With the rapid increase in both man-made and natural disasters, Regent University's Center for Trauma Studies sees the vital need for counseling, psychology and psychiatric programs to embrace a more formalized curriculum for training professionals to serve the needs of individuals both in the United States and abroad. Jesus recognized this need when he said, "Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
Our hope is that by arming individuals with these skills, and providing participants with national and international opportunities to apply what they have learned, we can fulfill the mission of Regent University, to train Christian leaders to change the world.
Examples of the significant need for direct mental health services following crises
- Death tolls from Sichuan earthquake in China May 12, 2008 exceed 69,190 with over 18,000 people still unaccounted for and 374,176 injured (Tam, 2008; Yunlong, 2008).
- Typhoon Nargis ravaged Myanmar May 2, 2008 leaving 84,537 people dead, 53,836 missing and 2.4 million seriously affected (Heilprin, 2008).
- April 16, 2007, during the deadliest college mass murder in American history, Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus before turning a gun on himself and taking his own life (Bender, 2007).
- Hurricane Katrina August 28, 2005, left at least 1,300 people dead (Associated Press, 2006) and displaced upwards of 1 million people throughout the nation (Sullivan, 2008). It is estimated that 500 people are still utilizing temporary FEMA trailers today (Alpert, 2008, Sullivan, 2008).