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Trauma and Transformation at Ground Zero: A Pastoral Theology

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From personal interviews with chaplains at the temporary mortuary at Ground Zero and her own experiences as an Episcopal priest, psychotherapist, and chaplain, Storm Swain offers a new model of pastoral care grounded in theology and practice. Reflecting on experiences of suffering faced in ministry, Swain considers what it means to love in these instances and what is involved in ministering in these contexts. Within this model, caregivers can move from a place of trauma to a place of transformation, which enables wholeness and healing for both caregivers and those for whom they care.

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  • Title: Trauma and Transformation at Ground Zero: A Pastoral Theology
  • Author: Storm Swain
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2011
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Pastoral theology; Trinity; Suffering › Religious aspects--Christianity; September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 › Religious aspects--Christianity; Psychic trauma › Religious aspects--Christianity; Church work with disaster victims
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T06:23:19Z

Dr. Swain completed a PhD in the Psychiatry and Religion program at Union Theological Seminary in New York, with her dissertation topic “Trinity, Trauma and Transformation: A Trinitarian Pastoral Theology reflected in the experience of the Chaplains at the 9/11 Temporary Mortuary at Ground Zero†under Dr. Ann Ulanov. She holds a Bachelor of Theology from the University of Otago, New Zealand, having attended Knox Theological Hall majoring in Christian Thought and History. After graduation from Otago University, Dr. Swain served as Chaplain to Mental Health Services and later also as a CPE supervisor in Dunedin, New Zealand. She was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1995 in the Diocese of Dunedin of the Anglican Church of Aoearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. Her STM thesis CAIRA: A Model of Professional Formation for the Supervision of Pastoral Ministry, became the theoretical component of the CAIRA(NZ) Supervisors Training Course in NZ. Dr. Swain’s psychoanalytic residency was served at the Blanton Peale Counseling Center, NY. Her psychoanalytic integrative paper was titled “My God, my God. Why have your foresaken me? Psychic self-murder as a response to trauma.” She served as a Chaplain for the American Red Cross in 2001, and thereafter with Disaster Chaplaincy Services, NY on their Leadership Team and now as part of their CISM team. the contribution of


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