February 25, 2019


Nuzzolese faculty lecture redefines the ‘trauma zone’


Methodist Theological School in Ohio Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling Francesca Nuzzolese will reflect on her clinical and educational work with victims of trauma in a faculty lecture at 7 p.m. March 26. She will deliver “Redefining the Trauma Zone: A Psycho-Spiritual Assessment of the State of the World” in the Alford Centrum on the MTSO campus, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware. The lecture, presented by the Theological Commons at MTSO, is free and open to the public.

Nuzzolese’s talk will redefine the clinical concept of a trauma zone, drawing on her experiences in domestic and international settings, including her most recent work with trauma victims in Nepal.

“Trauma zone” refers to the emotional space (a moment, a memory or a sensation) that reactivates the traumatic experience. Individuals who have experienced trauma can be triggered into the trauma zone suddenly and unexpectedly and find themselves reacting to life as if they were experiencing the traumatic event again and again. When trapped in the trauma zone, healing and post-traumatic growth are hardly possible.

Drawing from clinical insights, pastoral experience and theological reflection, Nuzzolese redefines the trauma zone as the new relational space that communities and entire countries inhabit in this particular historical moment, due to socio-political, economic and ecological trauma affecting our collective humanity.

An MTSO faculty member since 2017, Nuzzolese holds a Doctor of Theology degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia; a Master of Theology from Melbourne College of Divinity in Australia; and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Baptist International Seminary in Ruschlikon, Switzerland. She is the author of the book Just Care: Pastoral Counseling with Socioeconomically Vulnerable Women, and she wrote and produced LIFELINE, a play about human trafficking and the long road to healing.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just, sustainable and generative world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling, social justice, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.


Danny Russell, communications director
drussell@mtso.edu, 740-362-3322