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New Fall Section:
October 31, 2014

CE Hours = 6
CEUs = 0.6

CE Fee:

Registration Price:
Professionals = S99
Regent = $85

Location: Regent University Classroom Building, Room 227


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CPC343 - Treating Traumatized Children and Adolescents

treating traumatized children - lauging kids on a picnic table with counselor

October 31, 2014

This workshop will address reactions of children and adolescents in times of trauma. Particular attention will be given to Post Trauma Stress reactions and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Read more below.

Certificate Available | 6 CEs | 0.6 CEUs

Workshop Description:

This workshop will address reactions of children and adolescents in times of trauma. Particular attention will be given to Post Trauma Stress reactions and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Etiology and childhood antecedents will be discussed as precursors to reaction and discussion of resiliency factors will be explored. Intervention strategies will be demonstrated and practiced. It is an existing business, or who wants to change the focus of a company.

This Program Includes These Topics:

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Risk & Resiliency Factors
  • Trauma Resolution
  • Attachment Trauma and the Traumatized Child
  • Tools Children Use to Diminish Traumatic Anxiety
  • Responses of Traumatized Children
  • Assessing Attachment Trauma
  • Treatment of Traumatized Children
  • Development of Traumatized Children

Who Should Attend:

Students in Mental Health disciplines, Psychologists, Counselors, Nurses, Teachers, Social Workers, Pastoral Counselors, First Response Professions (Fire, Police, EMTs)


Educational Objectives:

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Participants will be able to identify the primary symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Participants will understand and be able to apply traumatic differences in reaction to trauma between adults and children/adolescents.
  • Participants will learn and identify risk factor in developing PTSD in children/adolescents exposed to trauma.
  • Participants will be able to understand, apply and use in there practices resiliency factors for recovery in children and adolescents exposed to trauma.
  • Participants will learn and practice intervention strategies in working with children and adolescents exposed to trauma.
  • Practice in dyads and triads a modified sand tray technique for use in Narrative Therapy.

Learning Objectives:

The benefits of this workshop include:

  1. An increase in understanding of diagnostics in identifying PTSD in children and adolescents.
  2. Differences in reactions between adults and children will be examined.
  3. The intervention techniques can be used in private practice and agency work with youth.
  4. Participants will increase their abilities to work with existing clients affected by trauma.


CE Hours Available = 6
CEUs = 0.6
CE Price Total = $60

Registration Price for Workshop:

Professional = $99

Student, Regent Alumni, SPC Alumni, SPC Site Supervisors, Regent Faculty and Staff
(ID Required at Workshop) = $85

Regent University Classroom Building, Room 227

Program Schedule:

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Introduction

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Lecture

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Lecture

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Lecture and demonstration

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Break

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Practice, Lecture & Conclusion

Relevant References:

  1. Becker, J.V. Offenders: Characteristics and treatment. The Future of Children: Sexual Abuse of Children 4(2), 176-197.
  2. Briere, J.N. (1992). Child Abuse Trauma: Theory and Treatment of the Lasting Effect. Interpersonal Violence and the Practice Series. Newbery Park, CA: Sage Publications.
  3. Cole, P.M. & Putnam, F.W. (1992). Effect of incest on self and social functioning: A developmental psychopathology perspective. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 60(2), 174-184.
  4. Courtois, C.A. (1993). Adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Milwaukee, WI: Families International Inc.

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.

Merrill Reese, Ph.D.

Dr. Merrill Reese completed his Ph. D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and his M.A. in Community Counseling at Regent University. Additionally, he completed his B.S. in Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Regent University has provided many different educational and professional opportunities for Dr. Reese, including enhancement of clinical skills as a counselor, graduate education, development of academic instructional skills and opportunities to teach both here and abroad. His educational and teaching experience at Regent has opened him to many new perspectives and horizons as well.

He views counseling much like education in that both the counselee and the student need a place of safety in which they are free to explore the deeper questions of life. The exploration of that which is deep will often create a space between the participants. As painful as that space can be, it is often that pain that is the motivating factor that drives one towards the change or the answers to the questions that they seek. The creation of a sacred space for the participant to do their work thus becomes the task of the counselor and or educator. As a counselor/educator, it is his sincere desire to help create a sacred space for the exploration of the deeper issues and questions of life. As a fellow seeker he also joins with those who question and seek the answers to the ultimate questions and meanings of life.

In his limited spare time he enjoys photography, travel, short term mission trips and playing drums and other various assorted percussion instruments.