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Healing the Wounds of Trauma: Help for Ourselves and Others

Dr. Harriet Hill
Program Director
Trauma Healing Institute

Rev. Wesley Neal
Pastor and church planter from Durham, North Carolina. 

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Dr. Harriet Hill is Program Director for the Trauma Healing Institute at American Bible Society. She has been involved in trauma healing since 2001 and is one of the authors of Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help. Before joining ABS, she worked from 1978–2010 with SIL in Africa and then internationally in Bible Translation and Scripture Use. Harriet received her Ph.D. from Fuller School of Intercultural Studies in 2003 in the area of communication of Scripture. Her other books include Bible Translation at Cultural Crossroads (2006), Translating the Bible into Action (2008) and Bible Translation Basics (2011). At this point she is a world citizen, having lived cross-culturally for most of her adult life. She is married to Ralph and has three married children and four grandchildren. Cosponsored by Trinity Baptist Church

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Rev. Wesley Neal is a pastor and church planter from Durham, North Carolina.  Ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1999, he has served as a pastor, community developer, and, until recently as a missionary serving in Fiji.  Rev. Neal is a Master Facilitator through the Trauma Healing institute and has experience facilitating healing groups and training sessions in two settings: in the aftermath of the devastation caused in Fiji by Cyclone Winston in 2016, and in an urban ministry setting in the United States among people in recovery from addictions.  Rev. Neal is married and he and his wife have two teenage children.

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Seminar Schedule

Tue., Oct. 23
9:00 a.m. OMSC Worship
9:30 a.m. Welcome, introductions, expectations
L1 “If God loves us, why do we suffer?”
10:45 a.m. Coffee Break
11:15 a.m. L1 cont'd
Noon Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. L2a How can the wounds of our hearts be healed?
2:30 p.m. L2b How can we listen well?
3:45 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. Expressive Exercise
5:00 p.m. Seminar concludes for the day
Wed., Oct. 24
9:00 a.m. L3 Grieving
10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. Laments
Noon Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. L5 How can we help someone who has been raped?
2:30 p.m. Break
2:40 p.m. L6a Domestic Abuse
4:15 p.m. Break
4:25 p.m. How trauma healing works on the ground, becoming a facilitator
5:00 p.m. Seminar concludes for the day
Thu., Oct. 25
9:00 a.m. OMSC Worship
9:30 a.m. L10 How can we live as Christians in the midst of conflict?
11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:20 a.m. Facilitating groups
Noon Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. L7 Care for the Caregiver
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. L8 Taking our pain to the cross
4:00 p.m. Break
4:15 p.m. Preparing for practice facilitation, Take home quiz
5:00 p.m. Seminar concludes for the day
Fri., Oct. 26
9:00 a.m. L9 “How can we forgive others?”
10:30 a.m. Coffee break and practice facilitation exercise
Noon Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. Carrying out a Trauma Healing ministry in your context
2:30 p.m. Presenting plans
4:00 p.m. Q & A and closing ceremony
5:00 p.m. Seminar concludes