International Center for Trauma Education & Care

Trauma occurs when a person experiences something that is perceived as physically or emotionally threatening. These experiences produce feelings of exceeding stress, terror, or helplessness, and can produce lasting effects upon the individual's mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. 

With the establishment of the Center, Andrews University School of Social Work students, professors, and alumni have the opportunity to bring trauma-informed education and holistic healing to people and places around the globe. We are excited about the continuing opportunity to bring Christ-centered hope and positive, lasting changes to a hurting world that has been damaged by the deep wounds caused by trauma.

A Post-Disaster Mental Health Team is an additional resource available to those we serve. Made up of an interdisciplinary team of trained professionals, it was created to offer a more immediate response to traumatic events. “Post-disaster” is defined as at least 72 hours after a disaster, when there is some stabilization but up to one year after the crisis event. This team can provide emotional support, psychoeducation on trauma, and connections to local resources.


TBRI Caregiver Training 

February 3, 10 & 17, 2023

Trust-Based Relational Intervention(TBRI) – Caregiver Training is an intervention for caregivers of children who have faced abuse, neglect, and/or other trauma. This program is designed to be highly interactive and is delivered in-person by certified practitioners. TBRI-Caregiver Training uses an attachment-based and trauma-informed approach. 

Due to limited seating capacity, please contact us for the registration link or more information about TBRI.  We can be reached at: (269)471-3559 or



Restored - These seven brief videos have been made to educate, inspire, and equip with tools for practical change! Share these videos during your church services and event programming.  Produced in partnership with the Health Ministries Department of the Seveth-day Adventist North American Division. 


Scriptual Pursuit-Video discussions on faith and trauma with Dr. Glenn Russell and Executive Director, Ingrid Slikkers.  

"Trauma, Suffering and Faith"

"The Power of Faith in the Midst of Trauma"



Reducing Stress in Our Homes

Best Practices for Trauma-Informed Preaching 

Creating a Trauma-Informed College Campus

The Impact of Trauma: How Do We Present Jesus to Those So Fractured?

Revealing Jesus in the Learning Environment: Experiences of Christian Educators 


Adventist Recovery Ministries

The mission of Adventist Recovery Ministries is to share hope, wholeness, and freedom from addictions, trauma, and hurtful habits through the healing power of Christ. To provide training and support for churches and individuals who wish to help those who are seeking freedom from harmful thoughts, habits, and addictions. We wish for all congregations and communities to be a safe place for anyone to come in order to find victory through Jesus Christ. 

Journey to Wholeness (JTW) offers a Facilitator program, that can empower individuals with the skills, understanding, and compassion needed to help individuals who are walking the path to freedom from addictions.  Whatever your current level of understanding about addictions, we welcome you to join this group by taking both the online and in-person trainings. Developing a Facilitator Network in order to provide peer support for those who are actively engaged as JTW Facilitators, or who are preparing to start a JTW Recovery Group.  This network could very well be the key to the success of your ministry.


In The News

AdventistReview, April 2022
"Message of Restoration Permeates Trauma Training at Andrews University." - Program is an attachment-based intervention designed to meet the needs of vulnerable children.

Andrews Agenda, April 2022
"Trauma Center Trains Local Leaders" - Message of Restoration Guides Trauma Training at Andrews University

The Herald Palladium, April 2022
"Andrews professors give mental health training to Ukrainian, Polish aid workers."

North American Division Health Ministries, January 2021
"Trauma And the Sanctuary -Creating an Environment of Support for Traumatized Individuals in Faith Based Organizations"

Lake Union Herald, January 2020
"International Trauma Education Center Opens at Andrews University"


  Use this link to hear Erick share his testimony about the importance of trauma awareness in the church.


   Training pastors and church leadership in faith-based trauma-informed practices helps them in responding to the needs of the congregation and community by integrating this knowledge into the planning of ministries, policies, and stewardship of the church's resources.




May the God of hope fill you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope...

Romans 15:13

Hands-on Education

Social Work students get plenty of experience as they provide training.

"The opportunity to bring awareness and empower people to heal from their trauma is both a privilege and a responsibility." Joanna Rivera

"Jesus is in the business of bringing people restoration. If I can have any part in His ministry of healing, I consider that an honor." Katelyn Campbell

Our History

From the local communities near Andrews University to the far reaches of the globe, there are countless people who live with the weight of past and present trauma in their lives. But faculty and staff at our Center believe that healing from trauma is possible. Read more here.


Interested in having our trauma team come speak to your group?  Want to join a trauma education course or just have some questions? Send us a message at or by calling (269) 471-3559.


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If you would like to support the Center's work, you can use this link to make a donation.