healing Initial Equipping Session

Tue, April 10, 2018


You can register here through April 5. Please email Mark Davis with any questions.

About the Program Model

The proven model of the Trauma Healing Institute uses applied Scripture and mental health principles to address spiritual and emotional wounds caused by trauma of war, violence, natural disasters, and abuse. The book Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help has been translated and taught in over 100 countries with more than 194 language groups in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas.

About the Session

At this initial equipping session, participants learn basic biblical and mental health principles related to trauma care; explore if they themselves 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 in their community. Trauma healing facilitators aim to “do no harm” to those they 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 teach at least the core lessons at least two times. The training process is completed with an advanced equipping session.

Who Should Attend

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

  • Able to communicate in English 
  • Have sufficient status to teach others in a community
  • Able to attend the entire session
  • At least 18 years old
  • Committed to help trauma survivors
  • Able to give at least 2 weeks throughout each year to trauma healing

Why Trauma Healing?
Trauma knows no boundaries of nationality, gender, age, social class, or race. We all live in a fallen world and groan inwardly from the painful consequences of the fall. Trauma can create a barrier to people engaging with Scripture and creates a barrier to God, community, and self. People that have experienced trauma may read the Bible or hear scripture spoken, but yet the messages they so desperately need may not get into their hearts due to trauma. A Bible-based response to trauma and the church being equipped in it can bring forth much fruit. The church is uniquely called to this mission field of trauma healing.

About The Trauma Healing Institute

The Trauma Healing Institute at American Bible Society 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. For more information, see their website at TraumaHealingInstitute.org.


Robin Downs
Mark Davis
Donna McDaniel

When & Where

8:30 am – 5:00 pm
April 9 – 12, 2018
Registration will open at 8:00 am on April 9.

Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ
3619 E 35th St
Kansas City, MO 64128


Participation fee of $50/person. A special thanks to the Trauma Healing Institute for subsidizing part of this training.

A limited number of scholarships are available. Contact Mark Davis for an application.

Mark Davis

What KC Trauma Healing Participants Are Saying

  • "I recommend Trauma Healing groups of the Trauma Healing Institute because it changed my Life…” (Kansas City pastor)
  • "I thank God for this moment. I am so blessed for how God works with His people. I feel 100% healed…”   
  • “I have laid all actions and feelings of resentment, which I have been slowed down by, at the cross. I surrender my will to His will for my life…”
  • “...It was a blessing to be part of this Trauma Healing program…I didn't know that I had many wounds in my life when I am serving in the Kingdom of God work for the past sixteen years as a full-time minister; but in this training I saw all the wounds in my life and I brought all to the cross. I am free and blessed by this Trauma Healing program….” (Kansas City Pastor)


Conducted in partnership with American Bible Society and facilitated locally by The Sending Project.