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2018 Conference - The Spirituality of Trauma: How to Navigate Faith Issues when Patients are Healing from Trauma
Jesse Malott; A growing body of psychological literature is placing emphasis on faith, meaning, and purpose as having significant roles in trauma outcomes, both positive and negative. The purpose of this workshop will be to increase the clinician’s understanding of the spiritual and mental health sequelae following traumatic events, how to navigate unique cultural and individual factors that can impact the healing process, and practical steps the clinician can take to improve resilience and growth before and after traumatic events.
2018 Conference - Spirituality & Behavioral Health: Using Spiritual Interventions in the Process of Transforming Persons in Christ
Ana Wong-McDonald; Spiritual interventions are powerful tools in recovery. Such interventions were used in a spirituality group at an inner-city psychosocial rehabilitation program such that 100% of the participants achieved their treatment goals consistently over 3 years. This seminar will 1) introduce research on the relationship between spirituality and mental health, 2) describe the spirituality group as an example, and 3) address how to implement spiritual interventions in the process of transforming persons in Christ. This workshop will explore the who, what, why, and how of using spiritual interventions. Assessment tools and case examples will be discussed.
Ana Wong-McDonald; The stigma of mental illness is still very real in the church. It is up to us to help church leaders better understand congregants and parishioners with mental illness and know how to minister to them. This session will define what mental illness is, explore how the church responds to people with mental disorders, present survey results from churches in Los Angeles (CA) County, and discuss action steps that churches can implement to minister to congregants with mental health needs. Tools and resources will be shared.
Rachel Zahn, PsyD, and Karla Torres-Ferrer, PsyD, lead this workshop with educational tools to identify symptoms of depression with objective measures for screening.
Daniel Strosky, PsyD candidate and Berry Hulen, PsyD candidate. Working with traumatized patients can have a negative impact on a caregiver's spirituality. This session looks at causes of burnout, irrationality of evil and opening up to God through lament.