The National Institute for PTSD recently reported that more than 60% of all people will be exposed to a traumatic event at some point in their lives. Those undergoing a traumatic event often experience a range of expected trauma reactions that impact not only their lives but those around them, including family, friends, co-workers, the church, and the community. Knowing how to respond is essential. This one-day conference is designed for professional counselors, ministers, chaplains, and support ministry staff. Various trauma experts will address a wide array of issues that will give those attending insight into the world of trauma as well as tools for helping trauma survivors heal.
Price for CEUs: $149.00
|9:00am—9:15am||Welcome||Scott Floyd & Shannon Wolf|
Experiencing Grief and Trauma as Counselor, Minister, Parent, and Spouse
As a community of caring professionals we want to be prepared to respond to people experiencing grief and trauma. We read books, study various approaches and consult with colleagues regarding best practices. However, regardless of how educationally prepared we may be, the personal experience of grief and trauma is often the best teacher as we must learn to manage our grief and find meaning in our own personal suffering. This session will weave together the principles of grief with the personal experiences and life lessons that came from my own grief and suffering.
|10:30am—11:30am||Breakout Session #1|
Counselors, chaplains, and ministers often care for individuals in the aftermath of a traumatic event. Indeed, the symptoms following these events frequently disrupt every aspect of the person’s life and typically lead to difficulties in daily functioning and at times, even suicidal ideation and behaviors. All too often these traumatic events are prolonged or repetitive, leaving the victim deeply wounded while producing symptoms that are complex to treat. This workshop is designed to give foundational knowledge and vital skills for effectively treating individuals who suffer from traumatic reactions - including complex trauma. Topics will include a discussion of the nature of trauma, the impact of trauma on the brain, and the spiritual implications of trauma.
Counselors, chaplains, and ministers all encounter individuals in the midst of traumatic events, or in the next few hours that follow. How trauma care starts often sets a trajectory for ongoing work with traumatized individuals. Thus, what a caregiver says and does in those first few hours or days can be crucial to the overall process of trauma recovery. What are the kinds of goals that caregivers are working toward when they provide trauma care? And, to be effective in their work, what are kinds of things that caregivers should and should not do when working with newly traumatized individuals?
This presentation will define resilience and identify five key protective factors that promote resilience. A hands-on assessment tool will be provided that will help counselors identify their client’s strengths. A demonstration of how to operationalize and utilize protective factors to buffer the impact of difficult circumstances will also be provided.
|12:30pm—1:30pm||Breakout Session #2|
Using the story of the Woman at the Well found in John 4, participants will consider the characteristics and differences between grief and complex trauma. This workshop includes an application component to the information.
Domestic violence in the community and the church has received greater attention in the media yet victims still face several challenges getting help. This presentation will explore those challenges, especially in the church. Furthermore, therapeutic concerns, suggestions and resources to aid victims will be presented.
|Lili Erika Zuno|
Unfortunately, the church in not immune to trauma or tragedy. We can plan and talk but when trauma or tragedy strikes, having a plan for helping people put back the pieces is priceless. In the aftermath of the shooting at Wedgwood Baptist Church, God graced us and me personally over that last 23 years with some amazing ideas that helped us heal. My hope is to provide some ideas to help churches heal after a trauma or tragedy.
|1:45pm—2:45pm||Breakout Session #3|
When thinking of trauma, we often envision the tragic effects of war on soldiers or abuse on children. What often goes unnoticed is the trauma that can occur in intimate relationships due to the painful wound of betrayal. As creatures hardwired by God to connect, we can experience post-traumatic stress when an intimate partner betrays our sacred trust. Research shows that intimate betrayal has the same impact on the brain as other types of trauma. Therefore, helpers working with couples experiencing the fallout of infidelity need to be well-versed in relational trauma so as not to inflict greater harm. In this breakout session, we will address intimate betrayals from a trauma perspective. First, we will learn how trauma impacts the betrayed partner both physically and spiritually. Second, we will discuss how this trauma manifests between the two hurting partners. We will identify trauma responses and triggers and learn ways to help couples move through these intense and painful moments. Finally, we will look at ways the couple can begin to rebuild trust with the hopes of constructing a more intimate and stronger marriage.
Currently, trafficking of persons is at epidemic proportions. While it is difficult to know exactly how many people are currently being trafficked, it is estimated that approximately 27 million individuals worldwide are enslaved.
The effects of trafficking on the victim are numerous and profound. Exposure to chronic victimization increases the risk of physical and psychological difficulties. In fact, routine abuse results in a wide range of expected symptoms from impaired cognitive functioning to attachment disorders.
The Christian community is leading the way in creating awareness of the problem, advocating for the victims and their families, as well as providing a distinctly Christian approach for mental health needs. More advanced training and resources are needed to assist in these efforts. This workshop is designed to help to equip those who Christ has called to care for those victimized by trafficking. A detailed discussion of methods used by traffickers to control their victims and the impact those methods have on victims will be introduced. Also included is a discussion on ways to prevent victimization from occurring.
When Trauma Hits Home: The Impact of Intimate Partner Betrayal When thinking of trauma, we often envision the tragic effects of war on soldiers or abuse on children. What often goes unnoticed is the trauma that can occur in intimate relationships due to the painful wound of betrayal. As creatures hardwired by God to connect, we can experience post-traumatic stress when an intimate partner betrays our sacred trust. Research shows that intimate betrayal has the same impact on the brain as other types of trauma. Therefore, helpers working with couples experiencing the fallout of infidelity need to be well-versed in relational trauma so as not to inflict greater harm. In this breakout session, we will address intimate betrayals from a trauma perspective. First, we will learn how trauma impacts the betrayed partner both physically and spiritually. Second, we will discuss how this trauma manifests between the two hurting partners. We will identify trauma responses and triggers and learn ways to help couples move through these intense and painful moments. Finally, we will look at ways the couple can begin to rebuild trust with the hopes of constructing a more intimate and stronger marriage.
|Greg Davis & Brianna Cartwright|
Some traumatized individuals never seem to recover, and experiences lives of bitterness, anger, and regret. Other individuals seem to grow, even to thrive, following the most extensive of traumatic events. What differentiates those who grow from those who struggle? And what are the kinds of things that a caregiver can do to try to assist a traumatized person toward post traumatic growth?
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Mentanna Campbell, PhD., is a licensed professional counselor in the Burleson, Texas. Although she works with a wide array of clients, Mentanna specializes in couple’s therapy. In addition, she loves teaching and is a part of the adjunct faculty at BH Carroll Seminary and Texas Christian University. She began her career in ministry and holds a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her areas of research include the counselor’s way of being and the resolution of religious and spiritual struggles within the context of counseling.
Greg Davis is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor at Promises in Burleson. He graduated from B.H. Carroll in 2013, but before counseling, he spent 20 years serving in a variety of ministry roles working with children, youth, and adults. Greg transitioned to full-time counseling in 2015 working in forensic mental health at the Tarrant and Johnson County jails. In 2021, Greg got out of jail and was hired at Promises in Burleson. He was worked with a multitude of clients dealing with a wide range of trauma. Greg completed EMDR basic training in February and is excited to discuss how EMDR can be a useful tool in your counseling toolbox.
Since June of 2020, I have been the Lead Pastor at Shady Oaks Baptist Church in Hurst, TX. Prior to that I was the Associate Pastor of Students and Recreation at Wedgwood Baptist Church for 22 years. I received my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Union College in Barbourville, KY, and I received my master’s in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1998. I also completed my Ph.D in Leadership Studies at Dallas Baptist University in 2020 where my dissertation was on violent crisis preparedness for churches. I have been married to an amazing women, Nikki, for over 28 years and we have three beautiful children, Christa, Catie, and Toby. I love the church and I am so appreciative to the Lord for all that He has brought me through personally and throughout my ministry.
Dr. Floyd is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Approved Supervisor) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He leads the counseling ministry of Gambrell Street Baptist Church. In addition to professional memberships in the American Association of Christian Counselors and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, he authored Crisis Counseling: A Guide for Pastors and Professionals (Kregel Academic & Professional).
Scott Floyd earned M.A.M.F.C. and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, TX), with additional study toward the M.Div.B.L. degree. Prior to his 2010 appointment to Carroll Institute, he taught for twenty years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and was Professor of Psychology and Counseling (2008-2010). He also served as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Howard Payne University (1988-90). Dr. Floyd taught courses at the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary, Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, in 1995, 1998, and 2003.
Dr. Floyd and his wife Molly have four children: Arie, Micah, Jilli, and Macy.
Dr. Carroll Marr has served as the Senior Pastor of Southcliff Baptist Church since 1998. He and his wife Tanya came to Southcliff from their hometown of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and have been married for 41 years. They are both very active, love biking and hiking, and are regulars at their gym. Carroll is known for his ability to tell a good story.
Dr. Shelly Melia is the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Ministry at Dallas Baptist University. She served in the local church in children’s and family ministry for over 25 years prior to coming to DBU to lead the Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry and the Master of Arts in Family Ministry. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and serves as a Professor of Childhood Education at DBU. She is the proud mom of three children: Nathan, Lexi, and Braden.
Dr. Lori Ryan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who practices out of Promises Counseling in Burleson, Texas. She also has experience working with women at Safe Haven. Lori has her MA in Christian Counseling from DBU, and her PhD in Psychology and Counseling from BH Carroll. Additionally, Lori teaches adjunctively at BH Carroll and Dallas Baptist University. Lori enjoys working with all age groups. She offers help to those dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, divorce recovery, sexual abuse, and stress. She uses an integration of client-centered therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy, and behavior modification based on the needs and strengths of the individual client. She is EMDR level 1 and level 2 trained from the EMDR Institute. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a mode of therapy that can be very effective in reprocessing and desensitizing traumatic experiences.
Dr. Joshua Stowe has more than two decades of serving individuals and families during times of need. He spent many years serving as a pastor in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas. Currently, Dr. Stowe works as an Onsite EAP Clinical Counselor with Aetna as well as maintaining a private counseling practice at GrowthPoint, LLC in Colleyville, TX. Dr. Stowe received a B.A. in Biblical Languages at Oklahoma Baptist University, a M.Div. in Biblical Studies from Hardin-Simmons University, a D.Min. in Spiritual Formation from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and a M.A. in Counseling from B.H. Carroll Theological Institute. Joshua Stowe credentials included being a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas, a Certified Employee Assistance Professional, and Substance Abuse Professional-Qualified.
Dr. Shannon Wolf is a Licensed Professional Counselor with supervisory status in Texas as well as a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor. She has served as the director of Southcliff Christian Counseling Center since 2003. Shannon has earned a PhD in Psychology and Counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a doctoral minor in Foundations of Education. She has a Masters of Marriage and Family Counseling degree, also from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Shannon works with a wide range of client concerns including various types of trauma, depression, anxiety, marriage and family concerns, among other issues. She adjusts her counseling techniques to fit the unique needs of her clients. Shannon’s approach to helping people is Christ-centered and biblically-based. She continues to research issues concerning trauma and recovery and is currently focusing on child sex trafficking issues.
Shannon and her family are active members of their local church family. They also served as international missionaries in Eastern Europe. Her love for cultures is reflected in her humanitarian work both nationally and abroad.
Brianna Cartwright is a Licensed Professional Counselor who obtained her Master’s Degree from BH Carroll Theological Institute. She currently works as a Clinical Supervisor for Arrow Child & Family Ministry’s Behavioral Health Services Program where she oversees a team of Behavior Support Specialists who provide skills training to children and youth in the community. Additionally, Brianna sees clients at Promises Counseling in Burleson, Texas. She is trained in Brainspotting Level 1 and Level 2 and has earned a Certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology from Portland Community College’s Institute for Health Professionals.
Lili-Erika is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas. She has experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families addressing abuse, depression, anxiety, and trauma. In addition, she has experience assisting women in domestic violence and sexual assault services and individual counseling. She has worked with children, adolescents, and women in various church ministries as well. Her prayer for her clients is that the love of God be their safe place for hope, healing, restoration and thriving.
She is an alumnus of Dallas Baptist University with a B.S. in Biology. She earned her MA in Missiology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and her MA in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. She is currently completing her doctoral program at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute. She is CISM certified and Prepare and Enrich certified.
Furthermore, she served in the Middle East with the International Mission Board as a Journeyman for two years while in seminary. She is a member of her home church, Windsor Park Baptist Church near Dallas. She and her husband, Leonardo, have the joy of raising two beautiful children, Leo and Lili-Anna.
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