Interview with Richard A. Heaps, PhD, ABPP: the following interview is with Dr. Richard Heaps, who will be conducting a full-day seminar at this year's National Conference in Las Vegas.
Article Type: Interview
Subject: Psychotherapy (Health aspects)
Psychotherapy (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Psychic trauma (Care and treatment)
Psychic trauma (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Pub Date: 06/22/2009
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Summer, 2009 Source Volume: 12 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics
Persons: Named Person: Heaps, Richard A.; Heaps, Richard A.
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Name: Las Vegas, Nevada Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 218313983
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What is the significance of the title of your seminar, and what insight does the title give into the seminar?

The title of the course is "Interventions for Crisis, Disaster, and Trauma: Adaptive Applications."

We live in a very creative world of professional research and practice. This is especially true in the field of crisis, disaster, and trauma psychology. If there is a new approach or intervention to be found, someone is looking for it. We currently enjoy a variety of very different therapeutic interventions with empirical support.

The intent of this course is to pull together some basic ideas that provide a foundation for clarifying processes that promote understanding and allow for adaptability in the variety of crisis, disaster, and trauma interventions used in those settings. Of course, examples of adaptive applications will be part of the course.

What made you decide to create this specific seminar?

When I share these intervention models with other colleagues, they find them to be of practical value in guiding their own interventions and in removing the anxiety and mystery their clients or patients feel about their own "strange" reactions to traumatic events. The practical usefulness of the ideas and their understandable nature in brief, crisis interventions, and in the process of therapy gives them intuitive appeal.

What are the learning objectives of the seminar?

* A need for adaptability in assessing and intervening in crisis and trauma.

* A dynamic rationale for selecting crisis or therapy interventions.

* Basic differences between recovery, resilience, and growth in reaction to crisis and trauma.

* Two distortions of thinking, which promote post-trauma stress reactions and the need for recovery or healing interventions.

* Models for applying practical differences between brief crisis interventions and trauma-related therapies.

What is the greatest strength of this seminar?

The greatest strength is the simplicity, clarity, and usefulness of the ideas within the context of widely divergent settings. They make sense to the crisis worker, therapist, and survivor or client/ patient alike. The ideas are adaptable.

Can you give the readers of Annals a preview of the content of this seminar?

Different types of disaster or traumatic events seem to yield different cognitive, emotional, and interpersonal reactions. Whether therapeutic interventions are needed often depends on whether notable distortions in those reactions occur, and upon important characteristics of the event and the survivor. A portion of this course will look at important distortions in thinking and other dimensions that lead to a need for recovery interventions. These will be differentiated from the dimensions that lead to resilience and growth during and after crisis and trauma.

The major emphasis of this course will be to explore a dynamic, adaptive process for selecting intervention or treatment strategies and a conceptual model that guides practical crisis interventions and trauma therapies. This course will also explore some important structural and process differences between crisis interventions and trauma therapies.

Did you design this seminar with a specific audience in mind?

Yes. The course is intended to provide a useful conceptual and practical framework for mental health professionals who do either crisis and disaster work or trauma therapy.

How did your personal experiences in crisis, disaster, and trauma contribute to this seminar?

Professionally, I am a board certified clinical psychologist and university professor. I have been involved in researching, practicing, and teaching counseling and psychotherapy for my entire professional life. Crisis management rotations and psychotherapy with individuals who have a history of traumatic family and other life events have always been part of my practice.

Additionally, for the past 16 years, I have enriched my professional background by providing crisis and disaster mental health services through the American Red Cross and my state's Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team. I've served at sites of natural disasters and human-caused tragedies in at least a dozen states, including Ground Zero in Manhattan immediately following the horrors of September 11, 2001, and Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.

I have used the concepts of this course in ali these settings, and my experiences in crisis, disaster, and trauma have given personal faces to the ideas. Some of these experiences will be part of the discussion and will provide examples of the practical utility of the ideas.

Hotel information

The 2009 National Conference will be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel. If any casino hotel embodies the rhythm and spirit of Las Vegas, it is the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, where the atmosphere pulses with activity, color, and uninhibited excitement. Get swept up in the Rio's vibrant backdrop: every room a suite, every turn a new adventure, every need fulfilled.

A special discounted group rate has been established for conference attendees. For room reservations, call (888) 746-6955, choose option #1 to connect to Suite Reservations, and reference the group code SRACFE9. Rooms are limited, so call today The cut-off date to receive the group rate is Friday, September 11, 2009.

Hotel Information

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The 2009 National Conference will be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel. If any casino hotel embodies the rhythm and spirit of Las Vegas, it is the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, where the atmosphere pulses with activity, color, and uninhibited excitement. Get swept up in the Rio's vibrant backdrop: every room a suite, every turn a new adventure, every need fulfilled.

A special discounted group rate has been established for conference attendees. For room reservations, call (888) 746-6955, choose option #1 to connect to Suite Reservations, and reference the group code SRACFE9. Rooms are limited, so call today. The cut-off date to receive the group rate is Friday, September 11, 2009.
SCHEDULE-AT-A-GLANCE

Wednesday, October 14
Registration and Exhibitors                          12:00pm-8:00pm

CHS Pre-Conference Session                            3:00pm-5:00pm
Keynote Speakers: John Bridges, III, FACFEI,
DABCHS, CHS-V, and LTC DE Smith, CHS-V

Welcome Reception                                     5:00pm-7:00pm

Thursday, October 15
Exhibit Hall Opens/Continental Breakfast                     7:00am
General Session                                       8:00am-9:00am
Catch Me if You Can, Presenter: Frank Abagnale

Morning Break                                         9:00am-9:30am
Breakout Session                                     9:30am-11:30am
The Art of the Steal, Presenter: Frank Abagnale

Lunch on Own                                         11:30am-1:00pm
Breakout Sessions                                     1:00pm-4:45pm
Annual Banquet                                        5:30pm-7:30pm
Keynote Speaker: Peter S. Probst

Friday, October 16
Exhibit Hall Opens/Continental Breakfast                     7:00am
General Session                                       8:00am-9:00am
They Must Be Stopped, Presenter: Brigitte Gabriel

Morning Break                                         9:00am-9:30am
Breakout Sessions                                    9:30am-11:00am

Lunch on Own                                        11:00am-12:30pm

CHS Working Luncheon (Additional Registration        12:00pm-1:30pm
Required) Keynote Speaker: Steven G. King,
Deputy Director, Infrastructure Collection
Division, US Department of Homeland Security

Breakout Sessions                                    12:30pm-5:30pm
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