Special Ethical Issues: Spirituality and Gender Nonconforming Clients

Special Ethical Issues: Spirituality and Gender Nonconforming Clients

$81.00$106.00

Thursday, January 31, 2019

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Council for Relationships – University City

4025 Chestnut Street First Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19104

 

3 APA and AASECT* CE Credits Available 

 

Workshop Description

Coming to terms with one’s sexual orientation or gender identity when that part of the self does not conform to the norms of family or community of origin, and is not supported by those institutions, can be a challenge to a person’s ability to feel worthy of love and self-acceptance.  Clients whose sexual orientation and/or gender identity are also proscribed in their religious community have another dimension in which they may struggle with feelings of self-worth and being accepted:  to the question “am I worthy of love as I am?” is added “what is my place in my religious community?  Am I worthy of the love of a higher being?”

According to the Gallup poll, almost 90% of people living in the United States believe in God. However, only 29% of mental health professionals believe that addressing religious issues is important in the therapy process. This course is designed to enable clinicians to evaluate their own competency in integrating spiritual, sexual and religious issues in their work with clients. Additionally, therapists will learn to determine whether clients would benefit from the use of spiritual interventions. Finally, this workshop includes issues of informed consent and maintaining professional boundaries when using spiritual and sex therapy interventions.

 

Workshop Level – Advanced

 

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, the learner participants will be able to:

  1. Identify their own histories, values and attitudes toward religion, spirituality and sexuality in therapy.
  2. Discuss their own competency in addressing religion spirituality, and sexuality in therapy.
  3. Distinguish their own histories, values and attitudes toward gender nonconforming clients.
  4. Assess when gender nonconforming clients would benefit from the utilization of spiritual interventions in the therapy process.
  5. Apply informed consent and identify professional boundaries when using spiritual and sex therapy interventions in the therapeutic process.

 

About the Presenters

wanda sevey therapist council philadelphiaWanda Sevey, MDiv, LMFT is a licensed Couple and Family Therapist and an ordained minister in the progressive United Church of Christ. At Council for Relationships she directs the Clergy Training Program, is Director of the New Jersey Offices. Also, she teaches and supervises in the Department of Couple and Family Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University and the Postgraduate Program at Council for Relationships. Ms. Sevey is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Relationship Enhancement Therapy, and has led anger management and sexuality/intimacy groups. She is interested in helping clients of all (or no) religious and faith backgrounds explore the connections between their own spirituality, religion, sexuality and relationships.

 

Kim Ludwigsen, PhD, CST is an integral part of the clinical training program at Council for Relationships (CFR), Philadelphia, PA. She teaches postgraduate MFT (marriage and family therapy) interns and also Sex Therapy trainees. Additionally, she conducts experiential workshops in sexuality (sexual attitude reassessment programs) for CFR’s postgraduate trainees and other professionals interested in earning credentials towards Sex Therapy certification. Dr. Ludwigsen is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  She earned certificates in couples and family therapy and sex therapy at CFR, and a Doctorate in Human Sexuality from Widener University. In addition to her responsibilities at CFR, Dr. Ludwigsen maintains a private practice in Voorhees, New Jersey specializing in individual, relational and sex therapy with a wide range of clients seeking help in these critical areas.

 

Workshop Details

Thursday, January 31, 2019

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Council for Relationships – University City

4025 Chestnut Street First Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19104

 

3 APA and AASECT* CE Credits Available

Council for Relationships is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Council for Relationships maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

* This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 3 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information about certification, please contact info@aasect.org.

If you wish to receive AASECT credit for this workshop, please be sure to choose the ticket that covers the price of the certificate ($25). 

Council for Relationships staff and current students: visit your password-protected page for information regarding staff and student rates. Please contact Tiffani Smoot, Academic Administrator for alumni rate and questions.

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Event Details

Start date: January 31, 2019

End date: January 31, 2019

Start time: 09:00 a.m.

End time: 12:00 p.m.

Venue: Council for Relationships University City, 4025 Chestnut Street First Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Phone: (215)382-6680x3236