Healing the Healers in Santa Barbara
Institute for Collective Trauma and Growth (ICTG), in partnership with Westmont College’s Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts and Odyssey Impact, hosts the Healing the Healers film series in Montecito, CA.
Healing the Healers is a new media resource intended to support clergy, laity, social workers, first responders and other spiritual care providers facing community-level trauma. The five-part film series is accompanied by a discussion guide including written reflections by scholars, clergy and other experts. In the series, Rev. Matthew Crebbin of Newtown Congregational Church, leads an important conversation with faith leaders who’ve experienced mass trauma, either suddenly, as at Newtown or during 9/11, or through ministering to a community facing chronic violence, such as Hartford, CT or St. Louis, MO.
On May 28, 2019, ICTG and the Gaede Institute brought together faith and community leaders representing neighborhoods and organizations impacted by the Thomas Fire, Montecito Debris Flow, Hill and Woolsey Fires, Borderline Bar Shooting, and Las Vegas/Rt 91 Concert Shooting. Leaders represented organizations including Westmont College, California Lutheran University, local clergy associations and congregations, Cottage Health, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Following the historic disaster season throughout the country in recent months and years, including the wildfires, flooding, and violence, ICTG continues to be sought after by local and national leaders for education, coaching, and therapeutic services. Events like these, says ICTG Executive Director Kate Wiebe, invite faith-based and community leaders into a “living conversation” to hear from others who have experienced community-level trauma and reflect on their local experiences together.
“At ICTG, we are passionate about creating opportunities for faith-based and community leaders to learn how to contribute, together, to whole community care after tragedy, and it means a tremendous amount to us to know that an event like this feels so helpful to the leaders who attend. They say they feel supported, like they are not alone, and like they have more information and increased skills to take their next steps,” said Kate.
Through the film series, Healing the Healers, ICTG has partnered with Odyssey Impact to bring participants tools, resources, services and screenings, all designed to enhance and sustain the essential work of caregivers in the aftermath of trauma.
"I found the progression of the videos to be outstanding. I literally went from trying to keep from crying through the first video to feeling hopeful and reflective on how to better care for myself and other pastors by the fifth video,” says a pastor participant.
Reflecting on the films and facilitated discussion, a local educator commented, “Thank you for a powerful conference! The films and discussion grew my perspective and empathy. I appreciate the opportunity to consider trauma in my community and how I prepare future teachers. I am intrigued about cultivating hope in the midst of trauma.”
One hospital representative said she especially “loved the faith diversity and the lack of clichés or simple answers” expressed in the films and facilitated discussion.
To learn more visit ictg.org, and to purchase the films visit healingthehealers.org.
Through the generosity of individuals, families, and granting organizations, the Institute for Collective Trauma and Growth (ICTG), a 501(c)(3) organization, provides education, coaching, and therapeutic services for leaders to address long-term congregational and community care needs after disaster.