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An Introduction to Trauma Theology

  • Course Dates: Sat 12 June, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

NOTE: Due to high demand, two identical sessions at different times are scheduled to serve as a repeat of the 24 February 2021 session with Dr Karen O’Donnell.

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In this course we will explore the development of ‘trauma’ as a human experience and consider the ways in which this intersects with theological ideas and beliefs. We will examine some of the key concepts at the heart of trauma-engaged theology and what such theology is aiming to address today. We will consider together some of the key writings in this field and reflect on what the implications of this kind of theology might be for theology more broadly and in terms of pastoral care.

Comments from previous participants:

‘I would love to take some of what we talked about today and begin to use it practically in identifying how we’re able to develop a ‘safe space’ for patients who experience trauma as an ongoing process instead of using purely medication.’

‘I was just struck by how alone so many people seem to be in facing decisions about how to support others affected by trauma, often in professional and pastoral settings. The needs and demand for such a well-executed course, and longer and deeper ones, are enormous. Congratulations to Karen and Sarum for offering such an excellent opportunity.’

‘I learned much more about the way practical theology really make an impact on how we might approach life issues with a real compassion and to witness and hear these issues from a truly person-centred perspective.’

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Sat 12 June
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
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Dr Karen O'Donnell Programme Leader for the MA in Christian Spirituality at the Centre of Contemporary Spirituality, Sarum College. She is a feminist, ecumenical, practical theologian whose interdisciplinary research interests span theology, spirituality, and pedagogy.
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