Trauma Care Counseling Strategies

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About this course

Whether you’re a lay person, pastor or a care worker, this course will introduce you to valuable strategies and practical tools for coming alongside people amid grief, loss and trauma. You’ll be introduced to essential listening skills and the Restored model, a healing care approach used extensively in local churches.

What you’ll learn in this course:

  • Describe the development and benefits of church-based Christian counseling
  • Understand the basic concepts of Restored: Healing Care (A trauma group model)
  • Review essential interpersonal and lay counseling skills

The Christian Counselors’ Collaborative

The Christian Counselors Collaborative (CCC) is a professional, Christ-centered ministry which aims to support local churches and pastors in caring for their congregants and community.


Cassy Wimmer, LCSW

Cassy Wimmer is a licensed clinical social worker with the CCC, who has extensive experience facilitating groups designed to help trauma survivors experience Christ’s healing.


Dan McHugh, MA, PC, NCC

Dan McHugh serves as the assistant director of the Allegheny Center Alliance Church (ACAC) Counseling Ministry and the assistant director for the Christian Counselors Collaborative (CCC). Dan has provided leadership to our ACAC’s pre-marital counseling ministry for over 10 years and has extensive experience in the counseling field.


Rev. Tom Laird, MABC

Tom Laird serves as the Director of the Allegheny Center Alliance Church (ACAC) Counseling Ministry and the Executive Director for the Christian Counselors Collaborative (CCC).

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
  • Children, Youth, Stress and Trauma
  • Trauma Care Counseling Strategies
  • Church CARE for Cultural Trauma
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