Trauma Training: Using the HEART (Healing Emotional/Affective Responses to Trauma) Model - A Christian Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma

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Date: May 16 & 17, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Regent University's Classroom Building, Room 228
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CEs Available = 12
CE Price Total = $120

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Presentation Description:

This workshop is designed to educate students on the HEART model as well as to teach each student how to work through the HEART model step by step with a survivor of sexual trauma.

Target Audience:

Graduate Students in Mental Health Field, Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, First Response Personnel, Marriage and Family counselors, Pastors, Teachers, Nurses



Workshop Objectives:

Workshop participants will learn and be able to apply the use of the HEART model with the appropriate clients. Workshop participants will be able to know the step by step process in executing the HEART model. Workshop participants will identify those in which the HEART model is appropriate for. Participants will be able to apply and develop healing strategies for survivors of sexual trauma. Workshop participates will be able to articulate and practically apply strategies and techniques related to sexual abuse.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize basic concepts of sexual trauma.
  2. Participate in Role Play activities that demonstrate practical application of sexual trauma techniques.
  3. Recognize differences in types of sexual trauma.
  4. Create healing strategies for surviving sexual trauma.
  5. Apply techniques to client situations regarding sexual trauma.

Relevant References:

  1. Keyes, B.B. (In Press). Healing Emotional Affective Response to Trauma (HEART), A Monotheistic Spiritual Model for working with Traumatized Clients. In: Leuthje, K. (Ed.) Healing With Art and Soul.  Cambridge Scholars Press.
  2. Bass, E. & Davis, L. (1988). The courage to heal: A guide for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse. New York, NY: Harper & Row.
  3. Pendergraft, M. (1995). Victims of memory: Incest accusations and shattered lives. Heinsberg, VT: Upper Access, Inc
  4. Peterson, L. & Melcher, R. (1981). To change, be yourself: An illustration of paradox in therapy. Personnel & Guidance, 60(2), 101-103.
  5. Ross, C. A. (2000). The trauma model- A solution to the problem of co-morbidity in psychiatry. Richardson, TX: Manitou Communications Inc.
  6. Seamands, D. A. (1985). Healing of memories. Wheaton, Illinois: Victor Books.
  7. Worthington, E. L. (1998). Dimensions of forgiveness- Psychological research & theological perspectives. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Templeton Foundation Press.


8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Introduction: Why develop the HEART model?

9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Clinical Applications of the HEART part 1

11:45 a.m. - Lunch (on your own)

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - HEART part 1: Review and practice labs

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Clinical Applications of the HEART part 2 (Dr. Keyes)

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Review of Friday's material

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - HEART part 2: Review and practice labs

11:45 a.m. - Lunch (on your own)

1:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. - Clinical Applications of the HEART part 3 (Dr. Keyes)

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - HEART part 3: Review and practice labs


Benjamin Keyes, Ph.D., Ed.D.Dr. Ben Keyes

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.

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Professional and Continuing Education Hours and CE Certificates:

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 and for psychologists.

When Professional and Continuing Education hours are purchased, Professional and Continuing Education certficates of completion will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop. No partial credits are given.

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.

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.


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Contact Information

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