There have been no greater advances in psychotherapy in the past 10 years than those that have been made in the field of trauma. In this session, Petitfils will discuss how various forms of traumatic stress, such as events, cultural trauma, chronic stress and even generational trauma, affect the mind, heart body and soul. Participants will learn to recognize previously undetected symptoms of trauma and learn the critical elements of building a trauma–informed faith community.
Roy Petitfils, MS, is a licensed counselor at Pax Renewal Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. Petitfils studied ministry and spirituality at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas and holds a master’s in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Louisiana. He has worked with youth and young adults for more than 20 years as a minister, teacher, school administrator, school counselor and now as a counselor in private practice. He specializes in counseling teens and young adults. Petitfils regularly consults with churches, publishers and organizations to help them more effectively reach and minister to youth and young adults. He is an expert at raising and understanding teenagers. Petitfils has published four books, including his most recent What Teens Want You to Know (But Don’t Tell You). Petitfils’ blue-collar roots, natural humor, contagious enthusiasm and diverse personal and professional background have made him an internationally sought after presenter and trainer. Petitfils lives with his wife Mindi of 13 years and their two sons Max and Benjamin in Youngsville, Louisiana.