Facing the Fears and Memories of a Traumatic Event | Prayer Center


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On the night of February 10, an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 shook Surigao del Norte where more than 10,000 families from 82 barangays were affected as per the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).

With damaged houses and collapsed bridges, the estimated cost of damage to property and infrastructure is at least ₱665M. The following day, the local government declared Surigao City in a state of calamity.

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CBN Asia believes that ministering to people who were traumatized, grieving or in a difficult situation is part of the Biblical mandate for the church or pastoral ministry.

But then, what if the pastors or counselors were also traumatized? How will they be able to help others if they themselves need to be comforted?

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For this reason, CBN Asia connected with its Surigao church partners. Pastor Salvador Bautista, Manager of CBN Asia Prayer Center and a registered guidance counselor conducted a free trauma counseling training at New Life Gospel Church on April 28.

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Pastors and church leaders must first learn that trauma counseling is not about giving advice. It is not merely prescribing solution nor moralizing or preaching. Trauma counseling is also not about analyzing nor diagnosing the problem. It is neither judging nor criticizing, praising or agreeing with the counselee.

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Trauma counseling is journeying with and helping the counselee face the fears and memories of a painful event, leading to overcoming loss and anxiety about the situation.

  • A counselor must assure the person of his or her whole presence. The counselor must be reminded about his or her role. He or she is the counselor and the goal is to help the counselee find ways of expressing feelings and meeting needs.
  • He must respect the emotional processes of the person. The grieving or traumatized person must be given enough time and space to sort out thoughts and emotions. There must be room to talk about the experiences. A counselee should also be allowed to shed some tears, as crying helps express one’s fear, pain, or grief.

The Bible exhorts carrying each other’s burdens. In doing trauma counseling, counselors fulfill the “law of Christ.”

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