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CEU Trainings

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Treating clients with deep emotional pain related to issues of faith.
LPCA GA Approval #6765-16M for 5 core hours of continuing education.

For therapists in public, community or faith-based settings who want to:

  • Improve treatment outcomes when working with clients whose anger is related to issues of faith
  • Gain tools for effectively exploring the client’s spiritual or religious doubt, fear and pain
  • Have a framework for helping clients when it seems like God didn't come through
  • Look at clients' perceptions of God as compassionate, judging, involved or distant; and its impact on what they expect from God
  • Honoring boundaries and important ethical considerations

Therapists often have to walk a fine line when working with clients whose presenting concerns or underlying issues involve matters of religious or spiritual anger.  The client’s journey in these areas can be laden with issues of grief, loss, blame, fear, doubt and pain, leading to situational depression and anxiety.  The delicate issues of spirituality, religion or faith are very personal; and for many clients, the notion of anger at a Transcendent Being is loaded with taboo, guilt, and shame. Dissonance between one’s experience and one’s expectations of their faith, their spirituality or their religion often brings up questions of justice and forgiveness, especially when trauma is involved.

The therapist must have the self-awareness of their own history and personal beliefs to join the client in the therapeutic process without crossing boundaries or denying their own possible counter-transference.  This 5 hour workshop is designed to help therapists address the sensitive issues of religious anger in an ethical and supportive manner using Cognitive-Behavioral interventions to assist the client in determining and meeting their goals.  The workshop approaches this topic as a matter of cultural sensitivity and cultural competence.  


LaVerne Stevens is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, and Certified Professional Clinical Supervisor, in private practice in Peachtree City GA, with 20 years experience as a National Certified Counselor. LaVerne earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University. She has her M.S. Ed. In Community Counseling from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and she did her Doctoral studies in Christian Counseling at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. She has worked in public, private and parish settings in the roles of counselor, clinical trainer, clinical supervisor and executive director for mental health and substance abuse programs.  In her private practice for the past 5 years, she has used her expertise to help clients develop whole-life (bio-psycho-social-spiritual) responses to the problems they face.

LaVerne is a trainer, speaker and author. Her publications include numerous cover feature articles for Counselor Magazine; a published textbook chapter on Clinical Assessment. In P. Ruiz & E.C. Strain (Eds) Lowinson & Ruiz’s Substance Abuse:  A comprehensive text book; and her book, “The Fruit of Your Pain: Experiencing Spiritual Renewal through Seasons of Struggle.”



Watch for the return of these popular training events

Integrative Strategies for Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Treatment Planning

See greater results with your most difficult clients!

How can you be more effective with clients whose symptoms are unresponsive to psychotropic medication or traditional therapeutic modalities?

In this six-hour training, you'll get principles for treatment plans that get to the heart of the matter. You'll strengthen your skills by learning about underlying factors, diagnostic considerations, and treatment add-ons for helping clients manage Addiction, ADHD, Anxiety, Bi-Polar Disorder, Depression, and Eating Disorders. What nutrients are most helpful for each diagnosis? You will learn to recognize when treatment unresponsiveness could mean that the problem needs a different kind of intervention.

In this training, LaVerne Stevens, LPC, NCC, MAC looks at the powerful benefits of fully integrating biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual recommendations and interventions for treating mental health and substance use disorders. 

Find out how nutrients and environmental factors affect mind, mood and sleep. We will look at sample treatment plans for addressing core physical and nutritional needs along with other ideas that can be incorporated into therapy to enhance therapeutic outcomes, make therapy a more positive experience, and potentially accelerate the client's therapeutic results. You'll leave with understanding and tools that you can use in clinical practice the next day.

PRESENTER: LaVerne H. Stevens, LPC, NCC, MAC is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who believes that the integrative care of clients--involving bio-psycho-social-spiritual domains--is beneficial for helping people maximize wellness and positive outcomes for treatment.  See more about the presenter here.

For more information, email:  Training@NewSeasonsCounseling.net
or call 678-788-6025