Category Archives: Housing

Forward-Thinking Consultations



Join Valerie Harkins of LifeHouse Houston as she shares tips on how to create a therapeutic environment in the home and why they made the decision to have all consultation activity be forward-looking and based on creative self expression.

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Self Medication

Self-Medication



Join Mary, Suzanne and Lisa as they discuss self-medication specifically in regard to pregnant women and pregnancy help organizations. In this episode, they will define what self-medication is and how it impacts the women within their programs.


Physiological Aspects of Trauma: Impact on the Body



Join Mary Peterson as she talks with Suzanne Burns, MA-MFS and Lisa Holmes with Foundation House Ministries on the impact trauma has on the body of the woman.


Pregnancy Help Podcast

How to Avoid Secondary Trauma as a Caregiver



Join Heartbeat International Housing Specialist, Mary Peterson, as she talks with Lisa Holmes of Foundation House Ministry to discuss ways to avoid secondary trauma within the housing community.

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Pregnancy Help Podcast

The Relational Impact of Trauma



This session explorers how trauma affects relationships, including relationships with staff in the home, other moms in the home, and in some cases our clients children. To purchase the episode in its entirety, go to heartbeatservices.org/resources.


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Maternity Homes and the Pregnancy Center Service Report



Mary Peterson, Housing Specialist for Heartbeat International, discusses four main messages she gleaned from the latest report from the Lozier Institute specifically regarding housing programs.

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Pregnancy Help Podcast

Trauma-Informed Rule Structures



In this session we’ll look at how create rule structures in the home that provide order and stability but are trauma informed. To purchase this episode in its entirety, go to heartbeatservices.org/resources.


Pregnancy Help Podcast

Strategies for Deescalating



We know that things around the home can get heated at times. This session will explore factors that contribute to escalation, and how recognizing those factors can help us deescalate effectively when the need arises. To purchase this episode in its entirety, go to heartbeatservices.org/resources


Pregnancy Help Podcast

Introducing Clinical Concepts with Non-Clinical Staff



Pregnancy Help Organizations around the country wrestle with tension between relying of professional, credentialed staff and lay staff and volunteers. This session explores how that tension plays out in the maternity home and ways to resolve that tension for the benefit of the home. To purchase this episode in its entirety, go to heartbeatservices.org/resources.


Pregnancy Help Podcast

Trauma’s Impact on the Brain



This session provides an introduction to why this topic of trauma is so important in helping our clients find help and healing. To order this episode in its entirety, go to heartbeatservices.org/resources.