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Beyond Trigger Warnings: Toward a Trauma-Informed Pedagogy for the Graduate Theological Classroom

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | Annual Women’s Studies in Religion Chair Lecture at the Graduate Theological Union

Trauma can have pervasively negative effects on our ability to learn. While primary schools have been increasingly focused on creating trauma-informed approaches in the classroom, graduate theological schools have not been as proactive about this topic.

In addition to the overwhelming statistics of those directly affected by trauma, many students and faculty are also at risk of secondary traumatic stress, which can quickly lead to burnout.

In this second annual WSR Chair Lecture, Dr. Jennifer W. Davidson shared her current research into how to create a trauma-informed pedagogy for the graduate-level classroom. Jennifer W. Davidson is associate professor of theology and worship at American Baptist Seminary of the West and serves as the chair of the Women’s Studies in Religion academic certificate program at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.