The speakers at the Association of Christian Therapists will address health care providers in all disciplines with their insights and experiences working with people of various cultures and ethnic groups. Healing requires creative, focused clinical interventions; speakers and presenters will provide insights into diverse cultures prominent in our country , as well as insights into the art of determining strengths in others. The Pre-Conference on Thursday Sept. 18 presents two passionate professionals who are servants of those in most need of healing , Dr. Benjamin Keyes, Ph.D.; Ed. D and Fr. Christopher Crotty who will be presenting their experiences of healing with people from various cultural and faith traditions and the common thread of God’s love in all of them. Dr. Keyes is the Director of The Center for Trauma Studies at Regent University and is often found with his team in the USA and around the world as first responders in natural and man made disasters, addressing . Fr. Crotty is a priest who seeks to know the true heart of Jesus reaching out to the prostitute, the person in the satanic rock band, the alcoholic and many others in need of God’s love in the midst of brokenness and sin, speaking and will also present The Centrality of the Gospel Message. The rostrum of speakers and presenters have a deep understanding of how healing comes through the love of God and seeing Jesus in the other; Fr. Robert Sears, SJ, President of ACT, (Living The Divine Will), Dr. Doug Schoeninger, Past ACT President and Denise Dolff, MA President Elect (Listening in Healthcare Practice), Dr. George Delgado, MD (Weaving Faith, Ethics, and Professional Autonomy Into Patient/Client Interaction) will speak along with many others. Registration info, complete speakers’ rostrum, topics and bios at www.actheals.org.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Dr.Benjamin Keyes, Ph.D; Ed.D,Psychotherapist, Pastor and Professor in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA and Chair of the Association of Christian Therapists Psychotherapist Specialty Group (www.actheals.org). Dr. Keyes has written books, articles and been published in numerous professional journals including ACT’s Journal of Christian Healing.
Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS) affects many people suffering the effects of trauma on the body,mind and spirit of all age groups; war veterans, victims of terrorism, catastrophic weather calamities, sex and drug trafficking, addictions, and abuse situations. Professor Keyes not only teaches graduate students, he teaches and trains medical and allied health professionals, first responders, clergy and students throughout the world. Prayer is included in the treatment/healing process and Dr. Keyes speaks about his experiences in recent trips to treat aftermath victims in the Philippines, Haiti and Lebanon to train priests and NGOs to work with Syrian Survivors of Chemical Genocide and War (December 2013);and the upcoming trip to Romania with Regent U Graduate Students for work with gypsy and underprivileged populations. The recipient of many awards for his professional achievements as well as community endeavors, Dr. Keyes is over-the-top able as well as amiable and offers us his vast experience in professional development and acumen coupled with highly effective Christian approaches to dealing with traumatology encompassing inner healing,spiritual healing, physical and mental illness.
Ken’s first guest is Robert Spencer author of Not Peace But A Sword – The Great Chasm Between Christianity And Islam (Catholic Answers) Some Christians view Islam as a sister religion, a branch of the same Abrahamic tree—lacking the fullness of revelation but nonetheless a religion of peace. Others are more critical of Islamic teachings but still see Muslims as valuable partners in the global fight against secularization and the Culture of Death. Robert Spencer argues they’re both wrong—and warns Christians against the danger of thinking that Islam is an easy ally. To learn more about Robert visit: www.jihadwatch.org His book is available at shop.catholic.com
Ken’s second guest is Marge Fenelon author of Imitating Mary – Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom. In this first and only book to offer Mary’s life as a template for living as a faithful Catholic mother today, the Mother of God is presented as the ideal guide for the vocation of Catholic motherhood. To learn more about Marge visit: www.margefenelon.com Her book is available at: www.avemariapress.com