As I'm nearing the end my first decade of counseling (with another one in teaching and pastoring), I have found that the impact of religious institutions is profound and have created a pressing need to address the often overlooked issue of religious trauma. Having personally experienced the harmful effects of a "not good enough" mentality within the church, I embarked on a transformative journey by completing Religious Trauma Training through the Global Center for Religious Research (GCRR).
Understanding Religious Trauma: Religious trauma encompasses the psychological, emotional, and social consequences of harmful religious experiences. These may include judgment, exclusion, or oppressive teachings that leave individuals feeling wounded and rejected. My own history within the church exposed me to the detrimental effects of such experiences, leading me to seek a path of healing for myself and others.
Discovering GCCR: The Global Center for Religious Research (GCRR) caught my attention as an organization dedicated to studying the effects of religious trauma and offering evidence-based interventions. Their commitment to understanding the nuances of religious trauma and providing resources for individuals, regardless of their stance on the church, resonated deeply with my personal journey. They have the "hard conversations" that we need to have.
My Religious Trauma Training Journey: Embarking on the Religious Trauma Training offered by GCCR was a profound experience. The comprehensive curriculum covered topics ranging from recognizing signs of religious trauma to implementing effective interventions. The training not only equipped me with valuable knowledge but also fostered a supportive community of like-minded individuals committed to creating safe spaces for healing.
Creating a Safe Haven: Armed with the insights gained from the training, my goal is to establish a safe haven for those grappling with the effects of religious trauma. Whether someone is contemplating leaving the church, choosing to stay, or holding a leadership position within it, I aspire to provide a non-judgmental and empathetic space for healing. It's crucial to recognize that healing is a personal journey, and my aim is to support individuals wherever they are in that process.
Breaking the "Not Good Enough" Mentality: Having personally encountered the detrimental "not good enough" mentality within the church, I am committed to breaking this cycle. Through compassionate and evidence-based interventions, I hope to empower individuals to overcome the damaging narratives that may have been instilled in them by religious institutions.
Conclusion: Completing Religious Trauma Training through GCRR has not only been a personal journey of healing but also a transformative step towards making a positive impact on the lives of others. My mission is to create a space where individuals can find solace, understanding, and evidence-based support on their journey to healing from religious trauma. Together, let us foster a community that embraces diversity, empathy, and a commitment to breaking free from the chains of religious trauma.