This course explores the literature of embodied and psychological trauma as well as best practices for providing pastoral and spiritual care for people who have experienced trauma. We use cultural narratives (novels, movies, television, and other dramas) that explore the lived experience of trauma, recovery and processes of healing.

Students consider the psychological, spiritual and theological dimensions of trauma as well as questions raised by the experiences of personal, social and trans-generational trauma. Students also lay groundwork for the sake of building skills to give appropriate pastoral and spiritual care, including intentional rituals, deep listening, and accompanying survivors of trauma who are working toward healing and wholeness.

Prerequisites: PS 110 and PS 101. Permission of the instructor.

Note: A concentration requirement for Chaplaincy students.