Understanding and Treating Spiritual Abuse

About the Course:

Spiritual abuse is not just relevant for those who have been members of cults—-it is a very real condition that often occurs in individuals who have been abused, or who struggle with addiction issues. In this workshop, theories of spiritual abuse and approaches to understanding it are explored through pastoral, developmental, and clinical lenses. Generally defined as the use of God or religion as tools to gain power and control by the abuser, spiritual abuse is one of the most overlooked forms of abuse in clinical settings; however, the willingness to address it will give clinicians added insight into many of their clients and how to more effectively and holistically address treatment. Case studies, personal reflection, and other critical thinking activities will help participants understand how the construct of spiritual abuse is relevant to clinical practice and apply this knowledge to assessment and treatment planning.

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Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

About the Author:

Dr. Jamie Marich has worked in mental health residential treatment, and in chemical dependency treatment as an inpatient, outpatient, and dual diagnosis counselor. Jamie travels the country offering original workshops for counselors and social workers on a regular basis, and she serves as a contributing faculty member for several online universities.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors and social workers who seek knowledge about the wide-spread prevalence of spiritual abuse manifestations comorbid to other manifestations of trauma/abuse in clinical settings. It is appropriate for an introductory to advanced level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Define spiritual abuse from a pastoral, developmental, and clinical perspective

  2. Describe how spiritual abuse affects identity development in clients

  3. Identify the common themes amongst religious denominations and spiritual practices that have led to abuse experiences in individuals

  4. Assess for commonly encountered negative cognitions acquired by those who have been spiritually abused in the context of clinical symptomology

  5. Develop and implement treatment plans that are sensitive to the needs of clients who have experienced spiritual abuse

  6. Identify components of healthy spirituality that will assist in the recovery process

  7. Identify one’s own strengths and weaknesses in clinically addressing spiritual abuse and its various clinical manifestations

  8. Determine the best possible referrals for enhanced client care

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Course Number: 102088
Credit Hours: 5cr
NBCC Credit Hours: 5cr
Exam Fee: $34.85
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Format: Audio
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