Posts tagged " trauma healing "

Boulder Crest Retreat

December 9th, 2015 Posted by Organizations, Resources No Comment yet

Boulder Crest Retreat is the nation’s first privately-funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to our nation’s combat veterans and their families. We are committed to improving the physical, emotional, spiritual and economic wellbeing of this remarkable community of heroes, and ensuring they have the opportunity to succeed in their new mission – a life of passion, purpose and service – here at home.

Soul Care: Spiritual Journey Toward Healing and Well-being for Our Veterans and their Families

November 10th, 2015 Posted by Blog No Comment yet

The church is uniquely positioned to give attention to the spiritual health of our veterans – an underserved component of veteran’s well-being. Churches have distinctive strengths and capacities for care. The church is the sacred community called forth for life and healing.

The Huffington Post – Moral Injury

August 5th, 2015 Posted by Articles, Resources No Comment yet

A 3 part series of stories by David Wood on the HuffingtonPost focusing on moral injury

“Formed by War” and Shaped by Faith

June 16th, 2015 Posted by Blog 2 comments

Yes, warriors can be formed by war. But, so can the warrior be shaped by faith. The faith community can get “a better understanding of war’s assault on the human soul” and be active in veteran healing and reconciliation. Combat wounds the soul, but the gospel offers hope!

Soul Care Conversation

June 16th, 2015 Posted by Blog 2 comments

What do you desire to share, ponder, process, and pursue? I would hope that we can begin to assess the unique strengths and capacities we have for care; map the assets we have as faith communities or faith partners; and explore, engage and equip leaders and concerned congregations to the specific needs within the veteran and caregiver community. So, let us begin the conversation…

Art Therapy, Gets to the Soul of the Matter

April 27th, 2015 Posted by Articles, Blog 4 comments

The “soul art” encounter began as Donna shared with the group her soul wound, making herself vulnerable to the veterans attending. This “confession” had the affect of tearing down walls between her and the group that opened the doors of trust. Donna shared with the group the significance of the art in her life as it has brought her healing. She opened her soul to us by sharing a story around each piece of art.

Soldier’s Heart

March 19th, 2015 Posted by Organizations, Resources No Comment yet

Soldier’s Heart, developed by Edward Tick, Ph.D. and Kate Dahlstedt, LMHC, provides a unique and comprehensive model to address the emotional, moral, and spiritual wounds of veterans, their families and communities. It offers a genuine healing and homecoming from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by developing a new and honorable warrior identity supported by community.

Service of Healing (Experiential) – Preparation and Process

March 18th, 2015 Posted by Congregational No Comment yet

(Click here to download a Word document that you can edit for your context)



  1. Arrange chairs in a circle
  2. Place large table in center of circle
  3. On the table include the following; at one end of the table have an open Bible and lit candle, and the other end have the elements for the Eucharist, in the center a talking piece, i.e. Cross, candle, feather, stone, etc.
  4. CD player with instrumental music playing.


  1. Inform participants that the service includes the circle process and may require up to 3 hours for 10 persons.
  2. Invite each participant:
    • Consider two stories to share; one that represents pain/trauma, and the second story that represent their healing journey.
    • Bring 2 objects; one that represents their story of pain/trauma and the other of their healing.
  3. Prepare participants to understand the importance of story;
    • Every person has a story and every story has a lesson to offer.
    • Story has meaning.
    • Story unites people with a common bond.


  1. Explain to the participants the practice of story-telling and the significance of the talking piece.
    • When a person holds the talking piece, it is their time to share. Everyone else is invited to listen.
    • The talking piece is passed from person to person in the circle. Anyone is allowed to pass without speaking at any time.
    • Each person has an equal chance to hear and share their sacred story.
  2. Demonstrate sharing in the circle and the passing of the talking piece.
  3. Each round will include the following;
    • The first round, the leader expresses the assigned topic; introduce self and what is the significance of the person’s first name in six words or less.
    • The second round, the leader will ask each person to share about the object that they brought to the service, the object represents their pain experience, may be trauma related. The leader will invite the first person to share his/her story.  After each shares their respective story, that person will place the object on the table in close proximity to the candle and open Bible.  (Placing the object which represents their war experience or trauma close to the candle or Bible suggests that even in the midst of walking thru the “valley of death” they had God’s promises as shared in scripture and the light of God leading their path.)
    • The third round, the leader will ask each person to share about the object that they brought that represents healing.  The leader will ask each to share her/his story.  After each shares their respective story, each person will place the object on the table in close proximity to the elements for the Eucharist.  (Placing the object which represents healing close to the elements suggests that as we partake in the body and blood of Christ, we participate in Christ’s resurrection and experience new life.)
  4. Conclude the service with the group holding hands as the blessing is offered.

(Click here to download a Word document that you can edit for your context)

Combat Trauma Support Group

March 17th, 2015 Posted by Organizations No Comment yet

The PTSD Foundation of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring to our combat veterans and their families with post traumatic stress. They have several different programs including “Warrior Groups” – fellowships for combat veterans and their families to share experiences and provide support

Moral Injury – the Silent Wound of War

March 3rd, 2015 Posted by Blog No Comment yet

Chaplain Kibben unfolds for the reader the impact of faith as lived out with authenticity in an act of service that becomes the sacred, that invites a person to trust, and thereby fosters the beginning of a journey toward healing.