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. Such trauma is prevalent, without regard for socio-economic, race, gender, or religion around the world.

The Center’s main goal is to provide trauma-informed education and care to people and places around the globe as we model the compassion of Jesus by helping to prevent traumatization or re-traumatization while promoting long-term healing from trauma. We offer trauma-informed awareness, education, and tools to support prevention and healing in organizations, schools, churches, and communities across the world acknowledging that the work of becoming trauma-informed is a continual journey. 

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.


Presentation Request Form

Are you interested in having our a member of the Trauma Education Team speak to your group, organization or at an event? Use this short form to submit a request! 

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

Scriptual Pursuit-Discussions on the intersections of faith and trauma with Dr. Glenn Russell and Trauma Ed Executive Director, Ingrid Slikkers.  
Real Family Talk-The Hope Channel -Engaging, informative, and spiritual discussions on  issues facing today's families.
Dr. Dustin Young, Director of Higher Eduction Intitatives, talks with Real Family hosts, Willie and Elaine Oliver. 


Shifting our Lens: Practical Trauma-informed Approaches for Educators- The Journal of Adventist Education

Cleansing the Sanctuary of the Heart: Tools for Emotional Healing is filled with the stories of real people who have had the courage to face the pain of their abuse, addictions and relational challenges.  Written by Dr.'s David and Beverly Sedlacek.

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 


In the News

Leslie Rodriguez & Ingrid Weiss Slikkers, Breathe -Understanding the reality of trauma
Andrews University President, Dr. John Wesley Taylor, highlights the creation and work of the Trauma Ed Center at GC Annual Council, as part of the university’s “Mission in Action”.

Dustin Young, Trauma Ed Center Staff,  Partners with Adventist Information Ministry to Create a New Suicide Prevention Course.


During the 2022–2023 school year, two of our interns, Naissa N’diaye and Maci Chen, supported the Bourj Hammoud Adventist Learning Center (ALC) in Beirut, Lebanon, who work with Syrian refugee children.


Page 6: Safeguarding Our Children from Abuse by David Sedlacek

Page 23: Andrews University's Institute for Prevention of Addictions(IPA) and International Cent for Trauma Education & Care now share a combined location-Shalom House.


David and Beverly Sedlacek's “Cleansing the Sanctuary of the Heart: Tools for Emotional Healing” will be displayed at the Hong Kong Book Fair


Page 7: Co-curricular short course on Understanding Trauma, presented by Emma Vanderwaal

Page 20: Trauma-informed Academic Partnership

Pge 34: Partnering with Kevin Brown, Assistant to the President for Strategic Enterprise


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


  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 Mission

To help facilitate an understanding of long-term faith-based healing from trauma as well as prevent re-traumatization by offering trauma informed awareness, education, and tools to support healing for individuals, groups, and communities.


Are you interested in having a member of our team speak to your group, organization or at an event?

Then use this short form to submit a request. 

Are you interested in joining a future trauma education course or just have some questions?
Send us a message at or by calling (269) 471-3559.


Do you want to learn more about trauma-informed practices, check out some resources, or stay up to date on what the Center is up to?  Check us out on Facebook or Instagram


If you would like to support the Center's work, you can use the  DONATE button at the top of the page or click this link.

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