Building a Trauma-Informed Church

In this Building a Trauma-Informed Church course, you will develop, analyze, and utilize a trauma-informed framework and leadership model in order to incorporate it into every level of your ministry. 

Takes approximately 15 hours to complete.


Training more than one person?


Church and Ministry Leadership

Course Description

Research suggests that most people you interact with—nearly 70% worldwide— have experienced some form of trauma, including the individuals you serve in ministry. Whether you’re preaching, leading a small group, or directing a meal outreach program, it is essential to bring trauma-informed care to every area of ministry. By taking this course, you’ll apply what you’ve learned about trauma and become a champion for practical change and holistic discipleship within your congregation. You’ll learn to develop, analyze, and utilize a trauma-informed framework and leadership model to help your church serve those under your care more effectively.

This course builds directly on the fundamental aspects of trauma you learned in Foundations of Trauma Ministry and is the recommended fourth course in the Certificate of Emotional Health in Ministry.

Please note: if you have prior knowledge about the fundamentals and psychological impact of trauma, you can skip Course 3 and go directly into this course. 

If you want to see a preview of this course, check it out here!

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Meet Your Instructors

David C. Wang

David Wang is a licensed psychologist, pastor, editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology, and serves on the editorial board for the APA journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice. In 2022, he joined Fuller’s faculty as the Cliff and Joyce Penner Chair for the Formation of Emotionally Healthy Leaders.

His research interests include trauma and traumatic stress, spiritual formation and spiritual theology (with special interest in the experience of the spiritual desert), and various topics related to multicultural psychology, peace, and justice.

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The FULLER Equip courses are designed with the goal of providing a comprehensive education in the study of Scripture and its practical applications to life, work, and the advancement of God's kingdom.

These courses are specifically tailored to meet the needs of learners around the world, offering a global perspective on the study of Scripture and its relevance to everyday life.

Whether you are looking to deepen your personal understanding of Scripture, or seeking to apply its principles to your professional life or ministry, FULLER Equip courses offer a wide range of resources and tools to help you achieve your goals.

From online lectures and interactive discussions to practical assignments and case studies, these courses are designed to engage learners at all levels and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. So whether you are a beginner or an experienced student of Scripture, FULLER Equip courses have something to offer everyone.

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About FULLER Equip

FULLER Equip is an extension of Fuller Theological Seminary. It offers non-degree courses, professional certificate programs, training services, and research to help individuals and organizations advance the kingdom of God. FULLER Equip provides courses covering theology, leadership, counseling, and more. Professional certificate programs offer specialized study. Equip also offers training services such as customized workshops and coaching. Lastly, Equip conducts research and engages in strategic partnerships to innovate Christian ministry and service.

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