The Refugee Experience

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Gain understanding of the trauma and challenges refugees experience before, during and after resettlement, through a biblical lens. Perspectives from refugees in their own words will expand your insight and ability to minister to this population.

LEARN AT YOUR OWN PACE: Start this course anytime, and you’ll have 3 months to complete all coursework. A field-expert instructor will grade and share feedback on your work to guide your learning.

What you’ll learn

  • Explain similarities and differences between displaced people, immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Describe refugee and resettlement experiences, processes and procedures.
  • Evaluate refugee and immigrant experiences from a biblical perspective.
  • Develop strategies for improving awareness of refugee experiences, resilience and service needs.


This course is Part 1 of 3 in the Refugee Ministry Certificate series. By completing this and the other two courses in this series with a demonstrated 80% proficiency, you are eligible to apply your Certificate of Completion for 3 academic credits in a graduate degree at Crown College.

You can register for ANY course in this series; they do not need to be taken consecutively.



Caring for Refugees in Crisis

Understand challenges facing refugees and best practices for helping in this free 3-session webinar from the Refugee And Immigrant Network.

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Refugee Ministry Series

Refugee Issues + Interventions

Understand how trauma impacts refugees emotionally, psychologically, physically and spiritually, and engage a framework for care and healing.

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Refugee Ministry Series

Refugee Resilience + Recovery

Explore a framework for helping refugees heal from emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual trauma.

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  • Kottler, J. A., Banu, S., & Jani, S. (2020). Handbook of refugee experience: Trauma, resilience, and recovery. San Diego, CA: Cognella. [ISBN: 978-1516526741] Parts of this book are used in the other courses in this series.

Additional readings are provided in the course.


Course Syllabus