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Navigating Trauma

Bible based help for wounded hearts.

Navigating Trauma is a Scripture-based programme that leads people through trauma towards a place of peace. 

Our story 

In 2018 Bible Society was approached by a church in North London with the question, ‘What can we do for families affected by knife crime?’ 

We knew there was a very successful global programme called Trauma Healing licensed by the Trauma Healing Institute, an extension of the American Bible Society. 

With prayer and discernment, we started to develop the programme in England and Wales.

Our vision

One of Bible Society's aims is to catalyse Bible inspired change in the world. We believe God's word is powerful and that he works through it to change lives, for good.

Navigating Trauma is a programme for people who've experienced suffering and who still feel the effects in their lives, perhaps years later. They haven't been able to make sense of what's happened, and it still haunts them. For many there's a sense of brokenness that they can't change. But, ‘The LORD is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit’ (Psalm 34.18, NIV). 

We believe the saving power of God can be experienced through humble and prayerful engagement with the Bible. 

Navigating Trauma update 

Q: Where are we now?

A: This Bible Society programme has enjoyed a warm reception and the growing numbers of people seeking to be involved in taking it up – either as trained facilitators or support group participants – points to its timeliness. Navigating Trauma offers God’s hope and healing to those navigating through periods of loss, pain and grief and looking to make sense of their existing heart wounds through the lens of Scripture. 

Because the need for the programme is growing, we need to put more resources into it. We’ll be expanding training opportunities so it’s easier for churches and other organisations to take part. 

Q: What is coming next?

A: We are working on developing this programme in exciting ways

  • We aim to develop and publish a UK-contextualised version of the programme. We believe it will be a useful addition to an already effective and established programme of resources and materials, with a particular emphasis on safeguarding. This safeguarding aspect of the programme is important to ensure that all those who deliver and engage with it are kept safe, and that mental health is protected wherever possible.
  • We will be working to add training capacity for those wishing to become facilitators in this programme. We will partner with churches and organisations, offering a variety of options that should allow for greater access and uptake to include residential, hybrid, online/virtual and day delegate training modules.

Q: What do we do while this phasing of the programme takes place?

A: In the meantime, we welcome any questions and expressions of interest to [email protected]. We would encourage those who would like to, to continue to make full use of the Trauma Healing Institute’s resources and training programmes.

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