Advanced Sexual Trauma and Abuse
October 13-15, 2017
Richmont Graduate University
1900 The Exchange, Building 100
Atlanta, GA 30339
To Register: Click HERE
Dr.Vanessa Snyder is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor in Training. She is a 2008 graduate of Richmont Graduate University. She received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in VA. Her areas of research interests include: sexual abuse and trauma; trauma effects on the God perception; trauma treatment with play/art therapy, assessment in treatment of adults who experience trauma/complex trauma; secondary traumatic stress, complex trauma model protocol used for human trafficking and dissociative disorders. She is currently working with Hope for Justice (Nashville, TN) on research and program evaluations of trauma treatment models in sex trafficking shelters. Vanessa is also the Dean of Clinical Affairs and the Vice President of the Richmont Institute of Traumatology.
Debra Taylor, MA is a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Sex Therapist. She teaches sex therapy courses through the Institute for Sexual Wholeness at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia, and has presented on various marriage and sexuality topics in graduate schools and conferences throughout the United States and internationally. She earned her M.A. in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Azusa Pacific University, and a Certificate in Human Sexuality from the Neuropsychiatric Institute at U.C.L.A. Debra is a co- founder of Sexual Wholeness, Inc., an organization which seeks to “unveil God’s truth about sexuality” through professional training, retreats, seminars, writing and production of audio/video educational materials. She is a co-author with Archibald Hart and Catherine Hart- Weber of Secrets of Eve: Understanding the Mystery of Female Sexuality. Debra and her husband, Kent, have been married for 37 years and are the parents of two young adults.
Dr. Heather Davediuk Gingrich is a professor of counseling at Denver Seminary. She is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as a member of the Colorado Counseling Association, the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, the Rocky Mountain Trauma and Dissociation Society, and a professional affiliate of Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She is an advisor for the Philippine Association of Christian Counselors and the Philippine Society for the Study for Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Gingrich earned a PhD from the University of the Philippines, an MA from Wheaton College Graduate School, and a BA from Carleton University in Canada. During her 30 plus years in the counseling field, Dr. Gingrich has divided her time between clinical work and teaching. Dr. Gingrich specializes in the treatment of complex trauma, including adult survivors of abuse, and has done research, writing, and clinical work in the area of dissociative disorders and trauma. She has lived in Canada, Pakistan, the Philippines, and the United States. Her new book is called Restoring the Shattered Self: A Christian Counselor’s Guide to Complex Trauma (2013, IVP).
This intermediate course examines the topic of sexual trauma and abuse. Current thinking in the treatment of people with a history of sexual trauma and abuse in the context of sex therapy is explored in depth.
Within the context of this 22-hour workshop, participants will be able to:
Basic Topic Schedule:
|Day One||Overview of Sexual Abuse and Treatment of Sexual Trauma
Diagnosis and Treatment of Dissociative Disorders and the Dissociative Continuum
|Day Two||The Heart Model
Introduction to Sex Therapy with a Trauma Survivor
|Day Three||Moving Towards Healthy Sexual Behavior
Healing with an Intimate Partner
22 Continuing Education clock hours available
(Participants must have completed the Introductory Course- Human Sexuality- prior to the registration of this course).
Friday, October 13, 2017: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 14, 2017: 9:00 AM – 7:00 AM
Sunday, October 15, 2017: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Professional Students taking the course toward ABCST Sex Therapy Certification on a Pass-Fail basis:
(Plus textbooks costs. Completion of all readings and assignments is required in order to receive continuing education credits).
Course Alumni: Students or Alumni retaking the course as a refresher
To Register: Click HERE
For registration and CE questions, please contact Martha Busby at
For ABCST certification questions, please contact Mallory Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refunds will only be issued if requested prior to October 13.
Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychologist Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.