P670 Pastoral Care and the Experience of Crisis and Trauma

This class will explore experiences of crisis and trauma, and considerations of pastoral theological responses needed to assist in the care of mind, body and spirit.  Emphasis will be given to widening the circle of care in response to these experiences, and to the extant resources available. We will sample a range of crisis experiences through readings, video and podcasts, and homiletic and other texts. We will explore ways of deepening our understanding of crisis and trauma, some of the theological anthropolog(ies) available, and our pastoral theological resources. A sub-text in the narrative is resilience—bouncing back and flourishing in the new normal—and the concomitant strategies for cultivating resilience. Drawing upon a variety of resources, and one another, we will engage the experiences of crisis and trauma from a broad range of clinical, pastoral, psychological and theological perspectives.

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