Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Do No Harm—Trauma-Informed Lens for Trauma-Informed Ministry: A Study of the Impact of the Helping Churches in Trauma Awareness Workshop (HCTAW) on Trauma Awareness among predominantly African- and Caribbean-American leaders in Church of God 7th Day churches in the Bronx and Brooklyn, New York
by Mills Kamara, Carol V., D.Min., Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, 2017, 129; 10275904
Abstract (Summary)

The aim of this dissertation, Do No Harm: Trauma-Informed Lens for Trauma-Informed Ministry: A study of the Impact of the Helping Churches in Trauma Awareness Workshop (HC-TAW) on Trauma Awareness Among Predominantly African- and Caribbean-American leaders in Church of God 7th Day churches in the Bronx and Brooklyn, New York, is to conduct an experimental study assessing whether HC-TAW is an effective intervention to increase trauma awareness among participating leaders—pastors and lay leaders. The study used a trauma-informed quiz as a pretest to measure trauma awareness of 41 participants (participants from churches in the two experimental groups)) prior to participation in HC-TAW. The same trauma-informed quiz was given to participants as a posttest to assess whether change in levels of trauma awareness occurred. A control group of 10 participants also completed the trauma-informed quiz but did not participate in HC-TAW.

Chapter 1 develops the purpose, goal, ministry context, and general scope of this study. Chapter 2 provides a review of germane literature related to the need for trauma awareness, nature and impact of psychological trauma, healing trauma, the fundamental elements of trauma-informed care (TIC)/trauma-informed ministry (TIM), and biblical and theological literature advocating for trauma-informed ministry. Chapter 3 sets forth the research methodology utilized in recruiting and selecting participants, description of instrument used to collect and measure data, and a description of how the intervention was executed. Chapter 4 presents an analysis of the findings. Chapter 5 assesses the data and points to strategies for areas of further research of trauma awareness among leaders in the Church of God 7th Day and leaders in other denominations or faith-based organizations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Veloz, Carmen V., Chan, Frank
Commitee: Balmaceda, Vilma, Chan, Frank, Sanders, Martin P., Veloz, Carmen
School: Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary
Department: Christiian Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Religion, Behavioral psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Emotional pain, Healing psychological trauma, Spiritual formation, Trauma and the church, Trauma awareness, Trauma-informed ministry
Publication Number: 10275904
ISBN: 9781369736472
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