This workshop will enhance your care ministry to those who have been a victim or witness of a relational harm or violence. Unlike people living through a long-term illness, a fatal diagnosis, or a recent death, aftercare for victims of crime, their loved ones, and people transitioning through the criminal justice system requires a different type of care and support for healing to occur. This workshop equips and resources Stephen Ministers, Care Ministers, and Lay Servant Ministers to provide better holistic care with those already in our midst who remain silenced by shame and pain.
The first half of this session will provide simple steps, tools, and restorative experiences that can be used to begin caring for victims and justice-involved individuals. We will explore what it means to guide a person on the path to healing and wholeness following a crime, offense, or violence. Topics covered include:
- Developing a working definition of victim and trauma
- Trauma and its impact
- Healing response needs following victimization
- Forgiveness and shame resilience
- Victim’s rights in the criminal justice system
The second half of this session will provide guidance and an existing model for working collaboratively in a local “Good Samaritan” ministry based on similar efforts in the Ohio River Valley District.
Presenters include Reba Collins, All In Community Consultant for the WOC; Dr. Mike Davis, OH Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections Religious Services Chief; and Jami Nathan, Maumee Watershed Stephen's Ministry Leader.