As discussed in your review spiritual development is very
much affected by trauma and as a first responder to crisis victims we must let
the love of God shine through us. Crisis counselors are the bridge between crisis
and normality for victims. With positive spiritual experiences, survivors can
deepen their relationship with God. As a representative of Christ we are
the sanctuary for those who are suffering. God has shared his love with us
through the Holy Spirit, so that we may counsel those who feel forsaken.
first responders we are to aid victims by giving them hope. Which is giving
their trust back to God. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and
peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of
the Holy Spirit.(Romans 15:13)”. Like Paul, counselors of those in trauma are not called by
the church but by God and we are his servant’s. Counselors are guides back to a
hopeful future. Because those affected are mentally jumbled, they have loss the
feeling of a safe world and they have lost their bond to God and other people.
The healing process for victims does vary. According
to Wright (2011), even Flashbacks/nightmares are actually access routes to memory;
it’s the brain attempting to heal itself and make sense of what happened. Individuals cannot remain
in trauma or crisis forever at some point the person will take action to reduce
that current state. According to Huff (2010), people can only last in acute
emotional upset for a few days or for a few weeks. After that point they will
start to seek out resolution. Now this resolution may be permeant or temporary.
L.A. (2010). People in Crisis, 6th Edition. MBS Direct. Retrieved from https://mbsdirect.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781135853525/
Wright, H. N. (2011). The Complete Guide to Crisis &
Trauma Counseling. MBS Direct. Retrieved from https://mbsdirect.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781441267580/