Trauma, Moral Injury, and Crisis Ministry

Spring 2017
T 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Area IV
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course invites participants into a practical theological exploration of trauma, moral injury, and crisis ministry. Practical theology’s multi-disciplinary approach utilizes perspectives from theology, psychology, sociology, biology, and art as frameworks for understanding and responding to the complex phenomena of trauma, moral injury, and crisis. We will learn and practice skills of crisis intervention and trauma-informed pastoral care. The course explores moral injury not only in relation to military veterans but also in other (civilian) instances where it occurs (‘first responders,’ health care providers, etc.). Topics include collective trauma, transgenerational trauma transmission, PTSD, “secondary” trauma, post traumatic growth, crisis theory, suicide, memorialization, and pastoral care in disasters. 

Background Expected: 


Course Requirements: 
Reading and participation each week
One short paper early in the semester
Project with final paper
There are four written assignments and weighted as follows: 
Assignment 1–  Personal narrative 30%
Assignment 2 – Hosting Conversations 60%
Class Preparation and Participation 10%
Total: 100%
Basis of Evaluation: 
The default grading mode for this course is “credit/no credit,” but assignments will receive grades for purposes of feedback. Students must receive at least a HP on the final assignment to earn a grade of “credit” for the course.