Service providers who work with survivors of torture and forced migration know that their clients face many challenges in navigating environments that feel unsafe and out of their control. Concerns about their safety and their family's safety may be associated with living in a high-crime neighborhood, where "there is nothing 'post' about PTSD"; with fearing the police or other people in uniforms due to their trauma triggers; or with concerns about what seems to be an increase in anti-immigration rhetoric and the larger and, for now unanswerable, concerns around immigration and deportation.
In this first webinar of a three-part series on the place of religion in the care of trauma survivors, John Tuskan, co-author of The Spiritual Dimensions of Trauma Healing, focuses on definitions and concepts surrounding spirituality and faith. By outlining the distinctions that separate these realms of internal identity and theological understanding, Tuskan is able to fluidly move the discussion forward into identifying major conclusions from research on religion, health, and mental health and examining the role of religion in response to traumatic stress.
Brady, The Wisdom of Listening Chodron, When Things Fall Apart *Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning Henry/Henry, Reclaiming Soul in Health Care Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living Kubler-Ross, On Death and Dying Lester, Hope in Pastoral Care and Counseling Means, Trauma and Evil Napier/DeMoss, Caregiver's
Individuals who have been tortured have lost their power during their experiences. The right to stop pain, make choices, and direct one's life are taken away during torture. Using strengths-based approaches, providers can prevent taking their power away again. We can recognize that they are the expert in what they need; they have all that is necessary to survive; and that the power to grow is innate within them. In this webinar we'll discuss some of the theory and methods behind strengths-based care.
After participating in the Webinar participants will be able to:
1) Describe the theory and methods used in strengths-based care.
2) Recognize how strengths-based approaches can inform their own interactions with their clients