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 Trauma / Individual Mental Health Track

The fields of trauma, mental health, and anxiety have become a part of daily conversation in and outside of the church. These sessions will provide clarity for those who desire to maintain a biblical perspective in working through their own challenges and also help those around them, in the areas of trauma, mental health, anxiety, depression, etc.  This track will have CEU’s available for clinicians and mental health professionals.

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Professional/Clinician
(CE/CEU Eligible)

Pastoral/Ministry

Church Members/
Group Facilitators

PLEASE NOTE: All times listed are PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME.
Please adjust for your own time zone accordingly.

Christian Mindfulness/Mediation: Tool for Spiritual Growth and Relationship as well as Clinical Intervention for the Treatment of Shame, Depression and Anxiety

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

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Dr. Tracy Jones, Ed.D, LPC, LMHC

Christian clients who suffer from anxiety, depression and the effects of shame are sometimes reluctant to seek therapy due to fear it will contradict their faith. Christian therapists can be equipped with interventions that incorporate this spiritually cultural perspective. This class will demonstrate the effectiveness of Christian mindfulness and meditation in treating clinical conditions. Research and case examples will be discussed, and you will be given tools you can begin to use in your practice today! SPANISH TRANSLATION AVAILABLE.

Treating Trauma: Clinical Approaches and Considerations in Working with Trauma and Complex PTSD

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Kyle Spears, MS, LIMHP, LMFT

Trauma is a distinct type of suffering that requires a certain level of skill. Various approaches to treating trauma will be explored along with ethical considerations. The neurological effects of trauma will be discussed as it relates to the body.

Finding Balance: Mental Health in the Full Time Ministry

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Sajjan Sharma, MSW

In a time where nothing seems to make sense and ministry is more challenging than ever, we want to make sure that we are doing what is right and helpful for our mental and spiritual health. Join us as we talk about the current climate and how to best navigate through it.

Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Trauma

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Dr. Jennifer Konzen

The experience of sexual abuse and molestation can lead to long term trauma or specific long-term effects. This class is both for those who have had these experiences and for those supporting others who have. We will explore understanding the trauma of sexual abuse and how to find paths of healing. SPANISH TRANSLATION AVAILABLE.

Racial Trauma in the Church: Having Eyes But Not Seeing

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

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Dr. Michele Smith, PhD, Danielle Edwards, MSW, LCSW, and Grisel E. Jimenez-Fas, M.D.

Systemic racism is present in the church and exacerbates other experiences of trauma. Mental health providers have a responsibility to address these injustices in truth and love and help create places where people can truly be seen and heard.

Art Resiliency for Trauma: Painting the Picture of a New Normal

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

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Dr. Amanda Sanders

Scientific research studies have shown art making alone can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, as well as increase focus, and stimulate the reward pathways in the brain. This should be no surprise when you consider that we were made in the likeness of God, our creator. However many of us stop making art in adolescence and early adulthood due to artistic insecurities or increasing work demands. This class will explore the intrinsic healing qualities of art, how it can be used to promote factors of resilience after trauma, and ways non-art therapists can incorporate art making into daily life and clinical practice.

Church Hurts/Religious Trauma: Finding Healing On Your Spiritual Journey

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

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Jennifer Lopez, MA, LPCC

No one anticipates getting hurt in a church setting where Christian behavior and attitudes are expected to be the norm. This class will explore ways to come to terms with religious trauma and discover ways to heal on your spiritual journey. SPANISH TRANSLATION AVAILABLE