A team that includes people serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators has developed a course to help people deal with distress caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. According to Wycliffe the team has been involved in the area of trauma healing for many years, and has quickly adapted its techniques to help people work through the trauma that can be caused by the pandemic.
The free course is called ‘Healing from the Distress of the COVID-19 Crisis’ and has already been published in several Western languages, including English, Spanish and French. It is now being translated into a number of non-Western languages, and been used in the UK, the USA, Malawi and Peru. There are also versions for caregivers such as nurses and for families.
Margaret Hill, who serves with Wycliffe and worked on developing the course, says: ‘The coronavirus pandemic has turned the lives of almost everybody upside down. For some, those changes have been highly traumatic – such as the loss of loved ones, jobs, or financial security. For others, the effects have been less dramatic but still have an impact – such as working from home, having children constantly at home, or being unable to finish degrees or school satisfactorily. People deal with these things differently, but they are all possible sources of trauma. So this course is really for everyone – whatever your experience of the pandemic – because we have all been affected by it.’
Participants work through scenarios and questions that help them to reflect on how they feel about what has and is happening as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Margaret continues: ‘By considering aspects of the pandemic and its effects on you, and by bringing your concerns to God, participants are able to find healing and move on with their lives.’
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SOURCE: Assist News