​CBC8 – Crisis, Loss & Trauma Counseling


September 15, 2020 @ 6:30 am PDT
November 17, 2020 @ 9:00 pm PDT

CBC8 – Crisis, Loss & Trauma Counseling
Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 PM to 9:00 pm
Begins September 15, 2020  |  Ends  November 17, 2020


This 10-week module seeks to help students develop a foundation for assessing and treating ongoing- and post-trauma events as well as their effects in adults, plus recognize trauma responses in children. 

  • Familiarization with a variety of crisis, loss, and trauma events experienced by counselees who seek help from pastors and Biblical counselors is provided.
  • Outside speakers with expertise in some of the areas addressed may be utilized.
  • Underlying emphasis is on developing strategies and applying Scriptural principles to identify the ongoing current problems that are present in the life of the traumatized counselee and affected family members, if possible, and guide the parties involved to effect Biblical healing and restoration. 


  • To equip the student to understand the reality of trauma, its far-reaching negative effects, and to be able to understand both from a scriptural standpoint.
  • To equip the student to be able to understand both acute and chronic traumatic stress reactions and the principles and basic strategies of crisis intervention
  • To equip the students to properly identify and analyze ongoing destructive patterns in the life of the traumatized counselee and the problems that have arisen as a result, and to respond Biblically.
  • To equip the student to be an agent of God’s healing grace and Biblical change through the counseling relationship.
  • To equip the students to train others to minister to those impacted by trauma.
  • To equip the student to provide a safe, effective, and healing counseling environment.
  • To equip the student to recognize any post-traumatic distress of their own that may be present and encourage the student to seek help in effecting healing and Biblical change personally.
  • To equip the student to understand, guard against, and recognize the risk factors of vicarious- and secondary-trauma experienced by counselors.
  • To model a method of evaluating the progress of counselees and the effectiveness of the counseling relationship. 
  • To demonstrate how Biblical change in this arena impacts the individual, the family, the church, the community, and the nation.
  • To demonstrate the need for the Church (collective) to understand trauma from a Biblical perspective, to begin to speak about these matters well, and to become a safe place for people to come forward for help and for finding healing and wholeness with Christ at the center of the process.

Course Outline:
Session One: Introduction – Understanding Crisis, Trauma, Loss, and Grief
Session Two: Grief
Session Three: Trauma & Traumatic Loss
Session Four: PTD (ASD), PTSD & CPTSD
Session Five: Crisis Pregnancy & Post-Abortion Counseling
 Session Six: Combat Trauma & Consequences of War
Session Seven: Suicide: Assessment & Prevention
Session Eight: Abuse Survivors as Trauma Survivors
Session Nine: Sexual Assault Survivors as Trauma Survivors
Session Ten: Counseling Children
The course syllabus can be viewed here