We are glad to welcome Keynote speakers for the 2019 Heartbeat International Annual Conference, who are key leaders in the pregnancy help movement, as well as prolife leaders from around the United States.
Life Training Institute
Mike served as a pastor for 23 years before joining the staff of Life Training Institute in 2012, where he serves as the Midwest Director of Training. He is a gifted and much sought-after communicator who brings a pastor’s heart to the often emotional and divisive issue of abortion in a way that is both gracious and compelling.
Abortion Pill Reversal Advocate
Rebekah is one of today`s youngest speakers on the issues of teenage pregnancy, abortion, and abortion pill reversal. Raised in a Christian home where abortion was never discussed, Rebekah`s career in the pro-life movement was unplanned and fueled, instead, by firsthand experience.
Heritage House, ‘76
Dinah has spent a lifetime speaking to and mentoring women, walking them through the pain of childhood abuse, molestation and dysfunction. She is a writer, teacher, speaker and a grandmother of twenty-six grandchildren. She founded and ran Living Hope Women’s Centers and Hope House Maternity Home and while there, wrote Earn While you Learn, a program used by pregnancy help organizations worldwide. Her mother, Virginia Evers, created the Precious Feet and was considered a founder in the Pro-Life Movement, starting Heritage House ‘76. Dinah has been involved in every aspect of the Pro-Life movement and is always called back to helping women find healing, hope and truth in Christ.
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
Father Agustino Torres, CFR, is a priest with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal based in the Bronx, New York. He is the founder of Corazon Puro, an organization dedicated to forming youth. He hosts the EWTN television shows Icons and Clic con Corazon Puro in Spanish. Father Agustino was one of the friars who founded Catholic Underground, an apostolate of the Friars of the Renewal, and the Casa Guadalupe (women) and JPII (men) houses of discernment. He is internationally sought to address topics such as the Church’s teachings about human sexuality, vocational discernment, and missionary discipleship.
FOX News and FOX Business Contributor
Rachel Campos-Duffy is ranked one of “Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential Latino Republicans” and sought after for her honest, insightful, and often humorous real world view of the news cycle and American politics.
She is a FOX News and FOX Business Contributor and a recurring guest host on hit shows, FOX & Friends and Outnumbered offering her unique view on political news, parenting, and everything in between.
Chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys
Jonathan Evans, a mentor, author, speaker and former NFL fullback treasures his relationship with Christ along with the opportunity to use his life to glorify God. Jonathan seeks to impact today’s athletes, men and young adults by equipping and encouraging them in their faith.
Jonathan serves with his pastor, friend and father, Dr. Tony Evans, both in the local church and the national ministry. They also teamed up together to write Get in the Game, a practical guidebook filled with sports analogies and spiritual truths aimed at strengthening readers with the skills they need for living victoriously.
Michael Jr. is giving the world an opportunity to smile again…
Through stand-up comedy, Michael Jr. takes you on a comedic journey in a way you’ve never experienced before. Michael Jr. has spent his career making laughter common in uncommon places like homeless shelters and prisons while inspiring his fans through sketches, stand-up, short films and appearances in feature films.
No matter where you experience this man’s humor, on-stage, on-line, or one-on-one, you get the same Michael Jr. – at ease, conversational, a sly sense of mischief, with a grasp of real-life culture-current scenarios that create waves of comedy that inspires.
Michael Jr. discovered his gift in a movie theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A few laughs later and Michael Jr. transitions from the theatre seat to the theatre screen as a supporting actor in Sony Pictures’ blockbuster movie War Room, and just recently released his latest comedy special in theatres: More Than Funny.
The 2019 Annual Conference experience starts with 14 different In-Depth Day opportunities. This exclusive all-day training goes from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with an inspirational keynote at lunch.
You can help change a client’s world, but if a client can’t find you, she’s not likely to be helped by you. Likewise, if potential donors can’t find you, their dollar is going to end up somewhere else. Join Heartbeat International’s expert panel as they help you down the road to visibility through social media, local search, websites, newsletters and more.
This interactive training is for new volunteers, trainers of new volunteers, and will be a refresher for experienced client services staff. This training in effective and compassionate outreach is used by pregnancy help organizations all over the world. Those in attendance will receive The LOVE ApproachTM Training Manual.
An excellent training resource for independent post-abortion recovery leaders, pregnancy resource center volunteers and staff, church ministry leaders, and Christian counselors and coaches. This training will equip attendees to fully understand the Surrendering the Secret healing process and includes tools for engaging the church; reaching women and men who need help; and step-by-step tips on how to get your ministry started.
Explore healing principles from a variety of perspectives including therapuetic ideas, Scriptural/theological insight, and social science research. Join Mary Peterson (Heartbeat International), Valerie Harkins (LifeHouse of Houston), and other housing leaders to think practically and intentionally about how to create programs where healing happens. Themes will include creating environments, teaching skills, and being champions of healing.
This In-Depth Day is designed to instill great hope (confident expectation of what God has promised) in the hearts of participants as they journey toward personal wholeness and fulfillment. The day will include topics listed, worship and personal time with the Lord.
Every mother in a crisis pregnancy has been impacted by the dominant or influential worldviews, particularly with regard to abortion and the dignity of human life. Understanding worldviews influential in her current life circumstances and their consequences provides attendees an empowering and understanding approach to mothers in crisis pregnancies.
The Abortion Pill Rescue (APR) session will cover the history and protocol of APR, physician experiences with reversal, reproductive grief for those who assist with reversals, steps to becoming an APR Network Center, and a client testimonial of her reversal experience. This training is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16061 for 6 contact hours.
Many of the topics discussed at this in-depth day are applicable for any non-profit organization, including pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, post-abortion programs, adoption services, and other pro-life ministries. Legal Essentials will highlight parameters for successful legal compliance, real-life examples to help you protect your ministry, and criteria to evaluate when to seek legal help.
Revitalizing our development plan doesn’t have to be complicated or all-consuming. This In-Depth Day offering empowers you to assess both your strengths and your challenges in development by identifying your 10 Revenue Streams. As we do, we’ll find the keys you need to unlock the potential of each stream, making you more confident, less stressed, and more effective in raising the funds needed to advance your ministry.
STI testing creates access-points for your center - giving you a pro-active response to help prevent unwanted pregnancies and intervene in the lives of men and women who are most abortion-vulnerable. Learn the steps to integrate STI testing and treatment and develop a clinic strategy to be an answer to the sexual health crisis of your community. This training is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16061 for 6 contact hours.
Talking to abortion-minded clients is intimidating. Gather the tools needed to gain confidence as you engage in these conversations about life and death situations.
This workshop will help participants understand how the brain works and how we can use that to create connection with our clients and creating aplace of "felt safety" so that our clients can make wise choices for life for their child. We will create an environment in our centers for connection and empowerment that helps the client not only survive, but ultimately thrive.
Geared for anyone performing ultrasounds in a pregnancy help medical clinic, explore the integration of ultrasound imaging in PMCs, as well as the “hows and whys” of ultrasound physics. You’ll also learn to identify artifacts and how to improve images, along with key skills such as obtaining proper measurements. We’ll also look at the legal and ethical implications and techniques to minimize risk, essential quality analysis/control, and more. This training is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16061 for 6 contact hours. Heartbeat Interantional has been approved to offer complimentary continuing education for sonographers, 6 CMEs for this course.
In this training, you will gain a better understanding of the nature and scope of human trafficking in the U.S. & abroad. Here, you will learn how to recognize the signs and indicators of human trafficking in PRCs and PHOs and how to respond appropriately when human trafficking is suspected. By the end, you will know how to find and link to community and other resources to help your clients. This training is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16061 for 6 contact hours.
The 2019 Heartbeat International Annual Conference offers a rich lineup of workshops, with a over 80 workshops organized in 14 dynamic tracks. Two tracks (Medical Advancement and Ultrasound Advancement) are tailored for nurses and medical professionals in the pregnancy help community, and offer Continuing Education Nursing Contact Hours provided through Heartbeat International. Additional workshops marked with * are also available for Continuing Education Nursing Contact Hours. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour each workshop. For sonographers, Heartbeat International also has been approved to offer complimentary continuing education 1 CME per each ultrasound workshop. All courses are eligible for Life-Affirming Specialist credit hours. Levels listed reflect the speaker's intended audience where Basic refers to a workshop in which the topic is new to attendees, Intermediate where attendees have limited knowledge of the topic, and Advanced where attendees are well-versed in the topic.
Whether you've been a pregnancy help leader for 20 years or 20 minutes, Advancing Leaders is designed to give you the tools you need to walk out the door the best leader you can be.
Come be inspired to persevere in your calling as sowers of God’s grace, even in challenging circumstances. Attendees will walk away with practical tips on how to lead fervently and have a greater understanding of what it means to lead well in difficult circumstances. Attendees will receive a copy of A Leader’s Heart: 365-Day Devotional written by John C. Maxwell.
Leslee Unruh has over 30 years of experience leading the Alpha Center, a pregnancy care center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and has helped start 14+ other centers. Leslee cofounded the National Abstinence Clearinghouse in 1996, which serves as a resource center that distributes information on sexual abstinence, provides training to educators and parents, and has affiliates in 107 countries and every state in the United States.
Curious Carmen, Skeptical Sam, and Fearful Felipe…you will find one (or most likely all three) among your board, staff, and volunteers anytime you introduce change, even important change that meets a need. Using the Old Testament story of Nehemiah, we’ll explore proven ways to lead your ministry through changing environments with story-telling, small group discussion, and real-life situations.
Gregory Long is the author of God’s Powerful Vision for Your Life: The BIG Idea, using the story of Nehemiah to teach leadership principles for ministry leaders. Greg consults with ministries, and teaches undergrad and graduate studies with a special focus on leadership and non-profit management.
In this self-reflective workshop, transform your leadership by understanding the physical and spiritual components of the heart and the formula God has given you to lead like Jesus so that you can become a great influence on those you lead.
Jeannie Smith is an author and speaker who uses her own life experiences to inspire her audience. She is the President of the South Carolina Association of Pregnancy Care Centers and is committed to ministering to women across the world while honoring her first most important role as a wife and mother.
When you have authority, how do you use it well? When you recognize your own authority, its origin, and its limits, your leadership can transform. Let being true to who the Lord has called you to be help you serve your team well in leadership.
Connie is CEO of Wise Choices PRC. Years of corporate ownership and CEO experience have driven her passion to empower leaders to walk in their authority. She has two amazing daughters, loves the Word, and a public speaking platform Truth and LIFE.
With the busyness of work and the constant attention to balance in our lives, it’s hard to take a moment to catch our breath and dream. Engage the other side of your brain for an hour and attend this collaborative and fun session to write the vision of your dreams for your organization and the action steps that you can take today to make your way there.
Amy is the President of Embrace Grace, a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing curriculum and leadership support for churches nationwide to open their arms to young women with unintended pregnancies. Her program is utilized by almost 500 churches across the world. She is also the author of A Bump in Life: True Stories of Hope & Courage during an Unplanned Pregnancy.
Whether you’re a new director or a well-seasoned leader, come and be encouraged and enlightened by the power that comes from ultrasound and meeting our clients where they are. Learn how to reach clients with the pro-life message in a positive way, without condemnation, so they hear the good news.
Victoria has over two decades of experience as a pregnancy center executive director and has spoken at many banquets, conferences, and local events around the country. She now serves as the Director of External Relations for Save the Storks, helping pregnancy centers fundraise, manage boards, and retain staff.
Designed for board members and primary leaders who govern and guide, Board Business will challenge both veterans and novices alike.
In these days of growing hostility to our services, it is vital to discuss ways to protect not only ourselves, but also our staff, boards, volunteers, donors, and ministries. You’ll leave this workshop with some practical steps to securing your organization.
Lori Devillez, BA
Lori DeVillez began directing her career path to serve pregnancy centers in 1992. She has extensive knowledge and experience in this topic and currently serves as the Founder and Executive Director of the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center located in the heart of Austin at the University of Texas West Campus.
Strategy is a set of choices—choices of goals and activities—that position an individual, group or organization to fulfill its purpose. Use this simple, yet powerful model for deciding strategy with five questions: What are our goals? Where must we engage? How will we succeed? What capabilities must we have? What systems will be required?
Zeke consults with for-profit and non-profit organizations in the area of strategy, organization development, and issue management. He has used his strategy approach with over thirty organizations and collaborations and he is currently serving as the Secretary of the Heartbeat International Board.
Boards are critical to the success and growth of pregnancy help organizations. Attendees will gain insights and encouragement about how to be an engaged board member by increasing their connection to the “why” of the organization they serve, and hear executive director perspectives on engagement, fundraising, and community connections.
Jen McLain has been serving at Alpha Center in Fort Collins, CO since 2014. She will share experiences and perspectives about a growing pregnancy medical clinic.
This workshop will help attendees identify risk, transfer it through insurance (or contractually if possible), and outline potential gaps of which to be aware.
Paula Burns specializes in insuring larger churches and non-profit organizations and has been in the insurance industry for thirty years. She is the Co-Owner of Insurance One Agency – Woodlands Office. Paula is a faculty member of The National Alliance and teaches classes to other insurance professionals, risk managers, and non-profit organizations regarding risk management.
Elections have consequences for pregnancy help organizations. Knowing this, it’s time to equip your organization to mobilize staff, supporters, and the wider public to have an influence in the 2020 elections.
Fr. Frank Pavone, MA, M.Div. and Janet Morana, Ph.D.
Fr. Frank Pavone is one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the world. In 1993, he became National Director of Priests for Life. He is also the President of the national Pro-life Religious council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion. Janet Morana is a professional educator. She has worked full-time in national pro-life leadership since 2000, is trained in abortion recovery (Hope Alive Counselor), and is executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More and “Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion.”
Wondering how to effectively navigate the path of succession planning? This insightful workshop will equip you and your team to uncover the road map for success by utilizing Godly wisdom to navigate your succession plan through Goals, Prayer, and Stewardship (GPS).
Sol Pitchon and Charles DiMarco
Sol Pitchon has been President and CEO of New Life Solutions since 1999. Before joining the ministry, Sol was a Christian Psychotherapist. As a Jewish-Christian whose parents were holocaust survivors, Sol feels it a privilege and his destiny to work against the holocaust of abortion in the pregnancy help movement.
Dealing with clients is no simple task. Increase your awareness and deepen your understanding of your client's behavior, culture, and needs, with Client Care.
Often, we are so focused on the mother, that we forget there is a father involved. This workshop will explore creative ways in which one center has been able to attract Baby Dads to step up to the parenting plate.
Debbie Simmons, BSME, MACE, MAOM, TBRI
Debbie Simmons is the CEO and Founder of Anchor Point in southeast Houston, Texas area. She is a practitioner and trainer in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). Her motto for life is to “love without regard to risk.”
In this course nurses/attendees will learn to identify the potential circumstances that may cause a risk for infant abandonment, how to implement best practice training, and utilize a three tiered communication model to increase parent and infant safety and to prevent a dangerous outcome including abandonment or death of an infant. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Heather Burner, BSN, RN
As the Executive Director for the National Safe Haven Alliance, Heather leads an extraordinary team of leaders from across the country. Heather’s commitment to the National Safe Haven Alliance mission and raising awareness to provide an alternative to infant abandonment has led to many babies finding forever homes, and a safe place for a parent to find care and support in a heartbreaking, and at times, dangerous situation.
How can pregnancy help organizations influence clients using the medium they expect in a way that will still reach their heart? Explore the future of educational programs using research-based methodologies combined with real-world biblical truths and expand the effectiveness of your post-decision sessions using simple techniques applicable to all educational programs.
Brandon Monahan has been working in the pro-life movement since before he was even born. Between his grandmother starting Precious Feet and his mother starting multiple pregnancy centers and maternity homes, Brandon learned the value of truth while always showing love. In 2015, he officially took the helm of Heritage House, helping to guide the world's largest supplier of pro-life materials.
The Millennial and Gen Z generations are unique, but often misunderstood and misheard. Gain some perspective into their world and hearts, from a millennial, so that you can reach them effectively with a sexual risk avoidance message, empowering them to make healthier decisions for life.
Kaila Roper, SRAS
As a millennial herself, Kaila can offer a personal and up close opinion about millennials and youth. She speaks to thousands of teens each year as the director of a sexual risk avoidance program. She has also worked with various pregnancy centers for over ten years.
We see our client’s problem as their behavior, but much deeper is their sense of shame. Shame not for what they’ve done, but a visceral sense that they are flawed and beyond help. It is what lays underneath the self-destructive lifestyles and poor choices. When you understand it, you can address it.
Dinah has spent a lifetime speaking to and mentoring women, walking them through the pain of childhood abuse, molestation and dysfunction. She is a writer, teacher, speaker and a grandmother of twenty-six grandchildren. She founded and ran Living Hope Women’s Centers and Hope House Maternity Home and while there, wrote Earn While You Learn.
Parenting classes play a vital role in helping moms and dads feel equipped in their new responsibilities. This workshop will provide effective and meaningful ways to invite and engage parents in discussion-based parenting classes.
As the author of over 35 books, Karol Ladd encourages and inspires audiences all over the world. With titles such as The Power of a Positive Mom, and Thrive, Don’t Simply Survive, Karol’s message provides practical insight for both home and work. She is the founder of Engage Positive Parenting Initiative.
Establishing a positive culture of life is a challenge, especially with clients. Help them develop that life-affirming culture.
Understanding the significance of fetal and infant mental health (the first 1,000 days from conception to two years old) and its lifelong impact on our stress response systems, attachment, relationships, behavior, decision-making abilities and overall mental and emotional wellbeing.
Laurel is the wife to Will and proud mom to two adult daughters and son in laws. She has a background in finance and homeschooling. She returned to school to complete a Masters in Counseling and in 2017, completed her Neuro Sequential Method of Therapy. She has been running a pregnancy care center in Canada since 2012.
In this workshop, we’ll discuss what it looks like to walk with a male client who is leaning towards abortion. This is an important conversation that can cause volunteers fear and trepidation. Being equipped for the conversation can make all the difference.
Todd Reinschmidt is a husband, father, former school teacher turned missionary turned pastor and then turned missionary again. He has served churches in Mississippi and in Florida. He started volunteering with a local pregnancy center in 2013 and became the first “Dad Coach” there to help young men prepare to be fathers. This year, he joined the staff as the program director for their fatherhood program, Rookie Dads.
Adoption talk tends to focus on pre-placement, but once the baby is placed, what happens to the birthmom? Hear from leading adoption professionals and birthparent advocates sharing vital necessities for providing birthparent support post-adoption placement.
Theresa Marcroft, BS, MBA
Terri Marcroft is the founder and executive director of Unplanned Good Inc., promoting the concept of adoption for those facing unplanned pregnancy.
Adoption today is a beautiful option for any client making a pregnancy decision, yet most women are not accurately aware of what adoption is like today and may reject this choice because of outdated ideas or fears about adoption. Your clients count on you to tell them about adoption, even if they don’t ask you more about it.
Heather Featherston is the director of A Lifetime Adoption, a nationwide adoption agency serving clients nationwide since 1986. On the cutting edge of adoption, Lifetime has developed an adoption app and the popular book So I Was Thinking About Adoption…, a resource for any woman considering adoption. Heather has worked with pregnant women for more than 18 years.
Are you seeing fathers in your pregnancy center? Find ways to interact with other local organizations to recruit and serve dads. You can create a dad-friendly environment to meet the needs of the full family walking into your center every day.
Jeff Fater, LAS
Jeff Fater is the men's coaching manager at RETA in Elkhart, IN and meets with men and couples. He previously served as a board member. His passion is for building strong families and seeing fathers meet their potential as they fulfill responsibilities.
When a woman seeks an abortion, the crisis isn’t the pregnancy. A Continuum of Care program in your clinic is designed to remove the client’s crisis challenges that are causing her to want to abort. Learn how you can save even more lives with a Continuum of Care Program.
Lori’s work with a pregnancy resource center in Pittsburgh, PA started over 18 years ago when she realized that her own personal story of facing an unintended pregnancy at 17 could be used to encourage others to choose life and empower them to pursue their dreams. She now serves as the national director of client services at Human Coalition.
Fundraising and friend-raising are critical for ministry and mission. Fundraising Dynamics offers essential tips for engaging new donors and increasing long-term support.
When we talk to current and future supporters of our organizations, we reach hearts best with the stories we tell. We see the stories every day, but how do we tell our donors effectively? Dive into the heart of storytelling to make fundraising more successful every day.
Cindi Boston, LAS
A long-time leader in the pregnancy help community at the local, state and national levels, Cindi Boston was named Heartbeat International's Vice President in January 2016. She previously served on Heartbeat’s Board of Directors and played a role in passing a state resolution honoring the work of pregnancy help organizations and directing funds for specific services covered under TANF in Missouri. Cindi has worked in the business, education and non-profit sectors in Kansas, Ohio, and Missouri since 1985.
Writing award-winning grants is an art. It takes practice and patience, and then we wait for a response, but if we never apply, we will never be funded. In this workshop, learn grant writing skills that can apply to small and large grants and foundation applications.
Catherine Wood, BS, LAS, SRA
Catherine Wood has worked in the relationship education field since 1987 including the award of several state and federal grants since 1998 totaling over $30 million, and is founder and president of Relationships Under Construction, a top-ranked curriculum. In 2007, she founded Pregnancy Resources of Delaware County, Ohio.
Disintegrating communications and episodic fundraising can confuse your supporters, hurt engagement, and squash growth. Through contemporary research and real world examples, discover how to raise more support and improve overall outreach effectiveness through holistic donor development strategies and leveraging today’s communication technology.
Trent Dunham is president of Dunham+Company, a global leader in serving nonprofit organizations with offices in the USA, UK, and Australia. He is an in-demand expert in integrated marketing, fundraising, new media, and strategic communications.
In this fast-paced workshop, explore the dynamics of building a powerful development team (even when funding is tight!). When we’re finished, you’ll have the tools to recruit, train and encourage a motivated group of advancement “Ninjas,” bonded together to fund a God-sized vision for your ministry.
Kirk Walden is Advancement Specialist for Heartbeat International and writes a weekly column at PregnancyHelpNews.com. An author, speaker, former pregnancy center director, and expert fundraiser, Kirk’s monthly newsletter, Advancement Trends in the Life Community, is complimentary to Heartbeat affiliates.
How can networking increase both your donor and client base? When your team is involved in some sort of business or community networking group, connections to your organization are easier to make. There are pros and cons, but networking done right can increase your territory for supporters and clients.
Bev Oswalt is in her fourth year of work with Elizabeth’s New Life Center. She has served in many roles, and is now the director of development. Her previous experience includes working with youth and teens in social work as a teacher, mentor, and supervisor of a teen summer employment program.
Have you ever had a vision for your organization that seemed impossible because of a shortage in funding? Do you feel like you lack the time and resources required to raise those funds? Here’s a step-by-step process on how to launch your large vision, bring quality people around you, and build your organization to be able to function—even without you.
As co-founder and CEO of Save the Storks, Joe concentrates his efforts in two key directions. First, he proposes new projects, avenues and ideas to help guide the fulfillment of Storks’ mission in groundbreaking and revolutionary ways. Second he cultivates and nurtures professional and personal relationships with high-capacity donors. His strength comes from his vision, and unique fundraising approaches.
Go deeper by discovering how abortion is affecting - and is affected by - the bigger picture of our world in Gaining Perspective.
Get the inside perspective on the strategies that lead to success in the pro-life cause in Latin-America. This year is an essential year for cause in the continent, and we’ll share knowledge and insight about why.
Maria del Pilar Vazquez Calva & Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR
As a native of Mexico, Pilar has first-hand experience of the strength of Mexican women. As a licensed attorney in Mexico, she has witnessed the importance and impact of real pro-women’s work. Pilar also has 10 years of experience at the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and the European Union, lobbying and supporting delegates on social justice, immigration, and human rights. Father Agustino Torres is a priest with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in the Bronx, New York.
Do you communicate the pro-life message intelligently and graciously? Learn to refute the logical fallacies of “pro-choice” rhetoric by appealing to science and philosophy—without the need of vitriol and angry dialogue. You can make the case for life confidently and persuasively with wisdom and skill.
Can sidewalk advocacy benefit your pregnancy help organization? With Sidewalk Advocates for Life, some organizations have seen as much as a five times increase in women visiting their center. Create a strong partnership with sidewalk advocates in your area, and help encourage a loving, woman-oriented approach on the sidewalk that brings more women to your doors.
Lauren Muzyka, Esq.
Lauren Muzyka, a licensed attorney in Texas, serves as executive director of Sidewalk Advocates for Life. For over two years, Lauren served as campaign strategist for the National 40 Days for Life Team, advising their 300+ campaigns in North America running a local campaign. She is a trained sidewalk counselor of almost 19 years, and has interned with Alliance Defending Freedom, Americans United for Life, and others.
How can you ignite the passions of pro-life youth in pro-life work? Come get equipped to recruit, manage, and mobilize pro-life youth, bringing a new generation into established organizations and utilizing their skill sets to join the battle for life.
After four years of putting her pro-life beliefs into practice at college, where she doubled on-campus events for Purdue’s Students for Life chapter, Anna worked in marketing and outreach at a local pregnancy center and now serves pro-life youth with Students for Life of America.
How can you get involved in legislative and justice efforts to help limit—and eventually end—abortion in America? Your voice can make a difference. Here’s how you can add it to the conversation to make abortion unthinkable for future generations.
Allan E. Parker, J.D.
Allan Parker is the president of The Justice Foundation, former professor of Law, and former attorney for Normal McCorvey, the Roe of Roe v. Wade and Sandra Cano, the Doe of Doe v. Bolton, in their legal efforts to reverse their cases. He also represents Operation Outcry which collects the testimonies of women hurt by abortion. He also represents The Moral Outcry (www.themoraloutcry.com), a legal effort to reverse Roe v. Wade.
Hear from a panel of former abortion clinic workers to understand what the abortion industry is telling your target client about abortion, and about you. Get specific tips on how to answer your phone, market and brand your center, and how to assess the urgency of meeting your client’s needs before she makes an appointment at the abortion clinic.
And Then There Were None Panel
And Then There Were None is an organization founded by pro-life activist Abby Johnson established to help workers in the abortion industry find new jobs and leave their positions aiding in providing abortions. This panel will consist of former abortion industry employees who have experienced from the inside the marketing used by organizations like Planned Parenthood to get women through their doors.
How does your organization minister to women and men in need of healing from past experiences of trauma and loss? Sharpen your approach with Healing Care.
How do you provide post-abortive counseling in areas where the clients may not look, think, or live like you? Take an out of the box approach to urban pregnancy help, so you can stop recycling clients with a genuine and relevant ACCESS plan for gaining real numbers rather than repeat comers. You will leave with seven practical things that every family needs in their quest for spiritual healing.
Krystl Johnson & Gordon Douglas
Join pastor/comedian Gordon Douglas and Philadelphia area director and counselor Krystl Johnson to explore pregnancy help in urban areas. Gordon has helped pastor a church on the edge of the inner city for over 20 years, and Krystl is the new director of a pregnancy center nearby. She has her masters in counseling and is co-president of Black Methodists for Church Renewal.
Discover three practical ways one church leads a vibrant abortion recovery discipleship ministry and serves as a resource to their area pregnancy help organizations. Learn ways we can become partners in compassion to minister to the post-abortive man or woman.
Allison Johnson, MHR, MAR, LAS
Reverend Allison Johnson serves as the director for Beauty for Ashes at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover, Maryland. She has designed a three-phased, nine-month discipleship program where women are healed, educated in the dynamics of abortion, and empowered to answer the call to abortion recovery ministry. It is her prayer that women will be encouraged to receive healing through her sharing of her own post-abortion story.
Grief and trauma are often buried deep in the heart of the clients who walk through the doors of our centers. Understanding the multidimensional therapeutic needs of women and men who have experience reproductive loss through miscarriage, abortion infertility, and stillbirths can help you serve them with good assessment and compassion. Join us for effective and experiential treatment strategies and practices that are essential to walking your clients through these types of grief, loss, and trauma.
Millie Lace, MSE, LPC-S, DCC
Millie Lace, MS, License Professional Counselor, founder/director of Concepts of Truth International, is an author and speaker, and has served as president of Arkansas Mental Health Counselor’s Association and presented at the United Nations. Her abortion story is featured on TV, radio, books, and documentaries.
Have you ever had a client who you thought was suffering from some kind of abuse? Learn how to identify the signs of abuse as you are serving your clients. During abortion recovery programs, large percentages of participants are discovered to have suffered from some type of abuse. Help invite these women to healing with Grief to Grace, an international retreat healing the wounds of abuse.
Carrie Johnson & Mary Lee Mason
Carrie Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the state of Texas. She is a member of the American counseling Association and certified through the National Association of Trauma Professionals. Carrie is lead therapist for New Heart of Texas and specializes in trauma-based therapies from several years of working with sexual assault survivors, and anti-trafficking initiatives.
This workshop will prepare you to identify symptoms of PTSD occurring in some women after abortion. You will learn about research on abortion recovery programs, showing statistically significant decreases in shame and trauma symptoms. You will be prepared to refer appropriate clients to these programs, and to educate health professionals concerning effective programs. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Martha Shuping, MD
Martha Shuping, MD is a psychiatrist and former pregnancy center director. She has trained leaders for abortion recovery ministry on four continents. An author of published research on the effects of abortion on mental health, she is a graduate of Harvard Medical School’s Global Clinic Scholars program.
Completing an abortion recovery process assists wounded men and women onto a path that leads to life, but does not guarantee an individual will remain on it. This interactive presentation outlines one organization’s abortion recovery after-care fellowship program that has grown and evolved over several years and invites your ideas and practices for inspiring abortion recovery participants to stay on the path that leads to a full life.
Wendy Giancola is the director of Post Abortion Transformation Healing (PATH) at the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center in Washington, DC. Since 2009, Wendy has walked with many women, individually or in groups, on their paths to healing and continues as a mentor to some of these women. Wendy holds a master’s degree in family studies from Kent State University and has received additional training from Stephen Ministry and the Lay Counseling Institute.
Presented by pregnancy help housing experts, Housing Helps highlights the process of extending care beyond the first visit, solidifying a life decision for a lasting impact.
How do you prepare your staff and volunteers for working with women in a maternity housing setting? It’s important to build resiliency in your staff and volunteers to ensure organization and personal health. Walk out with actionable strategies to radically increase stress-resilience for your staff and organization.
Valerie Harkins, LBSW
Valerie Harkins has been an advocate for life and the most vulnerable populations for 13 years. After overcoming her personal experience with homelessness, orphanhood, and unexpected pregnancy, Valerie became a licensed social worker, specializing in interpersonal relationship violence and Attachment Theory. Today, she serves as the director of programs at Lifehouse of Houston, a residential housing ministry for women experiencing an unexpected pregnancy.
Dive into the practical steps that go into starting any maternity home by walking through the journey of In My Shoes maternity home in Dallas in 2017. Walk through steps like filing a 501c(3), creating a board of directors, renovating and designing a property, and the beginning stages of programming and policies and procedures.
Maria is the executive director and co-founder of In My Shoes. Her journey started several years ago when she worked for two years at a home for pregnant women who were homeless from 2009 to 2011 in Phoenix, AZ. With a team of peers, she started the maternity home, In My Shoes in Dallas in 2017.
Do you have the tools to help those who have experienced sexual abuse, misuse or trauma? Help the women you work with to overcome and no longer be ruled by the pain from their past, whether in a maternity home or a pregnancy center.
Amber McCutcheon realized in 2010 that never dealing with her lifetime of sexual abuse was affecting her in every area and in every relationship in her life. As a part of her ongoing healing journey, she has taken what could have destroyed her and is using it to bring beauty and healing to many others. HOPE (Healing Our Past Experiences) began at the Parkland PRC in Park Hills, MO in 2011 as she reached out for help and was asked to help others in return.
Learn how to interact with and mitigate the impact of complex trauma in the lives of clients. Understanding the impact of trauma is key to understanding your client’s behavior. Gain tools and systems to manage this behavior in your maternity home.
Suzanne Burns is founder and executive director of Foundation House Ministries, a maternity home and training program for pregnant and parenting women in critical situations. She is a Certified Family Trauma Professional and has spoken regionally on the impact of chronic trauma, chronic poverty, and Jesus in the lives of the young women Foundation House serves.
Learn how a servant leadership philosophy can strengthen individuals and teams in maintaining a soft heart of compassion in working with those hurting from life challenges. We’ll explore strategies to equip and empower those who hear and see tragic suffering to serve with empathy, compassion, and a true servant’s heart.
Carla M Campbell, MBA, Rev.
Carla Campbell is the owner of PS91 Enterprises LLC and founder/president of House of Refuge Ministries, Inc., a faith-based non-profit providing supportive services to families in abuse in the St. Louis and Dallas metro areas. She brings 30+ years of leadership business expertise to provide business leadership solutions to those who want to make their dreams a reality by starting a business.
The New Beginnings (TNB) believes the next step in the pro-life movement is to provide a framework to provide long-term housing for single mothers and their children. TNB has been providing transitional housing for single mothers with up to three children and this workshop will provide insight and answer questions for programs thinking about expanding their program to include long-term care.
Nadege Borgat has been involved in residential transitional housing for about 10 years. She experienced it as a client and is now the head of an organization that provides housing for single mothers.
Marketing is key in connecting to a community, particularly as you seek to extend your reach to the women and families in your sphere.
When building a website for your organization, there are three audiences that absolutely must be considered: clients, supporters, and search engines. How do you appeal to a woman who needs you or a donor who wants to help effectively online? It takes good messaging to both groups, but also requires your website to be optimized for search engines.
Tim Stephens is an employee of Heartbeat International and Extend Web Services and has served the non-profit community through web and digital design and development, graphics and illustration services, and digital marketing solutions for over six years.
Could you use some practical tips and information on managing a Facebook page as a pregnancy help organization? You can expand your reach on Facebook with simple, relevant management of your page. Kalie will walk you through from set-up to ongoing management for success.
Kalie Bunce is the director of community relations for Alpha Grand Rapids which operates two centers: Alpha Women’s Center and Alpha Men’s Center. Kalie first joined Alpha as an intern in her senior year of college, continued volunteering after graduation, and was hired on staff in the spring of 2014.
Is your organization taking advantage of Google AdWords Grants? Here are seven keys to applying for and making the most of Google AdWords Grants to effectively market where your clients are spending their time—online.
Bri Laycock, LAS
Bri Laycock is the senior director of ministry solutions at Heartbeat International. She regularly speaks at conferences around the world on topics like answering the hard questions about abortion and reaching and engaging young women through technology. She is a Google AdWords Certified Professional and currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and their son.
Whether you’re working with brochures, newsletters, emails, social media, or something else, reaching your audience requires special attention to communicate effectively to your audience. When you need to connect to clients, donors, or your community, find the language that works to draw them into your mission.
Lauren Bell and Andrea Trudden
Lauren Bell serves as a media specialist for Heartbeat International, managing social media, video editing, and designing materials. Andrea Trudden returned to Heartbeat as the director of communications and marketing after spending some time as a stay-at-home mom.
Broaden your organizational impact with an expanded perspective on reaching your most at-risk and vulnerable clientele. Envision a new way of creatively infiltrating Kingdom values through a relevant and exciting medical platform in the pregnancy help center. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Jordynn Griffith & Karolyn Schrage, RN, BSN
Karolyn is the executive director at LifeChoices in Joplin, MO and Jordynn serves as their advancement director. Together, they have implemented and grown the organization’s medical services and client marketing programs.
Explore what your website needs to accomplish to be strong and healthy as a legal entity representing your organization and learn how to judge your website’s content in regards to being a marketing vehicle and a legal representation of your organization.
Jacob Barr has worked on hundreds of pregnancy center websites. Advice and interactions from NIFLA prepared Jacob and his team to conduct several pregnancy center website audits in 2018. Jacob is passionate about pregnancy centers being legally viable, by staying out of harm’s way when legal risk can be avoided and does not deter/reduce the center’s ability to accomplish its mission.
Gain insight from medical professionals covering a wide range of topics related to your pregnancy help organization while earning nursing contact hours in Medical Advancement.
In depth descritption and demonstration of pregnancy termination techniques currently used in the US. Instrumentation, techniques and risks will be reviewed in detail by a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Dr. William Lile, D.O.
Founder ProLifeDoc.org, Dr. Lile is licensed to practice medicine in Florida and Alabama. Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Forman Chairman at Sacred Heart Hospital Department of OB/GYN Formed instructor with both the University of Florida and Florida State Medical Schools. Active private in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Pensacola, Florida. Recognized Nation Speaker and defender of the Preborn.
The symptoms of a culture in sexual crisis include unintended pregnancies, abortions, escalating STI rates and sex trafficking. A systemic approach to healing goes beneath the surface to find the systemic brokenness and address the ultimate healing from a holistic perspective. In this course attendees will learn to identify the steps recommended to integrate best practices for adding STI testing and treatment while addressing a holistic nursing perspective. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Karolyn Schrage, BSN, RN
Karolyn Schrage RN, BSN has served as a medical missionary for over 35 years in both Africa and America. As the Executive Director of the LifeChoices Health Network she and her team implement a systemic healthcare approach to a symptomatic crisis of unplanned pregnancies, STDs, and sex trafficking.
In this course nurses/attendees will learn how to performa a step-by-step flow-chart for a complete medical approach clinical to an infertile couple. They moreover will learn informations about the indications of in-vitro reproductive techniques (RTs), their real results and the health risks for the mother, for the embryos and for the baby after birth, and about the results of a different clinical approach, including gynecological and andrological evaluation of the causes of infertility, with the aim to treat them and obtain a natural conception, without the use of RTs. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Giuseppe Grande, MD, Ph.D.
Dr. Giuseppe Grande is medical doctor, endocrinologist. Ph.D. in "Sciences of nutrition, metabolism, aging and gender diseases". 2nd level master in "Sciences of reproduction". Post-graduate training in bioethics, andrology and reproduction. He is author of 25 scientific papers published in indexed, peer-reviewed journals. Medical doctor at the Infertility Clinic of the "International Scientific Institute "Paul VI" of Rome. Secretary General of Italian Movimento per la Vita (MPV)
The purpose of this workshop is to enable nurses to review the importance of issues related to complete, accurate, and timely documentation as a primary consideration in the provision of quality care in the Pregnancy Resource Medical Center and as a critical component excellent nursing practice. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Susan Dammann, RN & Christa Brown, BSN, RN
Susan is a registered nurse and trained educator on the issues involving life. Before joining Heartbeat as Medical Specialist in 2008, she served as Vice-President of Columbus Right To Life, Director of Education for the Center for Bio-ethical Reform, Director of Open Gate Pregnancy Care Center and Nurse Manager for Pregnancy Decision Health Center. Christa is a Registered Nurse who serves as the Abortion Pill Rescue Coordinator and Medical Specialist at Heartbeat International. She has worked for Pregnancy Help Organizations for over twenty years bringing diverse experience to the APR network. Christa believes strongly in educating and empowering women to make healthy choices in their pregnancies.
No woman in your community should be kept in the dark about options to rescue her baby. This workshop will provide the tools and information needed become a part of the Abortion Pill Rescue Network, assisting women who have started chemical abortion and are experiencing regret. Pregnancy help clinics throughout the world have a unique opportunity to expand medical services and assist women in a second chance to choose life with Abortion Pill Rescue. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Christa Brown, BSN, RN
Christa is a Registered Nurse who serves as the Abortion Pill Rescue Coordinator and Medical Specialist at Heartbeat International. She has worked for Pregnancy Help Organizations for over twenty years bringing diverse experience to the APR network. Christa believes strongly in educating and empowering women to make healthy choices in their pregnancies.
As PMC clinical teams grow and develop into a more comprehensive team than they had been initially, it is imperative to address change. We have seen and been part of both easy and difficult team transition and growth. Having seen the successes and the trials, we want to provide a pathway for optimized team development and expanded inter-professional team patient care. Executive Directors, RN's, RDMS's and Client Services Directors will all benefit from this panel of PMC team members sharing how they work together and avoid collisions as they serve their communities. It's not always easy serving in a stressful environment. Making a way for all to answer the call to serve those at risk, takes being aware and alert to what each profession is expecting. This session should serve as a strong foundation for inter-professional team development and optimized collaborative care, resulting in beneficial patient outcomes. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Connie Ambrecht, RDMS, GLCoach
Connie Ambrecht has worked in PMC's training and developing for over 20 years. Current trend reveals teams adding professionals with little knowledge of how to develop each while serving the community. Current team; RN's, RDMS's, NP, MA
Kari Haug RN, BSN has served as Nurse Manager as well as Director of Nurse Operations for Sparrow. Her teams have consisted of RN's, RDMS's, LCSW, as well as lay professionals.
Reflecting the core of Heartbeat International's Sexual IntegrityTM Program, Sexual Integrity features presentations that reinforce the proper expression of the gift of sexuality.
With a view to empower teens to avoid sexual risk, this workshop will share the latest statistics and research impacting teen sexual behavior and culture along with understanding emerging issues regarding consent, gender identity, and transgender youth.
Mary Anne Mosack, BA, SRAST
Mary Anne Mosack is the president/CEO of Ascend, a national membership and advocacy organization representing the Sexual Risk Avoidance field. She is the former executive director of Operation Keepsake, an SRA program still active in the Cleveland, OH area. During her tenure, over 27,000 students in 140 schools were served in the greater Cleveland area.
See the latest research on the devastating impact that sexting and pornography is having on the sexual health of our youth. The impact of pornography on behavior and attitudes can create unique challenges in pregnancy help. Learn how to identify those challenges with your clients.
Jodie Pickard is the chairman of Genesis Pregnancy Support Inc. based in Adelaide, South Australia and is team manager of beREADY Youth Empowering Sex and Relationships Education Programs delivered by this organization. She has been presenting to students in schools for over 10 years and is passionate to educate and protect our teens about the risks associated with casual sex and empower them to make wise choices.
When empowering teens to abstain from risky sexual behavior, it is critical to help them first understand what healthy relationships look like. Explore the key components of a new interactive Sexual Risk Avoidance Education “grant-approved” curriculum that focuses on helping youth navigate the dating process successfully while at the same time guiding them in building healthy and safe relationship habits.
Greg Schutte, MSW, LISW-S
Greg Schutte is the director of Marriage Works! Ohio, a department of Elizabeth’s New Life Center and has worked there since 2006. He also oversees the Relationship Education and Sexual Risk Avoidance Education for high school students in 11 different counties in Ohio.
This workshop will outline strategies to appeal to the heart of an adolescent. The presenter will define and model the Socratic Method of teaching which is a series of questions that elicits ideas from students. This workshop encompasses optimal health with issues regarding whole person health. The presenter will discuss the difference between directive and non-directive teaching styles. There will also be a demonstration regarding how to take the emotional temperature of a student and to teach issues regarding self-discovery, positive youth development, assets and resiliency, and hope for a positive future. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Joneen Mackenie, BSN, RN, CPSII, SRAS
Joneen Mackenzie graduated from the University of Texas, School of Nursing. She is a former 1st Lt. in the USAF Nurse Corp and is a credentialed and certified prevention specialist and a credentialed sexual risk avoidance specialist. Currently, she is president/founder of the Center for Relationship Education. Joneen also serves on the boards of the Ascend, the Medical Institute, and the National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education.
This workshop will outline the specific steps taken by public policy experts to deconstruct marriage and the family. Citations will be applied to all data regarding marriage rates and increasing cohabitation rates and how this affects the family, children and the culture. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Through this presentation, nurses, social workers, educators and other trained professionals will be empowered to consult with adolescent patients/clients one-on-one towards Optimal Sexual Health. Consequences of adolescent sexual behaviors will be presented as barriers to optimal health. The Transtheoretical Model for Behavior Change will be introduced as an assessment tool and the nursing process will be applied to the consulting format. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Marilyn Henderson, BSN, RN, SRAS
Marilyn serves as the director of the Science Department at Medical Institute for Sexual Health. She is responsible for overseeing the production and updating of MI’s medically accurate products. Marilyn comes from a nursing background in women’s health, as a certified nurse specialist in Infertility/Endocrinology and a certified sonographer in Ob/Gyn. She has been conducting Building Family Connections trainings, as well as Clinical Intervention trainings for Medical Institute, since 2014.
The heart of our work is spiritual. That's why Spiritual Refreshment addresses the spiritual dynamics pregnancy help leaders like you face every day.
Using lessons from the apostle Paul in the book of Philippians, we’ll learn how to weather the storms of adversity and persecution in pregnancy help ministry. We’ll expose our unrealistic expectations of ministry and face the often harsh realities of ministry: stress, perplexity, persecution, and discouragement.
Pastor Andy Merritt
Andy is the pastor of Edgewood Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia, where he has served for 40 years. In addition to his pastoral duties, Andy is one of the early pioneers and leaders in the Pregnancy Center Movement. In 1981 Andy led his church to establish the nation's first church sponsored Pregnancy Center, which now has had the opportunity to minister to 65,000 different woman.
Drawing lessons from Christ’s letter to the church at Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7) let’s embrace the most important priority in ministry which is maintaining Christ as our first love and greatest pursuit. Walk away with practical steps to return to Christ as our first love and keep Him at the heart of the ministry.
Working on the front lines with women and families in difficult situations is challenging to say the least. Come and be reminded of your calling from God and get the support and encouragement you need to continue facing the daily challenges of ministering to the brokenhearted.
Cathy Roberson is the clinical coordinator at Pregnancy Resources of Abilene, Texas. She is a retired elementary school teacher with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is passionate about people and devoted to her mission to impact others through the power of love and influence.
A balanced spiritual life helps you be the best “you” you can be. Find ways to stay spiritually strong by keeping first things first when it comes to living the life God has intended for you.
Dan Kulp is a comedian, actor, author, pastor, and singer. Three of his four children are adopted and have special needs. His perspective on the value of life is unique since he grew up in a family of nine kids (three adopted with Down syndrome).
This workshop will describe ways we are able to show clients and staff Christ’s love, how He lives in us and His ability through us to bring healing and hope to those we serve. We will spend time looking at ways we can show our clients and even be changed ourselves by going deeper into how Christ lived, loved, and set people free.
Anne touches the heart of her audience to help them see things form Christ’s perspective. Anne is director of ministry services for Loving and Caring. She has lived with over 200 pregnant women and continues to serve them in various ways. She is the author of the My Baby and Me workbooks.
Sharpen your tools as a helper by learning basic skills that will support you in any client interaction. Be empowered by learning how to best meet client’s mental and emotional needs and when it might be time to seek outside help.
Jordan Ronalder is the first clinic counselor at Pregnancy Resources of Abilene. She joined PRA in 2017 and has grown the professional counseling program over the last year, providing individual, couples, and crisis counseling to the clients of the organization as well as the community of Abilene, Texas.
Leading a staff of any size can be every bit as challenging as reaching and serving a client. Take the next step forward as a leader, or sharpen your existing abilities, with Staff Stuff.
“Form follows Function.” Designing an organizational structure that best facilitates reaching your goals is as important to pregnancy help organizations as it is to mainstream businesses. Take a look at your organizational goals to make sure you are truly focused on a healthy organization design that will help you meet them.
Bruce worked in management within the information technology industry and started and grew two construction industry businesses. Over the last several years he has used his experience to serve non-profit organizations: Habitat for Humanity and, most recently, the Alpha Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.
From recruiting and hiring talent, to developing your staff and fostering sound people practices, we'll address hot topics in managing your staff, as well as the legal cautions associated with each. We will also provide any timely legislative updates and address the HR challenges you’re facing.
Betsy Wetherby, Danielle White, J.D.
Before joining Heartbeat International in 2015, Betsy Wetherby served as Chief Human Resources Officer for highly rated law firm, Bricker & Eckler LLP, and has over 25 years of HR experience. Danielle White, a former Blackstone Legal Fellow, joined the Heartbeat team as Legal Counsel in July 2015.
Designed to help staff and volunteers identify and treat the phenomenon of burnout, this workshop is an opportunity to make sure you and your staff/volunteers are working in a healthy and effective way. We’ll also learn the skills we need to prevent and treat burnout for ourselves and others.
Kathleen Adams, BSN, RN, RDMS
Kathy Adams has been working in the field of pregnancy care for over 25 years. She currently serves as the clinic manager for Mend Pregnancy Resource Center in Tulsa, OK where she has served for the last 12 years.
Let’s face it: our ministries are changing. As we seek God’s vision for our ministries, this workshop helps equip leadership to more effectively lead and manage the change process. Learn to accurately define areas of discontent, clarify your mission, strategies, goals, and intended outcomes, and how to link them to the change process.
Amy Scheuring, M.Ed., LAS
Amy Scheuring is the founding director of Women's Choice Network, a network of Christ-centered medical clinics reaching out to women facing unexpected pregnancies in some of Pittsburgh's most vulnerable neighborhoods. Amy and her team helped lead the Network through a medical conversion in 2003 and a successful merger in 2009. Amy has two books sold in stores across the U.S. (Colton and the Big White Cake and Sex, More Than a Plumbing Lesson) and her resources have been used nationwide to promote sexual integrity.
Knowing your staff well is key to connect with them and communicate with clarity. Join us to identify individual communication strategies so you can effectively work with each of your staff members and volunteers.
Ramona Davis, CCNL
Before beginning her career in the nonprofit field in 1997, Ramona Davis ran a successful training and consulting program for early childhood organizations in Texas. Serving as executive director for Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Ministry since 2003, she has expanded services to include a program for women of sexual abuse, an abstinence-based sexual education program, and a resale store which is open to the community. She also serves as president of the Dallas Fort Worth Directors Coalition.
Use the essentials of the early church to strengthen your center, your leadership, and yourself for service. You and your team can be wholehearted in your ministry without exhaustion! Help sustain spiritual strength in yourself, your team and even your board with what you’ll take away from this workshop.
Julie Parton Ph.D. & Mary Margaret Gibson
Julie Parton, Ph.D., is an adjunct faculty member of Dallas Baptist University with a specialty in counseling techniques. Mary Margaret Gibson is the ministry director of Save the Mother, Save her Child.
Make the most of your ultrasound services and gain nursing contact hours thanks to Ultrasound Advancement.
This workshop will focus on unexpected abnormal findings when doing ultrasounds in pregnancy help organizations. A normal routine is often developed when scanning a normal pregnancy, but this workshop will focus on how to identify and better manage unexpected situations.
Bryan Williams, MHA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, RDCS
Bryan is a sonographer who manages a large multi-specialty clinic and multiple imaging departments in a hospital in Springfield, Missouri. He volunteered with the Pregnancy Care Center in Springfield for three years before shifting his focus to imaging education with Heartbeat International. He began his imaging career in 2001 as a Radiologic Technologist and then went on to complete his education in sonography in 2003. He is registered in Abdomen, OB/GYN, Vascular Technology, and Adult Echocardiography from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical sonography.
Scanning a first trimester OB can be daunting at times. However, each scan is more alike than they differ. This presentation will focus on breaking the first trimester scan down into systematic scanning techniques to allow for a more efficient scan granting more time to spend with the client. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Tammy Stearns, MS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R), FSDMS
Tammy serves as a full-time missionary in Nicaragua as the Director of Women's Ministries and a sonographer serving the poorest of the poor. Early in her professional career, she served as the program director of an accredited Diagnostic Sonography program and deployed the first medical mobile unit for the Pregnancy Care Center in Springfield, MO. She also serves as a consultant and ultrasound trainer for Heartbeat International.
In this course, nurses/attendees will learn valuable tips and tricks to make their transvaginal imaging examinations simpler. A systematic approach to locate and identify relevant anatomy will be discussed, as well as techniques to optimize the images. Normal first trimester transvaginal OB imaging will also be reviewed. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Kevin Rooker, RT(R), RDMS, RVT
Kevin Rooker is a Clinical Marketing Specialist for CIVCO Medical Solutions, field based in Poolville, Texas. He is a Registered Sonographer holding specialties in Abdominal, OB/GYN, Neurosonology, and Vascular technology. He has been a practicing Sonographer for over 34 years and has served as a faculty speaker and hands-on workshop leader at numerous educational events, including two previous Heartbeat International Conferences. Kevin feels called to be able to share his Sonography knowledge with the pregnancy center community.
In this course attendees will learn about the various types of ultrasound systems available in the marketplace. Attendees will be able to correlate the different types of ultrasound units to fit into what is best for their facility and those that will be scanning with the ultrasound equipment. The course will also explain the long-term cost associated with different types of ultrasound units and how that plays a role in the decision about what type of ultrasound system to purchase. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Hobie Sears, BSEET
Hobie Sears is an ultrasound industry veteran with more than 28 years of experience in service, sales and training in the ultrasound field. Working in the multi-vendor ultrasound community means that he works with many brands of ultrasound systems not just a single brand, this gives him broad insight into the entire market. He is a champion of the ultrasound modality and works with numerous Pregnancy Centers in his area. Hobie is married to a Sonographer, Cami, and they have 3 children.
In this course, participants will learn about safety measurements as it pertains to the use of doppler while performing limited obstetric ultrasounds in a Crisis Pregnancy Clinic. We will discuss the safety indices that will help end user gauge the power that is absorbed by the preborn baby. Participants will get an overview of worst-case scenarios in each scanning mode, and visualize the monitoring of eah scan. Participants will also learn about establishing safety protocols and procedures, as well as a recommended Consent for Scanning. Participants will get an opportunity to hear and review related literature regarding the safety of doppler. And get an opportunity to review reallive clinic scans showing both doppler, M-Mode, B-mode with measurement of MI and TI Values. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Roxanne Lamorgese, AHSE, BSN, RN, CEN, FNE/SANE
Roxanne Lamorgese is a forensic Charge nurse and medical manager for the Crisis Pregnancy Clinic of SoCal. Dan Steiner, president of Pre-Born has 27 years of PMC operational experience and has run the largest PMC in America in terms of women tested.
Limited OB ultrasounds performed in the PMC setting must of high quality for patient safety, legal risk reduction, and physician review and diagnosis. While numerous factors can cause images to be suboptimal and challenging, medical personnel need knowledge and skills to critique their images and utilize techniques to improve their diagnostic quality. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Audrey Stout, RN, RDMS
Audrey Stout, RN, RDMS, Vice President for Medical Services with NIFLA, and co-founder of SoundView Imaging Partners, a sonography training group. She has served with pregnancy centers since 1987, as a board member, a nurse manager, and facilitating medical clinic conversion, in addition to working in OB/GYN and high risk clinics. As an instructor for NIFLA's Institute in Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound team since 2000, Audrey challenges sonography students to always strive for excellence in knowledge, skills, and service.
Pregnancy help heroes are championing life every day across the European landscape. The venues for such life-affirming efforts vary from telephone/email/hotline/and online to actual office space. The daily, compassionate outreach to women and men dealing with an unexpected pregnancy is affected by but far removed from the political wrangling. Those called to this work are facing great challenges in answering the call to save and defend life. We invite all pregnancy help workers, and especially leaders, to gather together to share information and understanding as well as to gain insight from others.
Who should attend? Anyone involved in life-affirming pregnancy help – direct service to women facing an unexpected pregnancy – is welcome.
Along with plenary sessions that will inspire and inform, there will be breakout forums on vital topics that challenge all pregnancy help efforts – issues on leadership, fundraising, client care and the use of technology to more effectively reach clients and donors. These breakouts will be participatory in nature; as you plan which ones to attend, please come prepared to share your knowledge and experience as well.
English will be the primary language for plenary sessions and breakout facilitation.
What: Pregnancy Help Summit for anyone involved in life-affirming pregnancy help across Europe.
When: 17-19 October 2018
Where: The Crystal Hotel, Belgrade, Serbia
Click here to download a printable European Pregnancy Help Conference flyer.
Heartbeat International, the largest pregnancy help network in the world with affiliates on every populated continent, is pleased to sponsor this Europe-focused conference in recognition of the importance of growing relationships among all pregnancy help leaders. Pregnancy help leaders can find out more about Heartbeat at https://www.heartbeatservices.org.
by Jor-El Godsey, Heartbeat International President
There are very few instances where the label for clothing “one size fits all” is really true. This is because, for people both “size” and “fit” can vary widely amongst the “all!”
The same is true for organizations populated by people serving communities that both have diversity within, but are also different from other communities. An organization is best when it is more like an organism – able to adapt in such a way so as to leverage its greatest strengths in the best way to meet the mission amidst the unique needs of those it serves.
Pregnancy help can take many forms, or methods – from one time visits to extended care to full-on housing – all for our life-affirming mission. Similarly, at the heart of Heartbeat International is our mission to advance pregnancy help. Sometimes, that’s been a hand-in-hand effort actively consulting a steering committee through key milestones toward a fully functioning service location. Many other times, that journey has been guided only through various written materials serving as building blocks toward that same end.
The idea of Built by Design, a manual released in 2017, was to put those two concepts together into a multi-layered resource able to go far beyond the physical limitations of Heartbeat team members.
At Heartbeat International, our approach to pregnancy help is intentionally grassroots. Heartbeat was called into existence by local pregnancy centers and medical clinics when it formed in 1971. Today, maternity homes, medical clinics, adoption agencies and pregnancy resource centers are responding to a local need. What works in New York, New York, won't be the same as what works in Inskip, California – and it's more than just a difference of urban or rural. It's the local culture, the political climate, the fundraising sources.
Those kinds of differences affect everything in a local organization from a name for your center that will communicate a safe place for clients (as well as a worthwhile investment for donors) to the way you recruit volunteers. An organization can sometimes find a way to partner with schools teaching sexual integrity, and build a positive reputation with students who may need them in the future. Or an organization might be called to locate next door to an abortion clinic where a woman will see the pregnancy center in her scariest moments and walk a few more steps for a safer place.
Whatever a pregnancy help organization might be called to do locally, Heartbeat is ready to help. That's why our resources, conferences, and trainings draw from an experienced – and varied – team. And when a Heartbeat team member can't be there every step of the way for a new organization, the resources we've developed can.
In that way, Built by Design, a start-from-scratch guide to starting a pregnancy help organization, seeks to fulfill the key elements of Habakkuk 2:2 (NASB), “Then the LORD answered me and said, 'Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run.'” The vision for Heartbeat is to see more pregnancy help organizations and locations reach more of those in need. We “inscribed” that vision in the form of the various elements and how-to’s in order that those who read it, may run with their own vision of pregnancy help in their community!
This guide doesn’t so much condense the wisdom of all the other Heartbeat resources, as much as it connects them together to serve those with vision for life-affirming work in a God-honoring way. That's why, in addition to making it available alone, Built by Design is the key part to our Pregnancy Help Starter Kit, which includes written resources on everything from volunteer training to fundraising, strong leadership to legal considerations.
The Psalmist (95:1, NASB) describes himself as a “pen in the hand of a ready writer.” Our prayer for this field guide is that it would be found by “ready writers” being used by God to create new opportunities to bring life-affirming ministry to life.
Because one size does not fit all. YOUR community needs YOU, and Heartbeat is here to help.
At the end of Pregnancy Help Institute, we invite our attendees to write a letter to the Board of a pregnancy center who might be trying to decide whether to send staff for training or not. Every year, we are inspired by their reactions to working with other like-minded individuals as they sharpen their skills to continue serving on the front lines of pregnancy help. Here's what a few of our 2017 Pregnancy Help Institute graduates had to say.
Dear Board Member,
If you are looking for one single thing that you can do to grow the ministry that you are a part of, please consider sending your director to Pregnancy Help Institute. I know when the budget is tight it is hard to spend money and allow your director to be out of the office. But it is worth every penny. Equipping your director to do his/her job better is a huge part of Pregnancy Help Institute, but the encouragement they will find there, you cannot put a price tag on.
Sincerely,2017 Pregnancy Help Institute GraduateNew Director Track
If you are considering sending your medical staff for ultrasound training at Pregnancy Help Institute, please do it! It will equip your staff to not only learn/be able to perform basic ultrasound exams, but to give that mother a chance to view LIFE! Not only will they learn the skill of ultrasound, but they will also be encouraged spiritually to effectively help a mother see her unborn. Your staff will leave blessed when they go in, and blessed when they leave (Deuteronomy 28:6).
Sincerely,2017 Pregnancy Help Institute GraduateUltrasound Training Track
What I have discovered is how important it is to take some time away to refresh and rediscover our purpose and energize our soul for the work we do. Being a part of the Pregnancy Help Institute training in development has helped me not only affirm much of what I have been focused on, but also to discover new ways to take our ministry to the next level. Development involves everyone on the team, and I have taken away so many ideas that I can present to our team to help us be the best we can be.
This week, I have been challenged, affirmed, and inspired to take what we do for God to the next level. I can take my skill set and use it for so much good. I have met amazing people who I will keep in touch with and bounce new ideas off of. It is so important to value the resources we have through Heartbeat International and to allow your team to participate so that they are more equipped to serve women and their families and affect generations to come and most importantly, be able to put on the armor of God to do the work we have been called to do. It’s an investment for God.
Sincerely,2017 Pregnancy Help Institute GraduateDevelopment Track
The investment for the heartbeat International training is not only faith-filled, but full of amazing information that can and will be incorporated into our plans for the home. I firmly believe this is something new members, as we add them to our team, need to attend. Not only has it been an amazing and information-filled week, but it has renewed my fire and excitement for our ministry.
Thank you,2017 Pregnancy Help Institute GraduateLeadership Track
Interesting how opposition to our work tends to backfire, isn’t it?
Planned several years in advance for Chicago, Heartbeat International’s 2017 Annual Conference gathered over 1,200 life-affirming leaders in the heart of a state that is leading the way in chilling the conscience rights of its pro-life citizens.
Yes, states like Illinois, California and Hawaii are trying to squelch life-affirming options to abortion through the legislature. But no, their effort doesn’t seem to be having its desired effect.
The largest-ever pregnancy help conference, this year’s four-day event featured a star-studded cast of keynote speakers highlighted by syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, as well as pro-life leaders Anne Pierson, Jill Stanek and Ryan Bomberger.
Dr. William Lyle—a member of Heartbeat’s medical advisory council—also took the stage to tell his tremendous story, and attendees were treated to inspiring appearances on our main stage by the Benham Brothers and comedienne Anita Renfroe.
Add to this year’s keynotes 90 workshops, plus 15 in-depth-day opportunities and worship led by Matt Hammitt, and you start to get a snapshot of a movement that’s adding more momentum every day.
As one attendee said about this year’s conference, “There were no low-lights. Only highlights.”
Whether or not you came to this year’s event, you can download recordings of each keynote and workshop session (here).
And, mark your calendar for April 10-12, 2018, when Heartbeat International’s Annual Conference comes to Anaheim, Calif.
by Jennifer Minor, Editor/Writer
Somewhere between Pregnancy Help Institute and the Heartbeat International Annual Conference every year, there's a training gap. Individuals continue to take courses online at Heartbeat Academy, but that communal learning experience is missing.
That's why Heartbeat International developed ConCERT.
ConCERT is an advanced distance learning course to equip volunteer consultants with the information, skills, and perspectives that take them to the next level for providing effective consultation to individuals making choices in regard to sexual integrity, pregnancy, and parenting.Deb Neybert, MA, LAS says, "As a trainer, I enjoy getting to know the students, and reading their comments posted on our online forum. Often they have great insights to share with each other, and it enhances the learning experience."
Since The LOVE Approach training is a pre-requisite to ConCERT, students interact with peers that have had similar experiences. According to Neybert, "Students say the most exciting part of ConCERT is the practical application as they have the opportunity to respond to verbatim assignments and the on-line forum communication."
Besides all of these benefits, by the end of ConCERT, students earn 14 CEU's toward the Life Affirming Specialist Designation. That's enough to apply for or renew your LAS!
Tweet this! The next session of ConCERT begins on January 11, 2015, and registration is open now.
The next session of ConCERT begins on January 11, 2015, and registration is open now. Information on pricing, registration, and other important dates can be found here.
Learn more and sign up today!
by Jay Hobbs, Communications and Marketing Director
When leadership is discussed as a topic unto itself, most experts tend to zero in on models, theories, and examples.
How frequently should my team meet? How strictly should the Board abide by Robert's Rules of Order?
Should my title be Director? Executive Director? Grand Pooba?
As you may have guessed, the idea of sitting through an extended meeting to focus on these burning topics wasn't exactly on my Can't-Wait-To-Do List.
My fears were dispelled about 30 seconds into the Leadership track of this year's Heartbeat's Institute for Center Effectiveness.
Instead of wrangling about which leadership strategy has which benefits or holes in it, our facilitator, John Rue of Built to Lead, went straight to the heart when the starting gun fired.
John's point, from start to finish, was that, if we are ever going to lead—or even live—with freedom and conviction, the question of "Who" we are needs to be settled and fanned into flame.
Am I primarily a director? A leader? A pastor? A husband? A dad?
If so, I'm going to face an uphill climb any time any of those identities are threatened. Bad day at work? That's an assault on my primary identity as a director. Bad day at home? That's an assault on my primary identity as a husband and dad.
The biblical shorthand for all of this is idolatry. It's dethroning God and setting up something in His place. When we do that with our work, family, friends, or anything else, we're cutting ourselves off from our true identity: Believer, Son, Friend of God, Sheep. Not only that, but we're putting an astronomical burden on something (or someone) who was never intended to bear the weight of the universe.
That was the starting point for the week, where we focused on finding not "balance," but alignment between who we are and what we do. This is where our core identity aligns with our passion, and where work becomes a joyful outflow.
What's your primary identity? What are you passionate about? Do they line up? Maybe next year's Heartbeat's Institute for Center Effectiveness is a great place to find out.
As spring turned to summer, it was time for the annual Pan-African Conference, hosted by Association for Life of Africa (AFLA). This year's event was held in Livingstone, Zambia—a fitting place for trail-blazing missionaries to meet.
Heartbeat International was on site, standing alongside our brothers and sisters for life in every corner of the globe.
This year's conference, "Breaking New Grounds in the Kingdom of God," included missionaries for life from 12 countries and was keynoted by former Heartbeat International board member, Rev. John Tabor.
The represented countries were Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana, Ecuador, Brazil, and the U.S.
"It's an exciting time for AFLA as we continue to grow and adapt," AFLA President Barbra Nalavwe Mwanza said to open the five-day conference. "We must remain always adaptable, motivated, responsive, and client-focused."
Topics of focus for the conference included, "Where is the Church and the Theology of Life?", "Abortion in Africa," "Counseling Toolbox," "Healing the Wounds," "The Boardmanship," "How to Start a Centre," Natural Family Planning, Sexual Integrity, and Fundraising. But Africa, as Barbra pointed out to lead off the conference, could not hope to solve these problems without addressing the underlying life-and-death issue of the sanctity of human life.
Heartbeat International Director of Marketing and Communications Debora R. Myles brought her expertise to the conference, presenting a keynote entitled, "The ABCs of Marketing with Emphasis on Websites," and a workshop called "Fundraising Essentials."
In addition to Myles and Rev. Tabor, Lorraine Gariboldi, author and founding member of Heartbeat International affiliate Life Center of Long Island, spoke at the event, drawing from her leadership experience in a three-location setting.
Find out more about Heartbeat's International partners here.
We love hearing from you in the pregnancy help medical community.
Here's a sampling of what attendees said about the 2014 Heartbeat International Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. The Conference featured 78 workshops, including six each in the Medical Matters and Ultrasound Advancement tracks, in addition to two medically focused in-depth all-day workshop sessions and a special keynote from John Bruchalski, M.D., founder of Tepeyac Family Center & Divine Mercy Center.
1. "I feel much more confident after these workshops and webinars. Thank you!"Jo-Ellen O'Keefe, Pregnancy Help and Information Center (Ectopic Pregnancy, Audrey Stout RDMS)
2. "Very interesting and groundbreaking information – this will change things!"Reagan Nielson, Vitae Foundation (Update on Abortion Pill Reversal, Dr. Delgado)
3. "Dr. Delgado's presentation was so very exciting! It was interest peaking, informative and empowering. I'm grateful for his work and research regarding the APR. (Abortion Pill Reversal)"Jamie Koser, Heartline Pregnancy Center (Update on Abortion Pill Reversal, Dr. Delgado)
4. "Very creative teaching! Lots of light bulbs went off!"Cheryl Didrekson, Kimberly Home, Inc. (Flipping Uterus, Roxanne Ertel RDMS)
5. Amazing presentation! I have been scanning for 12 years and finally understood the anatomy of the uterus on U/S! Thank you!"Jennifer Snowden, New Beginnings Women's Center (Flipping Uterus, Roxanne Ertel RDMS)
6. "Super excellent."Katherine Niemiec, Family Life Services Clinic and Pregnancy Center (Flipping Uterus, Roxanne Ertel RDMS)
7. "Thank you! This was the most enlightening session of the week and worth the entire trip to learn these nuggets." Patti White, New Beginnings (Flipping Uterus, Roxanne Ertel RDMS)
Thinking of conserving power this summer?
Well maybe it’s time to think again.
This summer, Heartbeat International is partnering with the National Maternity Housing Coalition to pilot six highly interactive strategy sessions we like to call “Power Conversations.”
Short, sweet, and packing a punch, these 30-minute conversations are a perfect environment for maternity housing leaders at all stages of development and experience.
Here’s what to expect from Power Conversations this summer:
All sessions start at 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
Call-in Number: (559) 726-1300Participant Access Code: 705126
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