Talbot School of Theology
Navigating the Collective Trauma Experience
Learn how to gain an awareness of trauma and how to engage your Christian faith on your trauma journey.
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Overview

This course is intended for Christians who have endured traumatic events. If you would like to grow in your awareness of trauma and also learn how to guide others along their journeys with trauma, this course is also intended for you. Specifically, this course was designed in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the resulting traumatic experiences for Ukrainians.

The topics covered here include:

  • Engaging Scripture in healthy ways during suffering
  • Identifying combat common misconceptions about suffering and faith
  • Building an awareness of trauma and the common responses to traumatic events
  • Engaging in Psychological First Aid 
  • Leading others in processing trauma

Each lesson contains:

  • Videos that unpack the lesson's topic
  • Reflection questions to help you apply the skills covered in each lesson
What You Earn
Instructors
James Hampson, MA
David Wang, PhD
Talbot School of Theology
About the Course Authors

James Hampson is the Director of Graduate Admissions at Biola University. He graduated from Biola's Talbot School of Theology with a Master of Arts in New Testament in 2012. James has a passion for engaging God's Word. He works on projects in Biblical languages, linguistics, and the integration of scripture with suffering and traumatic experiences. James enjoys learning languages, engaging new cultures, and seeing God's work around the world. He resides in La Habra, California with his wife, Chrissy, and their four children.

Dr. David Wang is a licensed psychologist, pastor, and associate professor of psychology and pastoral counseling. He is the editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology and serves on the editorial board for Spirituality in Clinical Practice. He is principle investigator of the Seminary Formation Assessment Project, a research program funded by the John Templeton Foundation conducting longitudinal empirical research on the human and spiritual formation of students enrolled in 18 North American Eastern Orthodox, Episcopal, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic seminaries. He is also co-principle investigator of the Trauma-Resilient Church Collective Program, a 5-year project funded by the Lilly Endowment mobilizing diverse local congregations to address both individual and systematic factors as they meet the spiritual and mental health needs of trauma survivors. Dr. Wang and his his wife Vivian live with their two daughters in Fullerton.

About the Course Provider

Talbot School of Theology is a theologically conservative, evangelical seminary in Southern California near Los Angeles. With over a 60-year heritage of biblical fidelity, the seminary couples solid evangelical scholarship with spiritual formation to prepare students for a lifetime of relevant, effective ministry. The seminary's master's degree programs and doctoral degree programs are led by a faculty of nationally renowned, widely-published, and actively engaged ministry leaders.

Learn more about Biola University's Talbot School of Theology!

Syllabus

In this lesson, we will engage an initial...
Overview
Engaging Trauma and Its Silence
Video
Lesson 1 Reflection 1
Reflection
Engaging Scripture and the Voice of Suffering
Video
Lesson 1 Reflection 2
Reflection
Confronting Critical Voices and Honoring Faith in Suffering
Video
Lesson 1 Reflection 3
Reflection
Lesson 1 Resources
Resource
This lesson will introduce you to foundational...
Overview
What is Trauma?
Video
Responses to Trauma: Flight
Video
Responses to Trauma - Fight
Video
Responses to Trauma - Freeze
Video
Lesson 2 Reflection
Reflection
This lesson draws from both psychological...
Overview
The Principles of Trauma Recovery
Video
Grief and Loss
Video
Lesson 3 Reflection 1
Reflection
Psychological First Aid
Video
Positive Social Support
Video
Lesson 3 Reflection 2
Reflection
Negative Social Support
Video
Lesson 3 Reflection 3
Reflection
Summary and Further Discussion
Video
In this lesson, Andrii Poluliakh shares his...
Overview
Interview - Andrii's Story, Part 1
Video
Interview - Andrii's Story, Part 2
Video
Lesson 4 Reflection
Reflection
This concluding lesson covers the biblical...
Overview
Introduction to Lament and Grief
Video
Lesson 5 Reflection 1
Reflection
Honoring the Journey of Lament
Video
Lesson 5 Reflection 2
Reflection
Practicing Lament
Video
Project for Video 5-3
Reflection
Lesson 5 Resources and Citations
Resource
Course Evaluation Form
Evaluation
Additional Resources
Resource

Course FAQ

Each lesson is designed to take approximately 2-4 hours, depending on how deeply you engage the assignments. Since this is a self-paced course, the time it will take you to complete it will depend on the speed with which you want to progress through the course.

Since this course is designed as a self-paced experience, you will not have any interaction with the professor during the course.