Certificate in Trauma
& Spiritual Care

The Certificate in Trauma & Spiritual Care provides working professionals in both clinical and pastoral settings with the skills needed to adequately care for and help people during life’s most difficult situations.

Focusing on the spiritual understandings of trauma and healing, this intensive program combines crisis intervention training and trauma counseling education to give caregivers a comprehensive set of skills to help trauma survivors recover from their experiences.

Traumatic experiences affect people and communities in particular and complicated ways. In addition to physical and psychological impacts, trauma also can shatter trust and hope, which are the foundations of spirituality.

Courses are offered over four weekends (Friday evenings and Saturdays during the day) each fall and spring semester. If a summer course scheduled, it’s offered during an intensive week-long schedule. Each course is 40 contact hours of continuing education or 3 academic credits.

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2017:

Collective Trauma, Collective Memory: Systemic Issues of Trauma with Rev. Dr. Laurie Garrett Cobbina explores the dynamics of trauma as a set of social patterns and relationships constructed through conditions that legitimate hostile imaginations, feelings, and actions. Using race as the central category for systemic issues that exacerbate collective trauma and collective memories of trauma, this course will examine socially traumatic events, and social constructs that lead to collective memories of collective traumas. From the pastoral care, spiritual, and psychological fields it will identify the epidemiology of collective trauma and uncover roots of racial, gender, and class social injustices, such that social realities that create and reinforce collective trauma may be identified and eliminated. Click to download a PDF flyer.

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Other courses in the Certificate program include:

“God and Human Suffering” which deals with issues of theodicy—how do we make sense of evil in a world that is supposed to be under the care of the good God while providing pastoral care in relation to those who are suffering? What is the relationship between human suffering and the human spirit?
Instructor: Greg Love

“Dynamics of Trauma” explores the basic dynamics of trauma from a variety of perspectives: sociological, psychological, psychiatric, neuroscience, relational, theological and spiritual.  Additional topics include: the great variety and demographics of trauma, and the emerging field of traumatology, along with the spiritual and moral dimensions to trauma and the traumatized person, including the emerging concept of “moral injury.”

“Trauma Care Resiliency: Developing Transformative Emotional Intelligence (EQ)” applies the principles of transformative learning to foster EQ growth. This approach requires sufficient time for implicit learning to occur, space for self-reflection and questioning one’s own assumptions, and an environment which supports, confronts and clarifies.  In this class, students will learn critical care competencies for trauma care-giving including self-awareness, self-management and impulse control, empathy and the ability to attune to others, flexibility, creativity, decision-making and problem-solving, and the ability to engage and inspire others.

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of higher learning.
  • Some undergraduate studies in general psychology or sociology, as well as theology, spirituality, or religious studies are desirable.
  • International students whose first language is other than English will be required to pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a score of 80.

Registration Deadlines

Degree students: September 1
Non-degree students: September 15

Fall Course Schedule

The course takes place over four intensive weekends as follows:

September 22 & 23
October 20 & 21
November 17 & 18
December 8 & 9

Hours are Friday from 7 to 10 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Transfer Credits

If upon entering the certificate program students do not have a(n) M.Div., MA, or MATS, and later choose to enroll in one of these degree programs at SFTS, the completed certificate courses cannot be transferred into the degree program.

There are four courses in the curriculum held during a period of two years. Each course meets once a month for four months, usually Friday evening for 3 hours and all day Saturday. Courses can be taken in any order and cannot be duplicated.

Tuition

Degree students: CTSC courses can be taken as electives
Non-degree students: $750 per course

Trauma and traumatic loss affects individuals, their communities and the systems and structures that surround them. As spiritual caregivers, we endeavor to be helpful resources of recovery and healing for persons who have experienced trauma.

– Rev. Ruth T. West,

Interim Program Manager, Advanced Pastoral Studies

Read Rev. West’s blog post about the Certificate in Trauma and Spiritual Care here.

Academics

For further information, please contact:

David Altshuler
Program Administrator,
Certificate in Trauma & Spiritual Care

415.451.2818
daltshuler@sfts.edu