Intercultural Studies Lecture Series

ISLS spring 2015

The Intercultural Studies Lecture Series is a free event offered in the fall and spring featuring a guest lecturer who addresses topics relevant to intercultural issues from a biblical, theological, and psychological perspective.  The purpose of this series is to provide a forum where students, faculty and friends of GRTS can engage in an open dialogue about the connection between Christian worldview and issues of diversity.  The guest lecturers combine recent scholarship and personal ministry experience to help people become more informed and aware of a variety of intercultural issues.  Each of these evening events, from 7:00-9:00pm, involves a lecture followed by Q & A, and concludes with a dessert buffet to provide a time of fellowship.

Radical Collaboration: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Crisis Intervention

March 19, 2015

This lecture will introduce the concept of radical collaboration in response to trauma and crisis intervention. Radical collaboration involves cross-disciplinary cooperation and communication among care providers. It may be used to assess and respond to biopsychosocial-spiritual needs before, during, and after a traumatic event. The goal of radical collaboration is to harmonize support, enhance resilience, promote safety, and reduce retraumatization. The lecture will conclude with a discussion on crisis intervention when suicidal or homicidal risk is involved.

Matthew Carlson

Matthew Carlson will serve as the guest lecturer. Matthew Carlson received his MA in Counseling from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and is a PhD candidate in Advanced Human Behavior at Capella University.   Formerly a firefighter, Matthew now serves as clinical supervisor of a crisis intervention program in southern Colorado, where he is responsible for overseeing emergency evaluations, crisis psychotherapy, a crisis “living room,” law enforcement employee assistance, critical incident stress debriefing, and hostage/barricaded negotiations. Beginning this fall, he will teach an online course in trauma through GRTS. A Christian, husband, and father of four, Matthew enjoys mountaineering, camping, fishing, and participating in off-road triathlons.

Upcoming Events

Fall 2015: The Cultural Context of the Biblical Text - Dr. Jonathan and Jennifer Greer

Spring 2016: Women of the Bible - Carolyn Custis James