Survivor Care: What Religious Professionals Need to Know about Healing Trauma

Survivor Care: What Religious Professionals Need to Know about Healing Trauma

by Christy Gunter Sim


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Dr. Christy Sim works diligently to serve the needs of survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. On any given Sunday morning, a pastor can look over the 100 members of the congregation and see 25 women and 14 men who have been crippled by domestic violence and trauma—no matter the race or socio-economic group. The church is more than a hospital for sinners, it is also an emergency room for those who have been sinned against. But emergency rooms are not the place for long-term care. More is needed.

Written especially for Christian mental health professionals and students, counselors, therapists, psychologists, and pastors, the author lays out a framework and shows why issues related to violence and abuse continue to plague our society. The goal of care is not merely to help victims survive but move on to healing and wholeness. Beginning with the neurobiology of trauma, this practical guide outlines three modes of biological reaction and introduces specific ways healing can occur. Then Sim addresses the importance of self-care and vicarious trauma, including behavioral signs and symptoms. The book throws into high relief how community partners, including churches, can help. Lastly, the book addresses standards of care, confidentiality, and other resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945935350
Publisher: United Methodist General Board of Higher
Publication date: 11/29/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,105,300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Forming a Basis for Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims

Chapter 2: Understanding the Brain and Body in Trauma

Chapter 3: Imagining Healing

Chapter 4: Vicarious Trauma

Chapter 5: Community Partners

Chapter 6: Active Shooters and Other Family Violence Threats

Appendix A: Top 10: Things Pastors Are Shocked to Learn

Appendix B: Top 10: Things You Can Do for Survivors

Appendix C: Top 10: Ways to Communicate Openness to Victims

Appendix D: Top 10: Things NOT to Say to a Survivor of Violence

Appendix E: Top 10: Things to Say to a Survivor of Violence

Appendix F: Active Listening with Victims

Appendix G: Safety Planning Basics

Appendix H: Crisis Moment Checklist

Appendix I: False Reporting Statistics

Appendix J: Domestic Violence Decision Tree

Appendix K: Questions to Consider When Making Decisions about Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.


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