Empowering Emotional Freedom

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Featured, Field Updates, REEP | 0 comments

Empowering Emotional Freedom
Trauma counseling session in Alero Camp.

Trauma counseling session in Alero Camp.

Free people, free people.  In the aftermath of years of civil war, there is no life that has been untouched by trauma, horror, and pain. It is critical that these wounded hearts find healing in arms of their Savior. Through the counseling, they meet the “Great Forgiver” and find the strength to forgive the great sins committed against them and experience true peace and reconciliation at the Feet of Jesus.

Our Trauma Rehabilitation outreach (part of our Rural Education and Empowerment Program) utilizes the EMPOWER curriculum designed to help people who have experienced highly stressful and traumatic life events. The aim of EMPOWER is to encourage these people to overcome their trauma and develop skills to become successful in life. Unlike other programs that need a qualified teacher, EMPOWER can be led by anyone who has a basic primary school level of education and reading ability. The EMPOWER program, designed to be easy to follow and written in simple language, has two parts to it:

Filling out the questionaire to determine depth of trauma.

Filling out the questionnaire to determine depth of trauma.

This first part focuses on building emotional strength and the ability to cope well with stressful and traumatic situations. Emotional strength is like covering yourself with plastic to protect you from the rain. It may still rain, but you don’t get as wet. In the same way, when you have emotional strength, stressful and traumatic things may still happen in your life from time to time (like rain), but you are not as affected by them (like no longer getting wet).

Part 1 of the EMPOWER program follows a simple six-step process:

1. A questionnaire identifies the depth of the participant’s trauma

2. Trust building games.

3. Exploration of the trauma and its impact to the affected.

4. A snake bite story describing the process of getting rid of snake venom is shared to illustrate the nature of process of emotional recovery

5. A step-by-step “Snake Bite” emotional recovery plan is then shared with participants

6. The information shared up to this point dealing with emotional trauma is reviewed.

Trust building games Alero Camp Trauma.

Trust building games Alero Camp Trauma.

Part 2 of the EMPOWER program is about forgiveness. Forgiveness is all about letting go of past hurts, bitterness, and anger towards other people and being able to freely get on with life. Forgiveness helps to heal emotional pain on the inside, but it never excuses people for what they have done. It also doesn’t make your bad memories go away. However, just like with rain and plastic, when you have bad memories from time to time (like rain), you are not as affected by them (like not getting wet). In order to be successful in life, this is an important skill to learn and practice. During this second part the leader speaks about:

1. Introduction to forgiveness.

2. Need of forgiveness

3. Why forgive.

4. When to forgive.

5. Who to forgive.

6. Freedom through forgiveness.

Role playing at Alero Camp Trauma Counseling.

Role playing at Alero Camp Trauma Counseling.

What joy we have to see the transformation on the faces of those who have found forgiveness and can now extended to others, as life after life is freed to fulfill its God-given destiny!

Happy participants finding healing at Alero Camp Trauma Counseling.

Happy participants finding healing at Alero Camp Trauma Counseling.

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