Trauma to Resiliency Through Cultural Responsivity: H.E.A.T (Habilitation Empowerment Accountability Therapy)


Monday, August 19, 2019
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Session Type: Workshop

H.E.A.T. is a holistic, strength-based, trauma-informed model that emphasizes a positive and engaging approach to treatment. This intervention targets African-American males aged 18-29 who have become involved in the criminal justice system. The holistic approach of H.E.A.T. focuses on treating the complete person by addressing spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, environmental, and experiential factors that influence one’s sense of self, behaviors, and choices. The curriculum seeks to build on resiliency while validating life experiences to help the client address and resolve emotional and psychological issues. H.E.A.T. is spreading nationwide and is the only culturally responsive intervention of its kind in the country. The presenters will discuss why this intervention is important and will also cover the research that shows it is a promising practice.


Darryl Turpin
Co-Principal, HEAT Time

Darryl P. Turpin is currently a Co-Principal for a social justice firm, The Pinwheel Group. He is the principle investigator for clinical research with young black men in the criminal and juvenile justice system. Mr. Turpin serves as Chairperson on the PAL Coalition, a Drug Free Community (DFC) project in Louisville, Kentucky’s 7th Street corridor, focusing on reducing substance abuse among youth. Formally he was the Coordinator for the City of Louisville, Kentucky, Department of Public Health and Wellness, Men’s Health initiative. His work included oversight of the African American Male Empowerment Network. He is the immediate past chair of the Thurgood Marshall Action Coalition (TMAC), addressing inequities in the criminal justice system across the country. His prior work experience has been as Senior Technical Associate with The MayaTech Corporation located in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was the Branch Manager of Program Development for the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice. He provided oversight to various programs across the state of Kentucky, including the coordination of Prevention Councils, Mentoring Programs, Faith-Based Initiatives and Disproportionate Minority Confinement. Mr. Turpin was also the Director of the Drug Court Programs Office in Louisville, Kentucky where he provided oversight to adult drug courts, reentry and the Second Chance program. He also developed and coordinated the juvenile drug court, family drug court and the Turning it Around Fatherhood Program. As a Consultant, Mr. Turpin has worked with the Native American Alliance Foundation and provided technical assistance to Tribal Nations across the United States. Mr. Turpin also serves as faculty member for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the National Drug Court Institute, faculty member for the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Kentucky School of Alcohol and Drug Studies, National Black Addictions Institute and the Treating People of Color Conference. He serves as consultant to American University, National Treatment Alternatives to Street Crimes (TASC), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Mr. Turpin holds a bachelor’s degree in social work as well as a master’s degree in public administration from Kentucky St

Guy Wheeler
Co-Principal, The Pinwheel Group

Guy has three training videos that are sold around the country. His popular video “Absent Father” was so powerful the White House invited him to dialog and participate in the Fatherhood Initiative Program. He has been featured on CNN for his work in the field. At home, Mr. Wheeler presently maintains a clinical firm that works with the Misdemeanor (18-32 age group) Drug Court of Broward County, Florida. This practice provides evaluations, counseling, and prevention courses. His Drug Court experience dates back to 1990 at Broward Addiction Recovery Center(BARC) when he initiated the second Drug Court in the WORLD. BARC is one of the largest public treatment programs in the USA. Prior to drug court, he directed the first Day Treatment program in Florida for crack cocaine addicts. Guy works as a NBA consultant with the National Basketball Association(NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association. He also treats musicians and entertainers with special emphasis on the HIP HOP culture. Educationally, he has a MSW degree plus a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Studies. He is a Master Certified Addiction Professional(MCAP) and a Certified Criminal Justice Addiction Professional ( CCJAP) with over 30 years of experience in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse field.