June 28, 2016

Rescheduled to June 28, 2016 Adapting Mindfulness for Conservative Christians

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Dr. Fernando Garzon, Psy.D.
Dr. Femando Garzon

Click here to view more information

 

Webinar Presenter

 

Dr. Fernando Garzon, Psy.D., is a professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies at Liberty University. His research interests and publications focus on spiritual interventions in counseling, such as Christian meditation, adapting mindfulness for Christians, applying grace in acceptance-based therapies (ACT, etc.), and inner healing prayer. Dr. Garzon also researches lay Christian counseling approaches (Freedom in Christ, Theophostic Ministry, etc.), Christian integration pedagogy, and multicultural issues. His clinical experience encompasses outpatient practice, managed care, hospital, and church settings. You may access many of Dr. Garzon’s articles at http://works.bepress.com/fernando_garzon/.

Abstract

Conservative Christian clients often have concerns about the Buddhist roots of mindfulness. Ethically, clinicians are called to adapt their treatments to address such religious cultural concerns. This presentation focuses on how to adapt mindfulness strategies to make them more accommodating to clients with Christian worldview concerns. Experiential activities will demonstrate several adapted techniques. Potential client responses to these interventions will be explored. Handouts for therapeutic use will be provided.

Participants will:

  1. Identify common religious concerns that conservative Christian clients have with mindfulness and learn how to respond
  2. Review the mandate in mental health professional ethical guidelines to provide multiculturally-sensitive treatment
  3. Practice adaptations to mindfulness that increase acceptability to conservative Christian clients and anticipate potential client reactions to adapted exercises and learn how to address these therapeutically
 
Click Here to Register
 

June 21, 2016

Maintaining a Biblically-based, Ethical Christian Counseling Practice in our Changing and Challenging Cultural Climate

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Daniel J. Schmid, Esq.
Daniel Schmid

Click here to view more information

 

Webinar Presenter

 

Daniel J. Schmid, Esq. Daniel Schmid serves as Litigation Counsel with Liberty Counsel, an international, nonprofit, litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family. With offices in Florida, Virginia, Washington, DC, and a presence in Israel, Liberty Counsel has hundreds of advocates around the world. Mr. Schmid received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. In 2012, he graduated from the Liberty University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Schmid was the Managing Editor of the Law Review and a member of the National American Bar Association Moot Court Team. Mr. Schmid received the Roger C. Bern Planning Award for his excellence in business and transaction work, and the Distinguished Service Award for his work managing the Law Review’s publications. He is a constitutional litigator specializing primarily in First Amendment law. In addition to his busy litigation schedule at Liberty Counsel, Mr. Schmid is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Liberty University School of Law, where he teaches First Amendment law, legal writing, and bar preparation courses. Mr. Schmid has appeared on Fox News; Glenn Beck’s program, TheBlaze; and is a frequent guest on local radio programs throughout the country.

Abstract

Christ called believers to be salt and light to a decaying and darkened world (Matthew 5:13-16). Christian counselors are to be no exception. Recently, much concern and controversy have been swirling around issues related to personal values, professional ethics, and legislation governing counseling practices. Christian counselors must strive to vigilantly voice their perspectives in the marketplace of ideas to proactively maintain Jesus’ vital calling on their lives and ministries as they continue to provide care and counseling to those who need His truth, restoration, and healing.

Participants will:

  1. Identify and understand the current challenges facing Christian counselors from recent legislation, state professional licensing entities, ethics boards, professional organizations, and educational institutions
  2. Understand the status of current litigation involving Christian counselors and counseling associations, and identify potential threats of litigation facing Christian counselors
  3. Identify and understand options available to Christian counselors to protect their counseling practices from the challenges and changes of the current cultural climate
 
Click Here to Register
 

July 19, 2016

The Neurobiology of Trauma: Effective Use of Expressive Therapies with Children

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Daniel Sweeney, Ph.D.
Daniel Sweeney

Click here to view more information

 

Webinar Presenter

 

Daniel Sweeney, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, RPT-S, is a Professor of Counseling, Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and Director of the NW Center for Play Therapy Studies at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. He is a past board member and president of the Association for Play Therapy, and currently serves on the editorial board for the International Journal of Play Therapy. Dr. Sweeney maintains a small private practice, has extensive experience in working with children, couples, and families in a variety of settings, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. He has published articles and book chapters on child counseling, play therapy issues, families and parenting. Dr. Sweeney is also author or co-author of several books, including Play Therapy Interventions with Children’s Problems, Counseling Children Through the World of Play, Sandtray Therapy: A Practical Manual, The Handbook of Group Play Therapy, and Group Play Therapy: A Dynamic Approach. His books have been translated into Chinese, Korean and Russian. Dr. Sweeney and his wife live in Portland, Oregon, near their four adult children.

Abstract

Trauma (whether physical, sexual or emotional) often results in significant and negative psychological and neurobiological effects in the lives of child victims. These effects point to the need for therapeutic interventions that recognize these realities, extend safety, and honor the developmental level of children. Expressive therapies (such as art, play, drama, and sandtray therapy) have established developmental, psychological, and neurological benefit. Such healing approaches provide a therapeutic distance and kinesthetic nature that helps young clients process intra- and inter-personal pain and experience abreaction in a safe environment. This Webinar will explore recent research on the neurobiology of trauma and the use of expressive therapies.

Participants will:

  1. Explore the fundamental psychological and neurobiological effects of trauma on children
  2. Be able to articulate the rationale for using expressive therapies with traumatized children
  3. Identify several forms of expressive therapies for use with traumatized children
 
Click Here to Register