Spiritual Abuse:  Unpacking African American Response to Church Trauma

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Spiritual Abuse: Unpacking African American Response to Church Trauma

Clinical Intervention for spiritual abuse at the intersection of faith and trauma for African American congregants. NBCC Clock Hrs: 3

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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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The church has served as an epicenter of civil rights, economic growth, education, spirituality, social services, and a safe haven from oppression for African Americans. As a marginalized community that still experiences systemic and societal racism and race-based discrimination that manifests as psychological stress, African Americans historically have preferred religious coping strategies rather than formal counseling due to stigma and overall mistrust of mental health agencies. The intersection of church and trauma, known as spiritual abuse, now presents an emerging construct for clinicians to explore. The outcome of spiritual abuse can have traumatic impacts and cause clients to abandon their church and faith altogether. This training presents recent research on components of spiritual abuse, and its manifestation as trauma, betrayal, and religious struggles for African American clients. This training provides considerations for clinicians relative to ASERVIC and Multicultural & Social Justice Counseling Competencies while interfacing with diverse and marginalized clients. Implications for Clergy towards controlling spiritual abuse in their church environment will also be addressed.

NBCC Clock Hrs: 3

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9:00 - 10:30 am - Session 1

10:30 am - Break

10:30 - 12:15 pm - Session 2

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