Trauma-Informed Andragogy

Because trauma is pervasively experienced and because trauma affects the brain, graduate theological educators need to establish trauma-informed and hope-infused andragogies* based on the core principles of trauma-informed care. I am presently researching and developing resources for faculty and students who desire to make their classrooms trauma-informed. For my published article on this topic, please see “Beyond Trigger Warnings: Toward a Trauma-Informed Andragogy for the Graduate Theological Classroom,” Review & Expositor 117, no. 2 (May 2020): 243–56. doi:10.1177/0034637320926447.

Types of Trauma

Understanding the different kinds of trauma and its pervasiveness is an important first step for trauma-informed and hope-infused classrooms.


How the brain responds to trauma can have long-term affects on the brain’s development.

Principles for Teaching

How we might use the five principles of trauma-informed care to inform our approaches to graduate theological education.

*andragogy – theory for adult learning that recognizes adults learn differently than children

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