Trauma Counseling

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Ray of Hope School of Trauma Counseling

The mobile school was developed as a crisis intervention program to alleviate the emotional pain and suffering of those traumatized by war and other atrocities facing the Great Lakes Region of East Africa.

The Program Description

Program Purpose and Objectives

Students taking Critical Incident Stress Management CourseThe overall purpose of this training program is to serve as a resource to local churches, ministries, NGOs and other sectors to equip Christian people helpers and professionals with basic counseling skills from a Christian perspective, and help pastors, church leaders and professionals to deal with their own trauma.

Specifically, the program will help the participants:

  • Relieve their traumatic experiences and feelings by sharing with each other.
  • Identify the different forms and nature of trauma that are being experienced
  • Identify and practice various skills as they are processing their own experiences.
  • Equip participants with skills to help those traumatized by the internal conflicts, wars, extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
  • Offer participants practical hands on opportunities to apply skills learned through supervised role play and field outreaches to IDP and refugee camps, shelters etc.
To enlighten the participants about the relevance of the gospel of Christ to the suffering and pain of their people. More...

Program Methodology/Activities

There are two primary ways by which the program will be implemented:

  1. In-context training:   As a mobile school of counseling, a team of counselors will travel to the locations of turmoil and trauma, bringing together pastors, leaders and professionals in that region to a specified area for a four to five day school of trauma counseling. The ideal setting would be a residential retreat or conference center that would enable participants to have a refreshing atmosphere as an oasis that is conducive for learning away from their normal environment. More....

            Goals of the School

  • Enable the participants to understand and internalize for themselves the process of grieve and trauma;
  • Enable the participants to consciously manage their grief and trauma by equipping them with skills for re-telling their experiences; More...

About the Curriculum:

Trauma Counseling Curriculum

Ray of Hope School of Trauma Counseling Level 1:

The first level of the training consists of approximately 30 hours of teaching using the handbook compiled and written by Dr. Linda Marcell, a counseling psychologist serving as a missionary in Uganda.  She also uses the book, “Healing the Wounds of Trauma:  How the Church Can Help,” by Margaret Hill, Harriet Hill Richard Bagge, as a supplement to the handbook.  Students are expected to have a copy of both books. More....

 

 

Ray of Hope School of Trauma Counseling Level 2:

The second level of the training consists of approximately 36 hours of teaching using the level 2 handbook compiled and written by Dr. Linda Marcell.  This level is a very intense training on skills, ethics and principles governed by the counseling profession. More...

Ray of Hope School of Trauma Counseling Level 3:

The third level of the training consists of approximately 36 hours of teaching using the level 3 handbook compiled and written by Dr. Linda Marcell.  This level of training focuses on crisis intervention, counseling children of war, and review counseling skills learned from level 1 and 2. More...

Outcomes from the Ray of Hope Trauma Counseling Training

The outcomes from this training:

  • Several forms of trauma will be identified, especially relating to war, up-rooted-ness and HIV/AIDS and others.
  • Basic counseling skills will be learned and implemented during role-playing and supervised practicum so that participants will not only learn how to apply skills in dealing with their own trauma and pain, but also to help others
  • A data base of trainers will be developed as participants successfully go through the school.
  • Capacity building for future crusade against trauma catastrophe
  • Curriculum for trauma counseling training will be obtained for participants to utilize as a valuable tool and resource.

Summary of where we have been working:

In February 2005, Dr. Linda Marcell was invited by Mrs. Vivian Kityo (former National President of the Mother’s Union and founder of Wakisa Team Pregnancy Crisis Center), to be a part of a trauma counseling team that would travel to Kitgum, Northern Uganda to do a week long trauma counseling training among 50 pastors primarily from the Anglican Church. After hearing about the ongoing attacks of the LRA, this field project was sponsored by Church Missions Society, which is a missions organization based in England as an attempt to alleviate the emotional pain of those pastors in the area who had been victimized and traumatized by the violence. More...

Others Counseling Trainings Available:

  • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM):  An internationally recognized model of group crisis intervention.
  • Stress Management
  • Grief Counseling
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Missionary Care
  • Briefing and Debriefing of Short and Long Term Missionaries
  • Leading Support Groups in the Local Church

The Program Description

The overall purpose of this training program is to serve as a resource to local churches, ministries, NGOs and other sectors to equip Christian people helpers and professionals with basic counseling skills from a Christian perspective, and help pastors, church leaders and professionals to deal with their own trauma.

Program Purpose and Objectives
Program Methodology/Activities
Goals of the School

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About the Curriculum:

 

Ray of Hope School of Trauma Counseling Level 1:
Ray of Hope School of Trauma Counseling Level 2:
Ray of Hope School of Trauma Counseling Level 3:

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Summary of where we have been working:

In February 2005, Dr. Linda Marcell was invited by Mrs. Vivian Kityo (former National President of the Mother’s Union and founder of Wakisa Team Pregnancy Crisis Center), to be a part of a trauma counseling team that would travel to Kitgum, Northern Uganda to do a week long trauma counseling training among 50 pastors primarily from the Anglican Church.

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