Equipping Those Who Care for the Deeply Wounded
The image of the shattered heart put back together seen above is representative of the intention of this conference and inspired by Kintsugi, a Japanese form of repairing broken ceramics with gold.
When a ceramic object breaks, the kintsugi technique involves using gold dust and resin (or lacquer) to reattach the broken pieces. The resulting piece thus incorporates the unique cracks into its design, and the gold lines add to the beauty of the piece while strengthening it. This art form is a metaphor for brokenness and healing.
This symposium is a gathering for those who work with people who have been deeply wounded by trafficking and other forms of sexual abuse.
Deeper Walk International, Lydia Discipleship Ministries, and Denver Seminary are partnering to offer an overview of some of the best models, materials, and practices in this important area of ministry.
This is the ideal setting for pastors, counselors, prayer ministers, and mental health professionals to connect and learn.
DR. ALAINE PAKKALA
Dr. Alaine Pakalla founded Lydia Discipleship Ministries (LDM) in 1994, I really enjoy training leaders—professional counselors, lay-counselors, disciple-makers, pastors and others—helping them understand how to effectively minister to hurting people, especially those who are emotionally shattered.
Having experienced her own healing from a DID/SRA background, she understands the struggles facing those who have been abused by people in positions of trust. As one who has overcome the experience of being trafficked as a child, her life’s work has been the development of tools for helping those whose lives have been shattered by sexual abuse.
DR. MARCUS WARNER
Marcus Warner has served as president of Deeper Walk International since 2006. Marcus earned three degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School – M.Div., Th.M. Old Testament, and D.Min. He has written numerous books and spoken for both ministry and corporate groups across the country and around the world. A Bible teacher at heart, Marcus has taught Old Testament and Theology at the junior high, high school, college, and seminary levels. His passion is taking complex topics and making them practical and accessible to everyone. He has authored several books including Understanding the Wounded Heart.
DR. DAN RUMBERGER
Dr. Rumberger has been a licensed psychologist for over 35 years, practicing in Iowa and Colorado. He has been called a “rare bird”, in that he is a compassionate psychologist with a strong biblical theology, who understands that there is a very real spiritual dimension to facilitating healing for those whose souls have been shattered by sexual trauma. His teaching on Dissociation emphasizes that this complex psychological defense is, simultaneously, a gift that preserves life and an impediment to living in freedom from the effects of the trauma. Dan also serves as a consultant and Board member for Deeper Walk International, advocating for the effective application of a biblical Christian worldview to professional counseling and ministry.
Judy Dunagan served as a women’s ministry leader for twenty years before joining Moody Publishers in 2014 as an acquisitions editor, overseeing the women’s line of books and discipleship resources. A wonder seeker who chases knowledge of God and His Word, Judy is passionate about discipling women and making God’s Word come alive in everyday life. Judy and her husband, Rick, love their empty-nest years in the Colorado mountains.
DR. HEATHER GINGRICH
Heather Davediuk Gingrich, Ph.D., is a counselor, scholar, teacher, and former missionary. She is professor of counseling at Denver Seminary and maintains a small private practice working with complex trauma survivors. She is the author of Restoring the Shattered Self,coauthor of Skills for Effective Counseling, and co-editor and contributor to Treating Trauma in Christian Counseling.
She began counseling over twenty-five years ago in Canada, and continued in the Philippines where she counseled, taught, and completed her doctoral studies on complex trauma. She continues her international involvements with the Institute for International Care and Counsel at Belhaven University, as well as adjunct teaching at the Asia Graduate School of Theology in the Philippines and seminaries in Guatemala, Sri Lanka, and Singapore. She also conducts mental health assessments for missionary candidates.
Gingrich is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, the Trauma Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Her scholarly work focuses on understanding and working with those who have histories of child abuse and other forms of relational trauma, particularly as they relate to issues of Christian faith and spirituality. She and her husband Fred have two adult sons and are raising their grandson.
Thursday, June 27
The Unique Challenges of Ministering to Those Who Have Been Trafficked
Dr. Alaine Pakalla is the founder of Lydia Discipleship Ministry and CAT – Christians Against Trafficking. As one who has overcome the experience of being trafficked as a child, her life’s work has been the development of tools for helping those whose lives have been shattered by sexual abuse. Many people dive into helping the deeply wounded and sexually trafficked without understanding the unique challenges they will encounter. Alaine will bring her years of experience both as one in recovery and one who has helped hundreds to recover in this presentation.
Slaying the Monster: Six Battle Strategies for Overcoming Pornography
Dr. Marcus Warner is the president of Deeper Walk International and the author of several books, including Understanding the Wounded Heart. This presentation will lay out a trail map of six core elements that are essential to any transformational journey. These elements include support groups, Biblical perspectives, walking in the Spirit, emotional capacity, listening prayer, and spiritual warfare.
Dr. Dan Rumberger is a practicing psychologist at the Southwest Counseling Associates in Denver and has over thirty years of experience in working with deeply wounded people. Dr. Rumberger has been associated with Deeper Walk International since its founding in 1988. In this two-part presentation, he will explain the spectrum of dissociation, the unique issues related to dissociative identity disorder, and a basic model for helping those for whom sexual abuse has caused this disorder.
Understanding Dissociation (Part 2).
Dr. Marcus Warner moderating: All speakers participating
Friday, June 28
Restoring the Shattered Self: The Process of Healing for Complex Trauma
Dr. Heather Gingrich is the author of the book Restoring the Shattered Self: A Christian Counselor’s Guide to Complex Trauma. She serves in the graduate faculty of Denver Seminary. The goal of this two-part presentation is to offer tools to professional counselors they can use when working with complex trauma survivors, as well as to give lay helpers and survivors a sense of what the healing process can entail. The trauma histories of complex trauma survivors (e.g., adult survivors of child abuse, intimate partner violence, torture, multiple traumas, kidnapping, sex trafficking victims) are not the same as the trauma histories of those who develop PTSD which makes the healing process different. How early experiences of complex trauma negatively impact attachment style and the ability of the individual to form an integrated sense of self will be examined after which the three-phase treatment model that has become the standard of care for complex PTSD (C-PTSD) will be introduced.
Restoring the Shattered Self: The Process of Healing for Complex Trauma (Part 2)
The following counseling issues will be discussed: establishing safety, maintaining appropriate therapeutic boundaries, symptom management, working through traumatic memories, dealing with spiritual issues, and eliciting social and prayer support from the local church. Special attention will be given to the constructive use of such clients’ dissociative abilities for symptom containment early on in treatment (Phase I) as well as when working through trauma memories (Phase II).
Living Out of Our Victory in Christ
Judy Dunagan is the former women’s ministry director at Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs. She is an author and speaker who works for Moody Publishers out of Chicago. This session will focus on the use of spiritual warfare prayer both for those in the midst of battle and for those seeking to help them find victory.
Building a Ministry Team
Dr. Pakkala specializes in training teams to work with the deeply wounded. The core training of Lydia Discipleship Ministry centers around their Barnabas training for those who are encouragers in the life of someone in recovery. This session will explain who needs to be on a team and how to prepare team members for the roles they will need to play.
Dr. Marcus Warner moderating: All speakers participating