Company Overview

Spiritual and Faith-Based Trauma Training 

For Religious Leaders and Congregations

 

Trauma Services Associates (TSA) believes in whole-person (‘holistic’) health care which recognizes the critical interdependence and balance between and among a person’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual capacities in achieving optimal functioning and maximum well-being. Furthermore, TSA believes that whole-person health care is critical because many illnesses and premature death are related to lifestyle choices and holistic health focuses not only on preventing illnesses but also on achieving maximum levels of wellness.

 

•     TSA believes that one’s behavior, values and lifestyle can positively affect one’s health.

 

 

•     TSA believes that individuals need to be better informed and more involved stewards of their personal health status and the use of health-related resources.

 

 

•     TSA believes that life is a gift and that individuals should pursue a full and abundant life in realizing their potential.

 

 

•     TSA believes that spirituality and faith play a significant role in a person’s ability to cope with physical, mental and emotional illnesses.

 

 

•     TSA believes in the healing power of faith and spirituality.

 

 

•     TSA believes that faith/spirituality-based groups need to reclaim their role as team members involved in the health care delivery system.

 

 

TSA believes that encouraging the development of Faith-Based Programs can be an important part of making services more available to trauma survivors and their families.  To succeed, faith-based programs need to recognize that serious mental trauma is a complex illness that impairs spiritual well-being.  Spiritual approaches, in isolation from proven trauma treatment methods, are usually insufficient to produce and sustain wellness.  When spiritual programs are designed to work hand-in-hand with proven methods of trauma treatment, overall program effectiveness can increase.

 

1.   Philosophy/Guiding Principles

 

•     TSA treats the illnesses of the mind – just as a cardiologist would treat illnesses of the heart. TSA welcomes the healing power of faith-based medicine as a major factor in providing cure to the whole of a person: body, mind, and spirit. 

 

•     In all religions, spirituality and health are closely intertwined. It is only when both are in harmony that people are considered to be leading healthy, balanced lives.

 

•     As psychologist we are part of a team – religious leaders are members as well - who help survivors develop and implement strategies to gain or regain control of their emotional and physical health so that their divine light can shine through.

 

•     As a Full-Service Institution we have religious leaders assigned to our team who are prepared to implement TSA’s training and treatment programs.

 

2.   Treatment Methodology.  TSA’s “Spiritual and Faith-Based Trauma Training for Religious Leaders™” will give Religious Leaders an understanding of how spiritual and mental health practioners can function together to help form two sides of the holistic triangle (physical health being the third) - and provide true wellness to the trauma survivor.  The following are the primary step to care:

 

•     Obtain a Spiritual History.  The religious leader performs a faith-based screening that asks a survivor about their faiths and beliefs.  This screening asks a survivor whether they are a part of a spiritual or religious community and asks how they would like TSA to address such issues.

 

•     Education: Remove the Barriers – Remove the Shame.  The Religious Leader introduces a TSA Certified Screener into the equation.  The TSA screener explains mental health; how it is not something a survivor needs to be ashamed; how treatment of mental health is not at odds with spiritual wellness; and how TSA (along with a spiritual advisor) will seamlessly combine mental health with spiritual wellness.

 

•     Examine Spiritual/Personal Values:  TSAI will focus on helping the individual examine spiritual and personal values and how behavior and experience during the traumatic event affected them.

 

•     Identify What Causes the Problem.  Select a treatment modality - our Faith-Based Healing Circles™ is one option – that will focus on correcting the painful and intrusive patterns of behavior. 

 

 

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Spiritual and Faith-Based Trauma Training for Religious Leaders and Congregations™ Curriculum

 

Module I:       The Need for Cooperation and Collaboration - Religious Leaders and Clinicians Working Together.  Faith-based organization can play an important role in bringing needed services to trauma survivors and their families. 

 

Module II:      Developing an Understanding of Trauma

 

 

Module III:    Managing Trauma for Religious Leaders: Your Role In

            Providing Trauma Treatment™ 

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