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Healing Emotional Affective Response to Trauma (HEART) A Faith-Based Model for working with Traumatized Client

  • 01 Feb 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Online (GoToWebinar)
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This workshop will present a Faith-Based Model For working with Trauma and Victims of Early Childhood Sexual Abuse, Rape, Domestic Violence, and deep Hurt. Healing Emotional Affective Responses to Trauma (HEART) is partially based on the work of David Seamands (1985) in his book Healing of the Memories. This model expands to include Gestalt Interventions (Jones and Butman, 1991) and Family Systems Theory (Ibid). At the core of many Healing Models from a Spiritual perspective is the concept of Forgiveness (Worthington, 1998) however the thrust is often forgiveness of others. This model has at its core a methodology of self-forgiveness (Bass and Davis,1988) and a way to resolve resentments toward a Higher Power or God in order to receive Healing. A comprehensive discussion of the trauma Continuum as posited originally by Braun (1988), and expanded by others (Ross,1989; Krakauer, 2001) and how this model can be effective with Dissociative Disorders, PTSD, Borderline Personality. Case Histories will be discussed to emphasize aspects of the model. The Bible, Koran, and various Eastern writings say that the Kingdom of God lies within the heart. It is this aspect of HEART that will be explored.

CE Broker Tracking #: 20-795982

This is an event sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  FMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

Learning Objectives:

1. To Integrate a Faith-Based Trauma model with Standard Practices of Care and to implement the techniques used in practice settings.

2. Participants will have the opportunity to practice the model itself and through demonstration learn to appropriate the techniques for clinical use.

3. To Learn a progressive system for use with Dissociative Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder , and other mental health diagnosis along the Dissociative Continuum.

About the Presenter:

Dr Benjamin Keyes’ specialties include dissociative disorders, domestic violence, child abuse, addictions, and mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Keyes received his Doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1985 from International College and his most recent in Counseling Psychology from the University of Sarasota in 2003. He also has Doctoral Degrees in Theology, Divinity and Ministry. Over the years Dr. Keyes has worked extensively with hospitalization programs, private practice, and has established himself as one of the leading program innovators for partial hospitalization programs. Dr Keyes has been in Private Practice for over thirty five years and has been a researcher in the area of Trauma and Dissociation for the last 22 years. Dr Keyes and his colleagues have received the Richard A. Kluft Research Award for work and research in the People’s Republic of China from the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. His work dispelled the Cultural Model of Dissociation and has resulted in Dissociative Disorders being treated throughout mental health facilities in China. Dr Keyes has also recently received The Hope Award from Restoration Ministries for his work in establishing a trauma model for working with Trafficked Survivors and severe trauma. Over the last three years, Dr. Keyes has been a Professor and Director for the Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies at Divine Mercy University in Sterling, Virginia. As head of the Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies, Dr Keyes supervised the developing and training of graduate students in First Response and Chronic Trauma. Dr Keyes also serves the University as Director of Training and Internship with their new Masters program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The Center’s Trauma Team that will deploy all over the world working with traumatic events. The Trauma Team plans to deploy to Developing Nations over the next few years to teach and work with trauma survivors; the Team also plans to train and do research with the HEART(Healing Emotional/Affective Responses to Trauma) Model (Keyes, 2009,2010,2011) in treating trauma from a Faith-Based Model. The HEART Model has just wrapped a 7 year study researched for efficacy in Shelter Programs throughout the United States associated with Hope for Justice aimed at survivors of Human Trafficking. Dr Keyes is also the Executive Director of The Green Cross Academy for Traumatology which trains professionals and paraprofessionals in all aspects of Trauma and Trauma care of others, which leads to Certification in both Field and Clinical Traumatology. He is happily married to Kim, has two adult children Shawn and Jasmin, and three beautiful granddaughters Violet, Amber and Arella and a Grandson, Xander.

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