American Bible Society
Trauma Healing
Trauma Healing

Become A Facilitator

The Trauma Healing Institute at American Bible Society is developing a network of facilitators who can be deployed to lead trauma healing sessions around the world.

In order to become a facilitator, a candidate must complete a competency-based assessment that will evaluate on the following competencies:

  • Able to manage personal well-being.
  • Able to work on a team.
  • Able to help traumatized people (listening, confidentiality, and so on).
  • Able to lead groups in a participatory way.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the content.

The path to acquire these competencies is:

1. Determining Appropriateness

Demonstrate intention and availability to serve others.


2. Attend Equipping Session

The equipping session can be held as a five-day seminar or as a series of weekend sessions. During the session, participants are evaluated by a simple test to measure mastery of the content, a short practice teaching exercise, and an observation of the candidates interaction with others. At the end of the session the staff member will be given feedback on whether they should continue with the process and where their strengths and areas of improvement lie. Candidate will attend an initial equipping session, which will utilize the Healing the Wounds of Trauma to help participants:

  • explore their own trauma and bring it to Christ for healing
  • experience participatory learning
  • learn basic biblical and mental health principles related to trauma care
  • develop plans for using what they have learned in their community
  • prepare reports on their activities

Attend an Equipping Session near you.


3. Practicum

Participants return to their communities to apply what they have learned. Before coming to the advanced equipping session, they need to teach the five core lessons at least twice to groups of at least three people and send a report on their activities.


4. Advanced Equipping Session

The advanced equipping session focuses on consolidating the facilitator’s competencies in view of their practicum experience.


5. Certification and Deployment

At the end of the advanced session, participants are awarded a certificiate for participation. The certificate marks an important stage in the equipping process, but not the end of learning. Facilitators continue to increase their skills by leading equipping sessions, first as assistant staff alongside someone more experienced and, over time, as the main facilitator.


6. Community of Practice

Facilitators are encouraged to continue increasing their skills by connecting with a “community of practice”, that is, others working in trauma care. The goals of a community of practice are networking, problem-solving, professional development, strategizing and encouragement.