From March 24-27, The Centre for Safeguarding Minors and Vulnerable Persons will offer a seminar studiying the dynamic of trauma, especially in abused persons. This has a deep impact on how to avoid traumatization, how to treat victims in court, and how to provide pastoral care to them. Victims of traumatizing relationships are more vulnerable to abusing contacts. In the light of Christian redemption, a way to healing and reconciliation can be opened.
The opening webinar on March 24, entitled “Trauma in the Context of Sexual Abuse: Psychological and Theological Reflections”, will be presented by Dr. Mariéle Wulf. Trauma is one of the most serious injuries to the soul. The soul seems to be dying – at least, that’s how it feels. Any kind of persistent or violent abuse is traumatizing because it destroys the dignity of the victim. To abuse means taking something away from a person that he or she is not willing or able to give. Abuse involves claiming someone’s freedom, betraying someone, lying and demanding the victim’s trust, claiming someone’s love, and controlling someone’s inner or outer life. In this webinar, Dr. Wulf will (1) explain the dimensions of abuse; (2) show how trauma affects a person; (3) explore how one can be delivered from trauma: through therapy and through grace; and (4) indicate how we can ultimately find reconciliation in God. The webinar can be viewed here.
Mariéle Wulf is professor of Moral theology/Christian ethics at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and runs a counseling praxis in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Mariéle Wulf’s work as professor of moral theology is strongly connected to her ongoing experience in accompanying traumatized and physically or sexually abused persons. Her counselling is based on the model of the soul as developed by Edith Stein. Edith Stein inspires a realistic and meaning-oriented insight into the concrete human being.
Other presentations during this four day event will cover topics on psychology, theology, pastoral outreach and testimony by those who have been abused.
You can find a detailed schedule of the topics and presentations by clicking here.
For more information on the seminar and pricing, please click here.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact CPCS@ustpaul.ca