Walking with Wounded Children
Walking with Wounded Children

Walking with Wounded Children

De Doorns 24 April to 6 May 2022

This course is designed to equip children’s workers in handling emotionally wounded children on a very fundamental level. During the course, each participant sees a child 5 times under the supervision of the course facilitators. We strongly believe that the relationship between the helper and the child is key towards healing.

Space is limited. 

Course Info


Lecture-discussion, individual and group study, demonstration, roleplay and learning by doing. Participants have the opportunity to work with children in a guided setting and will be evaluated on these sessions.



  • Runs from 24 April 2022 to 6 May 2022 (registration closes 17 April 2022)

Each training session is designed to meet the needs of the participants, using a selection of the available subjects.

  • Option 1: Weekend training
  • Option 2: 5-day training
  • Option 3: 10-day training


 Course Content

We introduce participants to

  • The Biblical basis of walking with wounded children
  • Understanding and assessing a wounded child
  • Understanding a healing relationship
  • Applying tools for child counselling


Course Objectives

At the end of the training, the participants will be able to:

  • Testify of growth and healing in their personal/spiritual lives
  • Give a Biblical basis for helping traumatised children
  • Explain the effects of traumatic experiences on children
  • Differentiate emotionally wounded children from other children
  • Apply basic practical ways to assess emotionally wounded children
  • Explain the basic principles of the so-called “stop sign model” for helping severely traumatised children
  • Apply the principles of a therapeutic or healing relationship
  • Differentiate between helpful and unhelpful counselling responses
  • Apply the basic skills of empathic listening and “feeling” responses
  • Help develop a child’s understanding of emotions and the meaning thereof
  • Apply the principles of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) to help groups of children in a crisis
  • Explain stages of sexual development and how to educate children in each stage
  • Apply the principle of “listening” to the non-verbal communication of children through play or drawing
  • Apply basic therapeutic tools in helping children, such as play therapy and storytelling
  • Apply the principles of Christian “community/fellowship” in the healing process
  • Bring the child into a healing relationship with God through the sensitive use of scripture, prayer and words of wisdom


Offered in

We have partners all over the world. Training is done wherever our partners are. Please contact us for further information.


Application Requirements

Applicants must currently be involved in children’s ministry and fluent in English. No previous psychological/counselling training is required, but it will be advantageous.

Course fees

Price for 2022

  • R8 500.00 (accommodation, meals and tuition)
  • Space is limited (25 participants max)


Please note:

  • Banking details and student number will be provided as soon as your application has been processed.
  • Student number should be used as payment reference on ALL payments.

2022 Course Registration Closed 

This course has reached the maximum number of participants for 2022!

Please email Christa Booysen or contact her on 084 582 4643 to receive updates on the next one, which will take place in 2023.

Course Testimonial

“The fact that the whole model is compiled against the background of academic information, makes it stand alongside academic education. It’s well-founded, it is based on sound principles, it does not stand back to any academic course – to tell the truth, after these two weeks, I feel that well equipped because I can use what I have learned.”

Jurita Saayman has an honours degree in psychology as well as a master’s degree in Pastoral Care.
She has done counselling at schools, in the church as well as private counselling.



Petra Institute, Private Bag X9906, White River, 1240, South Africa
+27 82 446 2274

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