May 31, 2016

Adapting Mindfulness for Conservative Christians

6 - 8:00 PM ET

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

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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
 
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June 21, 2016

Maintaining an Ethical and Biblical Counseling Practice in a Profession Increasingly Hostile to Christian Counseling

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Daniel J. Schmid, Esq.
Daniel Schmid

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Daniel J. Schmid, Esq. is 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 D.C., 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 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. Mr. Schmid is a constitutional litigator specializing primarily in First Amendment law. In addition to his busy litigation schedule at Liberty Counsel, Mr. Schmid is also 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 FoxNews, the Glenn Beck program on The Blaze, and is a frequent guest on local radio programs throughout the country.

Abstract

Christ promised Believers that the world would revile and persecute them for being His ambassadors. Matthew 5:10-12; John 15:18. Christian counselors are no exception. Almost daily, a new assault on Christian counseling emerges aimed at purging Biblical truth from the marketplace of ideas and silencing Christian counselors. Counselors must remain vigilant to protect their practices from such assaults and maintain Christ’s vital calling on their lives to provide Biblical counseling to patients desperately in need of His truth, restoration, and healing.

Participants will:

  1. Identify and understand the current threats facing Christian counselors from legislation, state professional licensing entities, ethical boards, and institutions of education
  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 increasing assaults on their Biblical counseling
 
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