Trauma Informed Counseling Conference

Trauma and various types of stress take an emotional toll on mind, body, and spirit. The key pillars of trauma informed care is the development of “safety and connection” for all people based on strategies that incorporate science and in the case of Hawaiʻi, the inclusion of culture.

Trauma affects everyone. As Christians, we need to find healing in understanding our own trauma as well as to become healers by understanding the effects of trauma on others.

On October 23 & 24, the Alec and Belle Waterhouse Lecture Series will be hosting a Trauma Informed Counseling Conference free of charge.

To register, please click here.

Keynote Speakers

Danny Goya is a trained Trauma Informed Care trainer for the Community Resilience Initiative, a certified family literacy trainer for the National Center for Family Learning, and the founder of Ke Ala Hoaka LLC, a consultancy group specializing in trauma informed strategies. He is also the Director of Project Development for the Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF), a non-profit Native Hawaiian organization providing educational, social service, and environmental programming through Native Hawaiian cultural values and traditions. In 2007, Mr. Goya created the first Two-gen mobile homeless family education program for children living on the Leeward Coast of Oahu, called the Ka Pa’alana Homeless Family Education Program. To date, it has served over 3,000 children ages 0-5 and 3,000 caregivers, transitioned 400 families to permanent housing and distributed over 50 tons of food and life necessities. In 2013, the Ka Pa’alana Program was one of the first programs of its kind to receive NAEYC accreditation. Danny Goya will lead conference participants through an understanding of how various types of trauma affect us and how we can learn to care for ourselves and care for others.

Matt Sanders became senior pastor in August 2015. Most recently, he served as a professor at The College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Matt and his wife, Cheryl, grew up in Hawaii and lived most of their lives here. They have three daughters, Kiyomi, Ariel, and Keiko. Matt has a Ph.D. in theology from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, a master of arts in theology from Southwestern, and a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Hawaii. His favorite theological topic is anything to do with the Trinity. His desire is to see Waialae Baptist become a disciple-making and disciple-sending church all to the glory of God. In his spare time, Matt likes to run, lift weights, and play golf poorly. Matt Sanders will be sharing a biblical view of healing.

Conference Schedule

Oct. 23, 2020 7-9 p.m. In person and live streamed

7 p.m.           A Christian Call to Health and Healing – Pastor Matt Sanders

The biblical basis for ministry to all who need healing.

7:45 p.m.     Break

8 p.m.           Trauma 101 – Danny Goya

An introduction to trauma, wellness, and resilience building

Oct. 24, 2020 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Zoom conference only)

8:30 a.m.     Brain Sciences – Danny Goya

An introduction to how the brain works, the stress response system, and the impact of stress on the brain.

9:40 a.m.     Break

9:50 a.m.     Cultural-Historical Trauma – Danny Goya

The impact of cultural and historical trauma and the implications of inter- and transgenerational trauma.

11 a.m.         Break

11:10 a.m.   Insights from the ACES and BCES Study – Danny Goya

12:20 p.m.  Lunch break

12:45 p.m.  Intervention Strategies – Danny Goya

An overview of R.O.L.E.S. – the Community Resilience Initiative’s five-step intervention strategy

1:30 p.m.     Break

1:40 p.m.     Self-care – Danny Goya

A look at self care and the dangers of secondary trauma and compassion fatigue

Alec and Belle Waterhouse

Alexander C. Waterhouse Sr., who passed away in 1999, was the grandson of Samuel T. Alexander, who co-founded Alexander & Baldwin, one of Hawai‘i’s oldest corporations. After many years with Alexander & Baldwin, Alec founded his own company, now known as Waterhouse, Inc. Throughout his life in Hawai‘i, Mr. Waterhouse was a quiet, humble and caring member of our community, giving generously to many organizations, including Child & Family Services, Palama Settlement, the Salvation Army, and the Universiy of Hawai‘i’s athletic program. He believed strongly in improving life for the people of Hawai‘i and was devoted to his late wife, Belle.

Our Legacy

The Alec and Belle Waterhouse Lecture Series is a ministry of Waialae Baptist Church, and is funded through a charitable trust created by the late Alexander C. Waterhouse, a former member of Waialae Baptist Church and very successful kama’aina businessman. The purpose of our events is to cover subjects furthering the tenets of Christianity.

Our Vision

Through Mr. Waterhouse’s generosity, the Lecture Series is designed to provide high quality, life-changing events that are both biblical and relevant in meeting the spiritual needs of the people of Hawai’i. In meeting this objective as well as the mandate of the trust, the Lecture Series seeks to find topics, speakers, forums and formats that will be cross-denominational and reach out to those who have never heard the Word of God or who desire to be stronger witnesses of God’s love and saving grace.
Our events have covered a wide range of topics including the workplace, church, marriages, parenting, youth and apologetics. Featured speakers include Henry Blackaby, Jim Burns, Nick Vujicic, Mark Dever, Don Whitney, Richard Ross, Brian Haynes, Kurt & Olivia Bruner, Paige & Dorothy Patterson and many others.

To learn more about the Alec and Belle Waterhouse Lecture Series, please visit our site.

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