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 experienc

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 wor