Trauma Counseling Service Sector Overview

The resettlement arrangements for refugees from the North provided by the government and NGOs in South Korea are generous and comprehensive but do not include courses relating to emotional care and trauma.  A majority of the refugees have experienced acute trauma. In addition, when North Korea opens, there will be extensive need for trauma healing for a nation filled with all ranges of horrific abuse and trauma.

To address the current needs of trauma victims today, and lay the foundation for future work in North Korea, SS5 is providing experiential training programs to help children and adults address and recover from acute trauma, identify and understand personal purpose and gifting, and embrace forgiveness in order to move forward.

The resettlement arrangements for refugees/returners/defectors from the North provided by the government and NGOs in South Korea are generous and comprehensive but do not include courses relating to emotional care and trauma.  Many of the refugees are said to have experienced real challenges in adjusting to their very changed environment, including acute trauma. In addition, when North Korea opens, there will be an extensive need for healing for a nation filled with horrific abuse and trauma.

To address  both the current needs of the refugees today, and also to  lay the foundation for future work in North Korea, SS5 is providing experiential training programs to help both children and adults address and recover from acute trauma, identify and understand personal purpose and gifting, and embrace forgiveness in order to move forward.

  • OperationSAFE Training – Trainers direct the OperationSAFE Psychological first-aid program for refugee children from North Korea so that they can recover from acute trauma, connect with local support networks and mental health, protection, and special needs support.
  • corePurpose  Training – over 100  trainers have been trained to provide the  corePurpose teaching  to refugees from North Korea so they can understand and embrace their unique, God-given purpose and gifting and grow in self-worth and dignity with a fresh view of the hope in their future, instead of maintaining a focus of living in the past. The training  also motivates them to pursue application of their personal purpose and gifts to benefit their community.
  • corePurpose2.0  Training – almost 50  trainers have been trained to teach corePurpose2.0, for challenges such as how cultural identity impacts decisions and how vulnerability to influences can sabotage their purpose, quality of life, relationships, education, and career. corePurpose2.0 also addresses how unforgiveness impairs refugees’ ability to be free within context of self, family, vocation, and community. When the trainers/students have completed this course, they will be empowered to view trauma in terms of harvesting the gains of treasures, instead of viewing trauma as loss.  Armed with a completed model outlining their purpose and how they will apply this, students will be released to engage in community life.
  • Persecuted Families Fund – The fund provides persecuted families with much needed financial support during desperate times of persecution, family loss, and relocation.

Future Plans for the Trauma and Counseling Service Sector

  1. A working group of corePurpose trainers is to meet on a monthly basis from January 2020 for mutual support, planning and teaching.  
  2. Identify further opportunities to reach NK refugees.
  3. Plan to create  teams in all 14 NK provinces to conduct training on Trauma counseling once NK opens.