Select Page

715 | Self and Spiritual Forgiveness: Understanding the Heart of the HEART Model for Treating Trauma

Clinical Assessment, Research, and Evidence-based Practices, Saturday 9/16 2:15 – 3:30, Workshop Tracks


Benjamin Keyes, Th.D., Ph.D., Ed.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Human trafficking for purposes of prostitution occurs on a global scale, and it affects almost every country in the world. Much of this begins in the family, with fathers, step-fathers, and boyfriends looking to make easy money off their victims. Upon arrival in the promised land, instead of finding the jobs and opportunities they had been led to expect, these victims, mostly women and children, are forced into abusive conditions in a slave-like atmosphere. Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse is the norm for these victims. Once the survivors are freed, the road to recovery is fraught with struggle, pain, and even more wounds. The HEART (Healing Emotional Affective Response to Treatment) Model (Keyes, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2018) offers a systematic methodology utilizing the existing standards of care and interpreting a faith-based overlay consistent with secular practice. This workshop will focus on the treatment needs of survivors of trafficking-based complex trauma and the specific therapeutic issues psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, and ministry leaders address in treatment. A three-phase treatment model will be explored utilizing the 10-staged HEART model, including an integration of faith. Particular attention will focus on cognitive distortions as they relate to the individual (Ross, 1991) and as they may form within a spiritual context. Both secular and faith-based methodologies will be discussed, compared, and explored from the integration standpoint.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe a secular model of treatment for trauma with faith-based components to utilize an integrated approach to therapy that is consistent with current standards of practice
2. Outline the symbiotic union of trafficking and complex trauma and demonstrate trauma-informed ways to assist survivors in coping with dissociative states and other symptoms
3. Demonstrate aspects of the HEART model from a faith-based perspective they can use with clients
Register For World Conference