(JACKSON, Miss.) — Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson is pleased to announce its bi-annual Conference on Christian Counseling will be held on October 14-15, 2021, via Zoom.
The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program at RTS Jackson has invited Dr. Heather Davediuk Gingrich as the featured speaker. A renowned author, professor, and lecturer, Dr. Gingrich’s most recent publication is Restoring the Shattered Self: A Christian Counselor’s Guide to Complex Trauma (2013, IVP). In addition to Dr. Gingrich, Drs. Jim Hurley and Bill Richardson will also present lectures during the conference.
Dr. Hurley commented, “I always look forward to the Conference on Christian Counseling! For more than a decade it has been an important time for studying the relation of Christian faith to cutting edge learning in the counseling field, while earning professionally recognized continuing education credits. For many of us, however, the highlight is the chance to have a reunion with graduates of the program.”
“Our conference is a hybrid — part presentation and part family reunion,” Dr. Richardson agreed. “It’s learning more about therapeutic relationships in the midst of welcoming relationships. Conferences can exude a distancing air of academic superiority. Not here, hopefully not ever. COVID has isolated so many hard-working counselors. Our hope is that once again, this year, the Conference on Christian Counseling will offer excellent education mingled with edifying fellowship.”
Dr. Heather Davediuk Gingrich
Dr. 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 also an advisor for the Philippine Association of Christian Counselors and the Philippine Society for the Study for Trauma and Dissociation.
Dr. Gingrich earned a Ph.D. 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. She 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.