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Vineyard founder to present post-abortion trauma training

8/9/2013

Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

The founder of Rachel's Vineyard Retreats, Theresa Burke, is presenting a clinical training day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 3 in the Memorial Union Ballroom at Fort Hays State University.

The training day is for pastors, therapists, social workers or any individual who works in pastoral counseling, the medical field or pro-life work. Continuing education hours are available.

The training will include the following sessions:

* Understanding post-abortion trauma and its many repetitions.

* Medical abortions -- understanding the new emotional and psychological landscape.

* How emotional trauma impacts the brain -- empirical outcome-based evidence.

* Redeeming a father's heart -- abortion's impact on men, family and intimate relationships.

* The power of secrets -- breaking free from trauma with truth and understanding the line between sexual abuse and abortion.

* Role of a priest/pastor in post-abortion ministry

Burke has a master's degree and Ph.D. in counseling psychology.

In addition to being the founder of Rachel's Vineyard -- the largest post-abortion ministry in the world, which has spread to 48 states and 57 countries -- Burke also has founded "Grief to Grace -- Reclaiming the Gift of Sexual Dignity," which is a five-day program for healing sexual abuse, and "Duty to Heal: Finding Peace and Wholeness for a Soldier's Heart," which addresses the spiritual and psychological trauma suffered by combat veterans.

Burke is the co-author of "Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion," "The Contraception of Grief -- The Genesis of Anguish Conceived by Abortifacients and Sterilization," and "Sharing the Heart of Christ," with Kevin Burke.

For a brochure on details of the courses offered for the clinical training day as well as a registration form, contact (877) 447-4383, (785) 639-3338 or email rvineyard@ruraltel.net.