LPCA GA Approval # 7390-17 for 3 hours (2 core hrs and 1 ethics hr) 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
- Honor 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 3 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.
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CLINICAL SUPERVISION OF CASES INVOLVING CLIENTS' SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS ISSUES
2:00 to 5:15 PM
This 3-hour workshop is designed to help clinical supervisors work effectively with therapists who have cases involving the sensitive issues of client religion and spirituality. The workshop approaches this topic as a matter of cultural sensitivity and cultural competence. The goal is to help clinical supervisors develop a keener awareness of possible issues of therapist’s counter-transference and boundaries in cases where a client’s presenting concern or underlying problem is tied to issues of faith.
RECOMMENDED (but not required) PRIOR TO THIS WORKSHOP: Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches for Working with Clients Who are Mad at God (Offered as same-day AM session).
LPCA GA Approval #CST (O) 024-17 for 3 core or supervisor contact hours of continuing education.
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LaVerne Stevens is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, Georgia Certified Professional Clinical Supervisor (CPCS), and NCC Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), licensed in Georgia and North Carolina, with 20 years of experience as a National Certified Counselor. LaVerne earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University. She earned her M.S. Ed. In Community Counseling from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and Doctoral Studies in Christian Counseling at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. In addition, to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, LaVerne is an ordained Protestant minister. 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 6 years, she has used her clinical and religious training 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 textbook; and her own book, “The Fruit of Your Pain: Experiencing Spiritual Renewal through Seasons of Struggle.”
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