AINC Proudly Presents:
Religious Trauma and the Drive to Belong
Emily Stone, PhD, LMFT-S
September 15th 1:00 – 4:00 pmClick to see details of this event
This presentation will explore:
The human drive to belong
Developmental stages of spiritual formation
Religious belief transitions
Trauma inflicted upon leaving high-control religious groups
Spirituality as a development component is a growing topic of interest in the empirical literature and mental health community. Spirituality is a resource often explored by therapists with clients. For many individuals, such as those within the queer community, the relationship to this resource of spirituality is often complex and even triggering of traumatic memories of experiences, no matter the spiritual or religious upbringing of the person.
It is imperative that clinicians be prepared for these discussions and explorations with clients to provide ethical, quality care. Clinicians also must be aware of their own stories, struggles, and biases as they relate to spirituality and faith communities to decrease the likelihood of harm to the client around these topics.
Clinical best practices, particularly related to post-traumatic growth, will be discussed in this presentation. We will use case studies to explore common narratives and relationship dynamics among individuals experiencing traumatic effects from their religious involvement.
Who is Emily Stone, PhD, LMFT-S?
Emily is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 20 years of experience working with adults, couples, families, children, and adolescents. Her reputation as a therapist, supervisor, and professor is one of being open, courageous in dialogue, curious, and respectful of each individual.
Emily has taught psychology and counseling at the collegiate level, including graduate students, for almost 20 years. She is on faculty for the Psychology Department at Keiser University and the QTAP Certification Training for Queer and Trans-Affirming Practitioners. She is a Certified Queer & Trans Affirming Professional, an ADHD-Certified Clinical Service Provider (ADHD-CCSP), and a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator.
Emily enjoys working with individuals and couples from the LGBTQ+ community. She serves clients in South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Florida.
- 3 CEUs. Zoom Event.