Trauma Training: Psychological First Aid
Date and Location:
Date: January 26, 2013
Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: Regent University Classroom Building, Room 228
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Open to the Public with Registration
This workshop introduces attendees to the concept of psychological first aid while teaching how to ethically and effectively deliver this approach to clients. Additionally, the workshop is designed to teach how to enhance the safety and comfort of those in a crisis situation, while offering training on how to stabilize survivors. Helpful information on how to gather information from traumatized individuals, provide practical assistance to those members, and establish connections with social supports is also provided.
Psychologists, community counselors, school counselors, university faculty, social workers, school administrators, and teachers, and students
The workshop brings benefit to the community by increasing awareness and competence of clinicians who are wither seeing clients who are survivors of traumas or are on deployment to another suffering country or region. The field and profession is enhanced by exploring how to better serve survivors of traumatic situations.
After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Offer practical assistance to children and adolescents.
- Identify the most immediate needs of their clients.
- Clarify needs, discuss an action plan, and act to address the need.
- Enhance access to primary support persons (family and significant others).
- Encourage use of immediately available support persons.
- Discuss support-seeking and giving with survivors.
- Be aware of special considerations for children and adolescent survivors.
- Model support for survivors.
- Relay basic information about stress reactions.
- Relay common psychological reactions to traumatic experiences and losses.
- Talk with children about body and emotional reactions.
- Provide basic information on ways of coping to survivors.
- Teach simple relaxation techniques to survivors.
- Help families cope.
- Assist with developmental issues.
- Assist with anger management.
- Address highly negative emotions.
- Help survivors with sleep problems.
- Provide direct links to additional services.
- Make referrals for children, adolescents, and adults.
- Promote continuity in helping relationships.
- National Center for PTSD. (2006). Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide (2nd Edition).
- Ruzek , J.I., Brymer, M.J., Jacobs, A.K., Layne, C.M., Vernber, E.M., Watson, P.J. (2007). Psychological First Aid. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, (29), 7, pg. 17-49.
8:00 AM - Registration
8:30 AM - Introduction and Overview - Part 1
9:15 AM - Safety and Comfort - Part 2
10:30 AM - Break
10:45 AM - Stabilization - Part 3
11:30 AM - Lunch (on your own)
12:30 PM -Information Gathering - Part 4
2:30 PM - Practical Assistance - Part 5
3:30 PM - Break
3:45 PM - Connections with Social Supports (plus Coping and Collaborative Services) - Part 6
5:00 PM - Adjourn
Benjamin Keyes, Ph.D., Ed.D.
Dr. Benjamin B. Keyes, born in Virginia, grew up in a typical Jewish family and, since his youth, was consecrated to God and the search for a deeper relationship with Him. Such motivation was attained through honest questioning and fearless exploration as instructed by a Rabbi from Hebrew School. He also greatly values education and learning and since finishing a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of South Florida in 1978, he has attained 5 doctorates. He completed in first doctoral program in Theology in 1985 after sitting on his dissertation for five years. Dr. Keyes then went on to complete a specialization in Theology, three more Doctorates (Theology, Ministry, and Counseling Psychology), and received an Honorary Doctorate in Divinity (DD). For Dr. Keyes education has been a wonderful way to expand horizons and foster understanding. Additionally, he has had an extensive career in a wide variety of venues including the classroom. Moreover, he has worked in the field of counseling and ministry, coming up through the ranks of government and private agencies, hospitals, residential treatment centers, partial hospitalization programs, churches, training facilities, and private practice.
In the last few years, research has captured his attention with most of the focus targeted at Dissociative Identity Disorder and both Christian and secular applications to healing. He assisted in developing the Center for Trauma Studies here at Regent with one of the programs aimed at training graduate students to be first-responders in situations of natural disasters and/or man-made disasters. Because of his belief that Jesus Christ is very alive in third world nations and his understanding of the need for workers equipped with His heart, alliances have been formed with Global Aid Network, Operation Blessing, and the American Green Cross to train and certify students with skills they will take into their respective careers. He hopes to continue to develop the Center for Trauma Studies and to do what he can to fulfill the university's ultimate goal of equipping Christian leaders to change the world.
1998 – Certified Traumatologist – American Green Cross
1997 – Certified Training EMDR – Level 1
2003 – EMDR Level 2 Training and Certification Completed
2006 – LPC – Licensed Professional Counselor—Virginia # 0701004020
2007 – Approved Supervisor LPC Virginia
Keyes, B.B. (October, 2008). Compassion Fatigue Educator Certification Course. Presented at Regent University for the American Green Cross in cooperation with the Figley Institute (Tallahassee, FL). Virginia Beach, Virginia. October 25 th , 2008.
Keyes, B.B. (November, 2008). Treating Traumatized Families ( and Military Families) Course. Partial Prerequisite for the Certification in Traumatology. Presented at Regent University for the American Green Cross in cooperation with the Figley Institute (Tallahassee, FL). Virginia Beach, Virginia .November 1 st , 2008.
Keyes, B.B. (November, 2008). Disaster Trauma Certification Course. Field Traumatology Certification Course and Partial Prerequisite for the Certification in Traumatology. Presented at Regent University for the American Green Cross in cooperation with the Figley Institute (Tallahassee, FL). Virginia Beach, Virginia. November 19 th 20th , 2008.
Keyes, B.B. (December, 2008). Introduction to Domestic and International Trauma. Regent University; Virginia Beach, Virginia. December 5 th , 2008.
Keyes, B.B. (December, 2008). Assessment and Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Certification Course. Field Traumatology Certification Course and Partial Prerequisite for the Certification in Traumatology. Presented at Regent University for the American Green Cross in cooperation with the Figley Institute (Tallahassee, FL). Regent University; Virginia Beach, Virginia. December 6 th , 2008.
Keyes, B.B. (February, 2009). Treating Phobia and Anxiety in Trauma (EMDR); Certification Course. Field Traumatology Certification Course and Partial Prerequisite f or the Certification in Traumatology. Presented at Regent University for the American Green Cross in cooperation with the Figley Institute (Tallahassee, FL). Regent University; Virginia Beach, Virginia. February 13 th and 14 th , 2009.
Keyes, B.B. (March, 2009). Treating Sexual Trauma. Presented at Regent University. Regent University; Virginia Beach, Virginia. March 13 th and 14 th , 2009.
Keyes, B.B., (In Press). Healing Emotional Affective Response to Trauma (HEART), A Monotheistic Spiritual Model for working with Traumatized Clients. In: Healing With Art and Soul, Edited by K. Leuthje. Cambridge Scholars Press.
Keyes, B.B. (October, 2007). Mental Health Responses to Trauma as a Vehicle of Nonviolence and Peace in the World Community. Presented at The University of the District of Columbia for the Earth Charter Summit 2007, Washington D.C.
Keyes, B.B. (November, 2007). Healing Emotional Affective Responses to Trauma (HEART), AChristian Model for working with Dissociative Disorders. Presented at the Christian Association for Psychological StudiesEastern Regional Conference 2007. Chambersburg, PA.
Keyes, B.B. (July 2008). Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Applications of the HEART Model of Treating Trauma. Presented at the Norfolk Naval Base, Chaplains Conference; Norfolk Virginia.
Keyes, B.B. (October, 2007). Understanding the Effects of Trauma with Victims of Human Trafficking. Plenary PresentationOn the Streets, Defining the role of the Faith Community in How to Equip the Church Body to Minister to Sex Trafficking Survivors. Restoration Ministries Conference on Human Trafficking. Alexandria VA.
Keyes, B.B. ( April, 2008 ). Trauma in Human Trafficking. Presented at the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology 2008 Annual Conference in conjunction with the GovSec, U.S. Law and Ready Conference and Exposition 2008. Washington D.C.
Keyes, B.B. (July, 2008). The Trauma of Sexual Abuse Applications and Treatment. Presented at The Diocese of Mundri Conference on Trauma Training, Mundri County, Southern Sudan in association with Global Aid Network and International Aid Services. Southern Sudan.
Keyes, B.B. (July, 2008). Communication Skills in Trauma Application . Presented at The Diocese of Mundri Conference on Trauma Training, Mundri County, Southern Sudan in association with Global Aid Network and International Aid Services. Southern Sudan.
Program Director/Professor—Regent University (8/06-Current): Specialties in Trauma, Supervision of Regent University’s First Response Trauma Team.
Clinical Consultant and Psychotherapist—Private Practice (1/83-Current): individual and group
therapy with adults, adolescents, and children with counseling specialties in Dissociative Disorders, Addictions, adolescents, trauma, Christian Counseling, Inner Healing, and Severe psychopathology.
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