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Religion, Spirituality and Trauma

1. While “religion” refers to an organized faith tradition with accepted theology, practices, and structure, “spirituality” refers to an individual’s sense of connection with the wholeness of the universe.

A. True

B. False

Why is this Subject Important?

2. Although there is a long tradition of using religious and spiritual practices in recovery, many people have been traumatized by religion, and religious communities have sometimes been damaging to people in recovery.

A. True

B. False

Raising the Issue

3. When talking about religious or spiritual beliefs and experiences, it is important to remember each of the following EXCEPT:

A. People who have experienced trauma deserve to have every potential resource for healing made available to them, including considering the spiritual component of their life

B. Many people are uncomfortable with this topic, partly because very few people other than religious leaders receive training in how to talk about religion

C. Peers should guide trauma survivors to focus on spiritual beliefs that are “rational” or “true”

D. Peer supporters need to accept the person’s belief system as valid for them and be open to the different ways in which people explain their own suffering

4. Atheists and others who do not believe in God or a higher power are generally detrimental to peer support groups who are exploring spirituality, and therefore should be discouraged from reflecting their own philosophy of life.

A. True

B. False

Spiritual Tools, Practices, and Resources

5. For many people, reading sacred texts as a source of ancient wisdom is a fundamental practice, and for others connection with the divine can be felt most strongly by:

A. Interaction with others

B. Confessing to a higher power

C. Making restitution for past wrongs

D. Connecting with nature

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