CATCH 101: Churches as Trauma Care Hubs

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About this course

In this course, you’ll be introduced to strategies for addressing grief, loss and trauma. Content reviews common definitions for crisis, trauma, and disaster and explores behavioral health trauma impacts. The CATCH 101 (Churches As Trauma Care Hubs) concept is applied as a resource for you as you assist your community in crisis. You’ll learn when to refer out to professional services, and explore an overview of self-care strategies and assessment, foundational skills needed for helping relationships, and pastoral/lay crisis counseling processes and strategies.

What you’ll learn in this course:

  • Understand crisis, trauma and disaster
  • Introduce the vision for churches as trauma care hubs
  • Describe impacts of trauma on health
  • Discuss the importance of trauma training
  • Provide a few keys to shepherd-led trauma care
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Dr. Cathy Sigmund, PhD, CWM, CCTP

Dr. Sigmund is a licensed psychologist and licensed minister (Christian & Missionary Alliance). She is passionate about integrating faith with professional practice, research and consultation, and specializes in studying and working with people of other cultures, especially those who have been victimized by violence and/or trauma. Dr. Sigmund practices as a psychologist, consultant and academic instructor in the Greater Pittsburgh area as well as other locations in the U.S. and overseas.

Earn a Certificate

The Essentials of Church Trauma Care Certificate includes 4 courses in this series. These courses will introduce you to key components of trauma care ministry. They outline a vision for churches to serve as trauma care hubs, provides education on spiritual first aid, trauma care for children and youth, community and racial trauma, and an overview of pastoral and lay counseling strategies.

To earn this certificate, you’ll need to complete all four courses in the series:

  • CATCH 101: Churches as Trauma Care Hubs
  • Trauma Care Counseling Strategies
  • Children, Youth, Stress and Trauma
  • Church CARE for Cultural Trauma

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