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Advanced Sexual Trauma and Abuse

October 13-15, 2017

Richmont Graduate University

1900 The Exchange, Building 100

Atlanta, GA 30339

To Register: Click HERE

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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).

Course Description:

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.

Course Objectives:

Within the context of this 22-hour workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List and describe the different types of sexual
  • Describe the developmental impact of early childhood sexual abuse
  • Assess the dynamics and roles of a family affected by sexual abuse versus families who are functional and
  • Name and describe post-traumatic stress reactions and other effects of sexual
  • Effectively treat sexual trauma in survivors from all age
  • Apply the technique of mapping with dissociative
  • Identify and utilize differentiation of clients with dissociation using the Dissociative Continuum
  • Utilize the concept of ego states and apply its theory to clients with various levels of dissociation.
  • Explain the steps of the HEART Model
  • Synthesize the use and application of the HEART model with clients from both a secular and spiritual framework
  • Verbalize and implement certain treatment strategies in working with clients who have been sexually abused and are currently in treatment for couples’ sex therapy
  • Identify the effects of sexual abuse on partner intimacy
  • Eliminate client’s negative sexual behaviors and resolve sexual specific relational problems
  • Explain upsetting automatic reactions to touch and sex
  • Demonstrate effective strategies for overcoming common reactions of the abuse survivor and partner in the context of the intimate relationship
  • Develop a plan to create the client’s healthy sexual self-concept.
  • Explain the accuracy and utility of materials presented, limitations of content, and most common risks when working with sexually traumatized


 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


Registration Information

Continuing Education:

22 Continuing Education clock hours available

Workshop Level:


(Participants must have completed the Introductory Course- Human Sexuality- prior to the registration of this course).

Course Schedule

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


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.

Advanced Sexual Trauma and Abuse