Soul Care Day - "The Church and Hope for the Traumatised"
with Dr Diane Langberg

9:30am to 2:30pm, Saturday 2nd July - Thornhill Church, Cardiff
£10 per attendee

The Soul Care Network of the Wales Leadership Forum is delighted to be hosting Dr Diane Langberg for her first speaking visit to Wales. Diane is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked with trauma victims for over fifty years. She is also the author of several helpful books including, ‘Suffering and the heart of God’ and more recently, ‘Redeeming Power – Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church’. Dr Langberg has been a great help both to victims of trauma and those who seek to give care to them and has a real heart for the honour of Christ’s name in the church.

During our time together Diane will develop our understanding of how trauma affects Christians and the needs of those who sadly experience it. There will be opportunity for Q&A and we believe this day will be a great help to churches. This is a rare opportunity for us to benefit from her experience and insights, and you are invited.

For further details contact info@walesleadershipforum.org.uk

Diane Langberg

Dr Diane Langberg

Programme

9.30 – 10am

Arrival

10am

Session 1 – Living with Memories of Trauma

11.15am

Session 2 – Grief and Loss in the Traumatised

12.30 – 1.15pm

Lunch break (There will be a brief presentation from Jacqui and Cliff Knight of Church as a Refuge 1 – 1:15pm)

1.15pm

Session 3 – Care for the Caregiver

2.30pm

Finish

The stream’s sessions at EQUIP 2021 were:

  • Session One (Online) | “Recognising abuse”
    God calls us to speak up, judge rightly, defend and deliver the weak and needy. Many who sit amongst us every Sunday desperately need us to do exactly this, and yet we miss the signs. This session will help us to recognise and respond to domestic abuse. We will consider some red flags that can alert us to the presence of abuse. We will also see what abuse dynamics look like and learn some of the common pitfalls to avoid. This will enable us to provide loving, biblically grounded care for those who are suffering so greatly.
  • Session Two (In-person) | “Caring for the abused”
    Sadly, many who approach the church for help are retraumatised by the response they receive. Often, they walk away for good. The pain of systematic abuse destroys so much of our personhood and often results in complex trauma. If we are not trauma aware, we tend to misunderstand what we are seeing in the victim and cause further damage, placing victims in greater danger, through our response. This session will consider the signs of complex trauma and address some common mistakes to avoid. This will equip us to help rather than harm.
  • Session Three & Four (Online) | “Caring for the abuser”
    Our previous two sessions have looked at recognising the relational dynamics of abuse and caring for the abused. However, it is vital that we also consider what robust, biblical care for the abuser looks like. It is complicated and one in which it is easy to cause further damage, but not taking action goes against the heart of God.

Please note – some of the material discussed in these sessions may feel difficult or triggering for some.

Recording from the online Soul Care Network session held during the EQUIP 2021 conference.

Audio recording from the Soul Care Network session held on the final day of the EQUIP 2021 conference.
Download the accompanying PowerPoint slides here.

Recording from the online Soul Care Network session held in February 2022.

EQUIP 2021 Network Speaker

Catherine Haddow

Catherine Haddow

Catherine Haddow is a Chartered Psychologist and uses her training, under the authority of Scripture, to provide therapeutic discipleship to struggling believers at The Cornerstone, Trowbridge. She is passionate about equipping individuals and churches to provide pastoral care which brings lasting change as lives are connected to the promises and Person of Christ.

Network Facilitator

Phil Swann

Phil Swann

Phil Swann began ministry in West Yorkshire in 1990 after leaving his career in Cardiff as a Physiotherapist. He now the Pastor at Llanelli Free Evangelical Church in West Wales. He also teaches Pastoral Theology, for the Evangelical Movement of Wales, on their Theological Training Course.