Resources Specific to Programs Set within Religious Communities
My agency has decided it wants to be more trauma-informed. Where do I start?
- Spirituality and Trauma: Professionals Working Together is a resource developed from the National Center for PTSD. The relationship between spirituality and trauma is explored and additional information is provided on these topics.
- The webinar Clinical Implications of Spirituality, Religion, and Child Trauma addresses the therapist's role in assisting children to reconcile conflicts with spirituality and religiosity. Therapeutic approaches and interventions are presented. Spirituality and Child Trauma discusses the role of religion and spirituality in trauma treatment and recovery.
How can I/my staff recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in the client we work with?
- The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors has a guide Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support: A Guidebook has a chapter focused on spirituality and trauma.
- Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis from Pepperdine University developed a training entitled, Spirituality, Religion, and Child Trauma Recovery. This resource provides an overview of spirituality and trauma-informed care and specifically with child abuse.
Additional or specialized resources
- Discerning and Transforming Spiritual Trauma: A Harm Reduction-Based Approach to Social (Justice) Work explores aspects of a unique and “marked” form of human suffering – spiritual trauma –associated with physical and/or mental pain, psychological torment, and social exclusion.
- The Role of Spiritual and Faith Communities in Recovery presents information framing the importance of the active support of spiritual life can enhance well-being and recovery.
- Building Victim Assistance Networks With Faith Communities offers lessons learned, describes best practices, and recommends specific steps for partnering with the faith community.
- The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families has developed a series of cultural competency guides with tips for working with members of various faith communities. For instance, there is one on working with Orthodox Jewish families and another on working with Muslim families.