90 Minute Workshop

HEART Model Revisited: Lessons Learned in Trafficking Research

Sunday, March 25
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Salon 2

Human trafficking for purposes for prostitution occurs on a global scale affecting almost every country in the world. Victims are often from economically challenged backgrounds, are under-employed or unemployed, and have a lack of social and safety networks. Instead of finding promised jobs and opportunities these women and children are forced into abusive conditions, slave-like atmospheres, and life as a sexual object for the well-heeled, the sex industry, pornography, and prostitution. The HEART Model is based on the structural model of dissociation utilizing a Christian overlay to deal with co-morbidity issues across diagnostic categories in working with trauma survivors. Mental health diagnostic categories that arise from trafficked victims include but are not limited to post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline disorder, and all of the dissociative disorders. This workshop will focus on treating this dissociative spectrum along with the inherent complications of complex trauma survivors. The HEART Model has at its core a methodology of self-forgiveness as a way to resolve resentments, spiritual, and cognitive distortions. This workshop will focus on the treatment needs of trafficked women and children. Recent Research testing the model in Treatment Centers for women survivors of Human Trafficking will be discussed and explored.


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Benjamin B. Keyes

Director Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies
Divine Mercy University
Alexandria, Virginia

Currently, Dr. Keyes is an Assoc. Professor/ Director of Training and Internship and Director of the Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies at Divine Mercy University in Arlington, VA.As head of the Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies, Dr. Keyes supervises the developing and training of graduate students in First Response and Chronic Trauma. 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. 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 2004. He also has Doctoral Degrees in Theology, Divinity, and Ministry. Dr. Keyes has been in Private Practice for over thirty-eight years and has been a researcher in the area of Trauma and Dissociation for the last twenty-five 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 Dr. Keyes has also received The Hope Award from Restoration Ministries for his work in establishing a trauma model (HEART) for working with Trafficked Survivors and severe trauma.


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