Category Archives: Trauma

The LOVE Approach Book

The L.O.V.E. Approach for Everyone



Cindi Boston-Bilotta interviews Dr. Peggy Hartshorn about her latest book, The L.O.V.E. Approach.

In 1994, Dr. Hartshorn developed The L.O.V.E. Approach manual to explain how Christ-centered pregnancy help center volunteers can build relationships with women facing difficult pregnancies and help them resolve issues and problems in a life-affirming way. It has been in continuous use around the world, taught by Heartbeat International since then (person to person and now on-line).

It was originally inspired by the lessons she learned from painful experience, the hard way, as a young wife, mother, and passionate Christian volunteer, almost 50 years ago.

In this narrative version of the L.O.V.E. Approach, she offers the four steps to you and the larger Christian community in the expectation that you will also find them powerful in your own relationships and ministries.

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Sex Trafficking – The Women Who Escape and Need Shelter



Jeanne Allert operates The Samaritan Women, a residential restorative care program for women who have been exploited by trafficking. The power-packed podcast talks about the intersection points with maternity homes and invites programs to think about creating “safe within” environments, ways to detox from a highly “private universe”, and how to help women reclaim their boundaries.

In this podcast, Jeanne Allert of The Samaritan Women lays out the field of residential options for women coming out of sex trafficking using four ideas.  While the maternity housing world doesn’t have the same language, it has similar concepts.  It is instructive to hear her thoughts on the field of residential care for persons coming out of crisis.

The first point of intervention is emergency care and includes things like emergency rooms, jails, and safe houses. On the continuum of care, these programs focus on the point of rescue or escape as well as the point of apprehension by law enforcement.  Women may or may not be interested in change at this point.

Next are programs that focus on stabilization, generally short-term programs (i.e. 90-days) where the woman may be living with a foot in the world of transformative care and a foot in ongoing connection to the world of her victimization.  Long-term care takes place in restorative care programs, the third type of program.  It is in these programs that Allert describes the focus as asking the question, “What is the new life you are aspiring to have?”  She suggests that clients spend 90% of time on building that new life and 10% of time on dealing with “trauma residue” issues.

In her experience, some of the important lessons of this phase are teaching the residents to have natural relationships and to assert boundaries.  The final stage is graduate care where the emphasis is on ongoing support during social entry and independent living.  During this time, having a supportive and accountable community is a crucial tool.

As of October 2019, there were 103 open residential programs that specialized in victims of trafficking.  These programs accounted for approximately 1000 beds.

“One of the ways that media has done a disservice to us is to create a hyper-reality of danger,” Allert asserts.  She argues that the relational bond that the woman has experienced with her abuser (i.e. as a parent-figure, boyfriend, baby daddy) makes her more at risk of choosing to go back rather than the abuser coming to find the client.  “It’s less about physical security and more about building a belief of being ‘safe within’,” Allert explains.

Rather than outside threats, the client is more of a danger to herself via self-harm, destructive decision making, and other negative behaviors.

Additional Resources

  • https://instituteforsheltercare.org/

Dealing with Addiction: The Early Stages of Recovery



In this podcast, Andrea McAdam shares the policies and approach of The LIGHT House in working with young women in the early stages of recovery. Listen to her thoughts on how addiction factors into serving their community well especially related to intakes, dirty drug tests, and organizational relationships.


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Tackling the topic of Trauma Informed Care



Heartbeat International Housing Specialist Mary Peterson interviews Peggy Forrest with Our Lady’s Inn discusses the research and training involved in implementing trauma informed care within their pregnancy help organization.

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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.