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This page centers around a series of essays I wrote on "Foundations of Trauma-Supporting Spiritual Care."
In those essays, I hope to provide both information and open a conversation among spiritual care providers.
I believe that a call to provide spiritual care is always a call to enter the ruptures and repairs of trauma. To enter those places, we ourselves need care and support. I hope that these resources help in that endeavor .
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FOUNDATIONS OF TRAUMA-SUPPORTING SPIRITUAL CARE
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Foundations of Trauma-Supporting Spiritual Care is designed to facilitate the contemplative development of a skillful scope of practice for spiritual care providers. The course will:
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“Trauma-supporting” means a spiritual care practitioner takes seriously the prevalence of trauma, works on their own ruptures and residues of trauma, recognizes the contributions and limitations of their restorative practice, and supports their scope of practice with ongoing education and care.
The foundation of trauma-supporting spiritual care is “trauma-sensitive,” indicating a mindful and skillful awareness of trauma and its impacts. At this level the spiritual care practitioner:
Building upon the foundations of trauma-sensitive spiritual care, "trauma-informed" is supported by significant education in traumatology and the impact of trauma on spirituality. Trauma-informed spiritual care often includes education for the receiver of care, including creating specific trauma-informed spiritual practices. With trauma-informed spiritual care, the receiver discovers restored regulation as evidenced by: agency, authenticity, and attachment.
Trauma-integrating spiritual care includes all of the elements from the levels of trauma-sensitive and trauma-informed. The trauma-integrating spiritual care providers works, where invited, to facilitate the restored wholeness of the care receiver through the development of new metaphors, theology, spiritual practices, etc. to support a flourishing that integrates the traumatic experience into a fullness of life. With trauma-integrating spiritual care, a trauma survivor repairs the connection to their own inner wisdom and with Wisdom itself.
The foundation for providing spiritual care is receiving spiritual care.
In supervision we call forward the emerging spiritual care provider from within.
I offer 5-sessions and 10-sessions apprenticeships to support spiritual care providers develop their trauma-informed scope of practice.