CPC354 - Sharing Hope in Crisis

Sponsored by Operation Blessing, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team and the Regent University Center for Trauma Studies

Date & Location:

Date: April 5, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Location: CBN Corporate Support Building (CSB) Chapel (located on the second floor) Please bring your registration confirmation with you along with a Photo ID to gain access through the main entrance.
Address: CBN, Corporate Support Building, 977 Centerville Turnpike, Virginia Beach, VA 23463
For directions click here.
Lodging: Lodging Information Below

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A Message from Jody Gettys:

Jody Herrington-Gettys

"With "Crisis" and "Tragedy" reverberating around us throughout the nation and many times next door or even within our own family, there has never been a more urgent time for the Body of Christ to be equipped to respond during these times of crisis with the love of Christ. Operation Blessing and Regent University are teaming up with Billy Graham's Rapid Response Ministry to offer a one-day seminar in Virginia Beach entitled, "Sharing Hope in Crisis. As many of your know I serve as the Vice President of U.S. Disaster Relief and I see people in crisis who are experiencing tragedy in epic proportions on a regular basis. I attended this training several years ago and personally, I think it is one of the most valuable "tools" that I have added to my professional experience. These eight hours could be life-changing for you, your family and friends as you learn the tools, approaches, and techniques to appropriately help people discover hope and experience the love of God during the most difficult times of their lives… Remember "Crisis" is not only large events like natural disasters and school shootings but the crisis of losing a loved one, hearing that someone you know has cancer, a house fire and many more events… Crisis is Crisis and tragedy is devastating no matter how "large" or "small" it may seem – it is DEVASTATING and people need YOU to help them see that there is HOPE and LOVE and there is a loving God who wants to help them walk through their crisis with hope, love and victory over time."

- Jody Gettys, Vice President, U.S. Disaster Relief and Programs, Operation Blessing International


  •  Jeff Naber, Manager, Chaplain Relations & Ministry Development

    Manager of Chaplain Relations and Ministry Development, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team

  •  Jody Gettys, Vice President, U.S. Disaster Relief

    Vice President, U.S. Disaster Relief and Programs, Operation Blessing International

  •  Dr. Benjamin Keyes, M.A. Counseling Director, Regent University

    Being in Virginia, teaching for Regent University is not only an honor and privilege but reunites me with my place of birth. Southern style was to be short-lived however, as my father a restaurant and hotel manager would not return south until my teen years. Moving first to upstate New York and then to Northampton Massachusetts, I grew up in a typical Jewish family until I was 12-years-old. At age 12, my mother passed on from this life due to inoperable cancer and by age 14 my father remarried adding three new siblings to our small family. My younger brother, Seth, adjusted better than I did and by age 17, I was out on my own just before graduation from high school in Williamsburg, Virginia. I had a conversion experience in my senior year after an honest search for answers and identity. I thought at that time that my relationship with God would stabilize my life and give it focus. Instead it has been the centerpiece of an oft-times wild ride through life but always being the stabilizing force leading me to deeper understandings and a deeper walk. When I was eight-years-old in Hebrew School a Rabbi once told me to “question everything” regarding faith and spirituality. “It’s the only way you can truly know what you believe and why”. I have applied this mandate throughout my life, sometimes to the chagrin of those spiritual mentors around me, but always ending up in a richer and deeper walk with God. Actually, wrestling with God is a more accurate assessment in that I often feel connected to Jacob.

    After several false starts in Bible College and junior college, I was able to go straight through my Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of South Florida. Believing I was too dangerous to foist on the public at large, I enrolled in my first Doctoral program for more therapeutic training at the Gestalt Institute in Tampa and completed in 1985 after sitting on my dissertation for five years. I have since gone on to complete a specialization in Theology, three more Doctorates (Theology, Ministry, and Counseling Psychology), and have received an Honorary Doctorate in Divinity (DD). Education has been a wonderful way to expand horizons and foster understanding. I continue to educate myself but no longer search out degrees and credits. I have had an extensive career in a wide variety of venues including the classroom. I 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.

    Teaching and clinical supervision have always been creative outlets for me and a deep source of joy and satisfaction. Working with others to understand the complexities of life and insight to self have been the privilege and honor others have allowed in sharing their journeys with me. In the last few years, research has captured my attention with most of the focus targeted at Dissociative Identity Disorder and both Christian and secular applications to healing. We have started the Center for Trauma Studies here at Regent and one of our programs is to train graduate students to be first-responders in situations of natural disasters and/or man-made disasters – practical skills for the real world. We hope to deploy to Sudan in the summer semester to work with training local leaders in trauma and working with villagers in both Southern Sudan and Darfur. In the summer of 08 I had the privilege to go to Sudan with Global Aid Network and train community and church leaders and was amazed at how powerful the need and response was. Jesus Christ is very alive in third world nations, but the need for workers equipped with His heart and word is so very great. We have formed alliances with Global Aid Network, Operation Blessing, and the American Green Cross to train and certify our students with skills they will take into their respective careers.

    I believe that psychotherapy is an art from. The artist must be equipped with a variety of styles or colors to enable them to be a catalyst for positive change. As Christian therapists, the calling often means providing a way for clients (and sometimes ourselves) to be positively reconciled with God. This comes from a deep place of love and respect for those we work with and those who allow us to share in their walk and journey. My favorite scripture comes from I John 4:8 “. . . for God is Love”. I believe that we are called to learn how to love in all its many aspects and that life itself is the classroom in which to learn the lessons. Being a professor at Regent University has been a long time goal of mine. I am humbled and honored to be a part of a faculty and staff that not only embodies this idea but walks it out daily. The true fire of this staff is to convey spiritual insights and growth to assist others to assist others to do the same. There is nothing more sacred to me than this.

  •  Dan Moore, Director, U.S. Disaster Relief

    Director, U.S. Disaster Relief, Operation Blessing International


Event Registration:

General Registration: $35 (includes materials, training and a boxed lunch.)

Regent University Students: $25 (includes materials, training and a boxed lunch.)

Optional Added Bonus: $20 (includes printable Professional and Continuing Education certificate with 4 CEs - Professional and Continuing Education Hours (CEs) - 50% off regular price - regularly approx. $9.95 per CE!) CEs available for on-site attendees only.) You must attend the event, sign in and sign out to receive your certificate. CEs available for on-site attendees only.

Information on Certificates:

Attendees are eligible for a Professional and Continuing Education Certificate with Professional and Continuing Education Credit Hours when purchased, provided the following is completed. Participants must attend the event in its entirety and sign in and sign out at the event. Certificates can be printed from a computer with Internet access once a participant has completed the event evaluation survey. Certificates are usually available for printing 10 business days after an event. For more information on certificates, please visit the FAQ page.

Payments Accepted:

You may pay by credit/debit card or by eCheck (EFT). (Please review our Returned eCheck policy)

Card Payments Accepted: Master Card, Visa, Discover, & Debits Cards backed by MasterCard, Visa, or Discover

Professional and Continuing Education:

Regent University, School of Psychology and Counseling, is an NBCC-Approved Professional and Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program (Provider #4446). Regent University, School of Psychology of Counseling is also approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Regent University, School of Psychology of Counseling maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This event meets or exceeds the requirements of continuing education for counselors. It does not meet the requirements for psychologists.

Continuing education hours/certificates can be used for a variety of purposes including proof of training received, professional license renewal, employer reimbursement, and proof of attendance. For more information on continuing education hours for licensed psychologists and counselors please visit the CE information page.

Event organizers are partnering with Regent University's School of Psychology and Counseling to offer continuing education credit for this event. Participants can earn CE hours with a CE certificate for participating in this seminar. You must attend the event in its entirity and sign in and sign out on all days to receive your certificate.

Lodging Information:

We understand that some workshop, seminar, and conference participants will be traveling to attend our events.

Please contact the Founders Inn and Spa for a special rate available under Billy Graham's Sharing Hope in Crisis. The Founders Inn and Spa is conveniently located on the CBN/Regent Campus.

You can also make your Founders Inn hotel reservation online by clicking on the link below:

Founders Inn and Spa
5641 Indian River Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Contact: Founders Inn and Spa
phone: 757.366.5700
fax: 757.366.5785

web: www.foundersinn.com

***Other Lodging Options*** - To assist you in locating other lodging information and locations with special rates, please click here.


Operation BlessingBilly Graham Rapid Response TeamRegent University, School of Psychology & Counseling


Contact Information

Web address: http://www.regent.edu/psychology/ce

Local: 757.352.4821
Toll Free: 800.373.5504

Email: spccontinuinged@regent.edu

Director of Professional and Continuing Education
Professional and Continuing Education Program
School of Psychology & Counseling
Regent University
1000 Regent University Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23464