The Gift of Trauma
The Gift of Trauma is a guidebook for church leaders who have been hurt and want to bring healing into their lives. Trauma healing teaches church leaders to discern how their own hurts can be opened doors of opportunity that has been closed. In particular, The Gift of Trauma is written for vulnerable church members who have been traumatized by violence or some other event. In addition, The Gift of Trauma also covers how church leaders can minister effectively to these same people despite their vulnerability.
It takes years of rehabilitation and healing for victims to overcome the painful events that have caused them to become broken. The book examines how church leaders can reach out to these broken and hurting people. Healing becomes possible when victims realize that they are not alone and can seek help from a resourceful counselor. Church leaders can counsel the victims in a way that facilitates healing. The Gift of Trauma focuses on three main areas where vulnerable survivors may be struggling:
The Gift of Trauma offers the following insights into the work of pastoral counselors. First, trauma healing involves more than just helping the victims heal from their initial experiences. It also involves understanding how the negative responses that the victims tend to take after the trauma cause their lives continued suffering. Second, the Gift of Trauma offers solutions for those whose reactions include the perpetuation of violence. Third, trauma healing makes available tools for the victims to gain self-empowerment and self-respect, which in turn can empower them to prevent further traumatizing their lives.
First, pastoral counselors work with the traumatized individuals to identify the source of their trauma so that appropriate ministries can be developed to address the issues. Second, pastoral counselors help the victims understand how their negative reactions affect their healing. This helps the victims develop a personal vision of hope, one that inspires and sustains them in their quest for mental health recovery. Finally, trauma healing enables the victims to cultivate an enabling faith that will support their continuing healing efforts.
Second, the Gift of Trauma works with truth commissions. Truth commissions, which work to reconstruct the physical and mental health of the victims and offer them assistance in the process, have been recognized as an effective way for reconciliation and healing. The truth commissions to facilitate the victims’ access to healing by providing them with the information, support, and networks that they need. Truth commissions have been established in a number of countries, including the United States, South Africa, and Australia. The principle of truth commission is not unique to the black joy, but the underlying principle has been expanded upon in the Gift of Trauma to allow for the application of the same principles universally.
Third, the Gift of Trauma includes a program for education on the nature and consequences of child abuse and other types of physical or sexual violence. Educational programs addressing these issues are normally implemented by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and religious groups. The NGOs and religious groups to provide training, guidance, and assistance to trauma victims and their families. The primary function of the educational programs is to empower the victims and empower them to take control over their lives and heal.
The Gift of Trauma incorporates the concept of the two-step process of intervention. First, the injured person should receive treatment from a qualified medical professional. Second, after the treatment, the victim should be given the tools, skills, and support to enable him/her to deal with his/her life in the future. The interventions usually take place during the first few hours, but some time may be required later in the day. In many cases, the interventions are conducted in group sessions, but this can vary depending on the environment and the desires of the individual victims. The Gift of Trauma also helps people understand that recovery does not come easy and requires commitment, patience, support, and help from various different sources.
Some of the aspects of trauma healing include psychotherapy (especially for patients who have been sexually or physically abused), support groups, and support for the victims’ families. The programs aim to empower the victims and help them understand that they do not have to stay bound to the trauma for the rest of their lives. It is important for the victims to know about the different resources available to them so that they can make the most of them. One of the greatest assets of this program is that it helps victims reconnect with the community that has been caring for them even after the trauma. Another aspect of the Gift of Trauma is its focus on the life-skill aspect of healing. The programs teach the importance of listening effectively, building relationships with those who have cared for you, developing strengths, accepting responsibility for ones own actions, making positive changes in one’s lifestyle, accepting others, helping others to change for the better, maintaining a healthy sense of humor, loving unconditionally, having a clear vision and purpose, and much more.