Heartbeat International Academy offers life-affirming leaders, staff members, volunteers, and supporters with access to online webinars and courses on a wide variety of topics. In the Academy, you'll find trainings on our core foundational materials, as well as on topics on everything from the history of abortion in the United States to fundraising basics, and from prenatal diagnostic tests to implementing STI testing in your center.
Use the links below to explore the different ways you can use the Academy to enhance the knowledge and skills of you and your organization.
June 12, 2019 | 12 PM EST | $7.95 for affiliates
When you have a good relationship with some in the media, you have a better chance of getting your story out there. Cultivating these relationships in a respectful and effective way is a great strategy pregnancy help organizations can implement right away. Join us Wednesday, June 12 and not only will you learn how to overcome your fears of the media, but also how to use media power for the good of your organization by cultivating positive media connections and connecting with gatekeepers that will help get your story in the right hands.
Dustin Siggins is founder and owner of the publicity firm Proven Media Solutions. A former pro-life journalist, he has been published defending life and PRCs in publications such as The Daily Caller, Hot Air, The Hill, National Review, National Catholic Register, The Stream, and LifeSiteNews. His pro-life clients have likewise received significant national and state-based coverage because of his work.
June 19 | 12 PM EST | $7.95 for affiliates
This webinar will equip client advocates and pregnancy support workers with practical tools to share about adoption with every client in a way that is trauma-informed and honoring to their story. We will discuss how to avoid becoming coercive when talking with each client about her options (adoption, parenting, and abortion). We will talk about real-life examples to help you feel confident in the counseling room as you quickly build rapport with your clients and point them to truthful information so that she is equipped to bravely pick the best option for her and her baby!
Christy Harmon, LMSW serves as the Program Director of Pregnancy Counseling at Lifeline Children’s Services where she oversees counselors in 8 states. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Auburn University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama. Throughout her life Christy has been involved in work that serves women in unexpected pregnancies, including serving as a client advocate with a pregnancy resource center for four years, and then as a pregnancy counselor at Lifeline for two years before becoming the supervisor of the team. She is extremely passionate about adoption as she was adopted as an infant and has a beautiful relationship with her birthmom and birthfather. She resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and 8 month old daughter.
Thursday, June 20 | 1 PM EST | Complimentary
This free webinar is the annual check-in with the National Maternity Housing Coalition. What are the projects we've committed to? What is the status of past projects? What are we hearing from homes in our network? What are doing to build up the maternity housing world? Jump on to the webinar to learn more about the discussions taking place and to share your thoughts!
ConCERT is an advanced distance learning course created by Heartbeat International. ConCERT is appropriate for any individual currently involved in a pregnancy help ministry who wants to gain confidence and take their current skills and knowledge to an even higher level. The next session of ConCERTwill cover consulting considerations, fertility, conception, fetal development, sexual integrity, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, abortion risks, and much more. By the end of this training, you will earn enough CEU's to apply for or renew your Life Affirming Specialist Designation. Registration is open now, and the next session starts January 28. Click here to learn more!