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Challenging Issues Open Forum Q & A

Due to popular request, the Association of Christians in Health and Human Services will host an open forum for members and prospective members to engage in respectful dialogues about challenging and controversial issues. We value a safe space for our diverse members who are theologically conservative Christians in health or human service professions to share about experiences at agencies with policies, cancel culture, and ethical dilemmas. This webinar will feature four panelists engaged in a discussion facilitated by a moderator, followed by Q and A between attendees and panelists.
  1. Are you looking for perspective or guidance on challenges you are facing in your current practice setting or community as a Christian practitioner?
  2. How can Christian human services practitioners effectively respond to challenging policies, diversity issues, cancel culture or other ethical or moral dilemmas in education? In practice settings?
  3. What is the best way forward for engaging individuals, families or the culture in difficult conversations about competing morals and values?
We don’t have all the answers but we are willing to discuss openly and honestly. We want to learn from each other, including from you. Please come with your questions or experiences to share with the group.

What is Diverse Discussions?

  • Live Discussions for Christian helping professionals and students; conversations, interviews, and Q & A with experts and professionals.
  • Topics include working with diverse populations and challenging issues from a Christian worldview.
  • Focus is on integrating faith and practice to increase skills, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage and serve others in pluralistic contexts.

Evidence-based interventions for women with DSM-5 diagnosis of past childhood sexual abuse

This session will include a description of work completed in early 2000’s, at University of Miami, in Women’s Mental Health Programs, with Dr. Sally Dodds. These women were diagnosed with HIV, but also had histories of being sexually abused as children, and a majority had diagnosis of PTSD. Co-occurring mental health disorders, stigma and shame had long prevented these women from seeking mental health services for themselves. Not doing so caused several risk factors tor these women and their families. The presenter will discuss the importance of serving all clients in the most competent way and using evidence-based practice models for working with this population of clients, in both individual and group therapy settings. Dr. Rhonda Hudson is an experienced licensed clinical social worker with 14 years working as a social work professor at a Christian university. She is currently in clinical practice in an EAP program.
Evidence-based Interventions for Working with Women with Trauma

What is Diverse Discussions?

  • Live Discussions for Christian helping professionals and students; conversations, interviews, and Q & A with experts and professionals.
  • Topics include working with diverse populations and challenging issues from a Christian worldview.
  • Focus is on integrating faith and practice to increase skills, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage and serve others in pluralistic contexts.

From Healing to Wholeness: A Christian Perspective on Emotional and Mental Wellness

Ebony Hudson is a licensed clinical social worker who is dual licensed in New Jersey and South Carolina. Ebony is most proud to add “author” to her list of accomplishments. Her book, “From Healing to Wholeness: A Christian Perspective on Emotional & Mental Wellness” shares how Christians can be healed and made whole mentally and emotionally. Using basic Christian principles, Ebony outlines specific, practical steps one can take along the path of healing. She also examines lessons we can learn from individuals in the Bible who had a relationship with God and struggled – and overcame – life’s challenges. This presentation will explore Luke 17 as the foundational basis for the book, discuss how it benefits Christians coping with mental health issues, and include a few book themes that can be applied when working with clients (believers and non-believers).

What is Diverse Discussions?

  • Live Discussions for Christian helping professionals and students; conversations, interviews, and Q & A with experts and professionals.
  • Topics include working with diverse populations and challenging issues from a Christian worldview.
  • Focus is on integrating faith and practice to increase skills, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage and serve others in pluralistic contexts.

Working With Folks From Latino Culture: Understanding their Christian Faith and Woke Influences

The Latino church, historically of conservative Catholic and Protestant faith, has been experiencing significant changes in modern times.  Liberation theology has been trying to influence the Latino church for a long time despite its strong fundamental roots in Scripture. Manny Elias has studied Missiology, preached in various locations, and also served as a missionary in Mexico. Kat Elias is a licensed clinical social worker of multi-racial heritage raised in Black Mexican culture. She has worked in medical social work in various roles, and currently works as a mental health educator for women, and co-hosts a Christian podcast with Manny. Together, the husband wife team will discuss how socio-political influences and different worldviews entered the church and how faith perspectives seem to have shifted for many Latino Christians. Manny and Kat will also discuss some cultural considerations when working with clients of Latino culture to help build better rapport and in applying to their practice. What is Diverse Discussions?
  • Live Discussions for Christian helping professionals and students; conversations, interviews, and Q & A with experts and professionals.
  • Topics include working with diverse populations and challenging issues from a Christian worldview.
  • Focus is on integrating faith and practice to increase skills, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage and serve others in pluralistic contexts.
Working With Latino Clients

Seeking Christian Unity in Times of Division

We live in challenging times where so many factors and issues can and do divide Christians. In the last year and a half, pastors and ministry leaders have wrestled with what is the best approach to Covid19, and what is the most Gospel-centered way to lead the church during times of polarization. As a physician and medical director of an urgent care center, as well as elder and pastor of a church in Southern California, Dr. Jason Ho found both of his profession and ministry calling to be stretched and challenged last year as some members of the congregation struggled with the direction taken by church leadership. Dr. Ho will share reflections of his experience during these times and lead attendees in discussing Christian unity in the midst of division. What is Diverse Discussions?
  • Live Discussions for Christian helping professionals and students; conversations, interviews, and Q & A with experts and professionals.
  • Topics include working with diverse populations and challenging issues from a Christian worldview.
  • Focus is on integrating faith and practice to increase skills, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage and serve others in pluralistic contexts.
Seeking Christian Unity
Seeking Christian Unity Webinar

Examining Non-abusive Spanking in Christian Households

For Christian parents, the Bible can be a source of guidance and strength to raise children with values and direction. Yet, research has linked conservative Christian parents to authoritarian behaviors or harsh parenting practice, including the use of corporal punishment. A literature review of the topic of corporal punishment provides extensive information regarding the factors associated with and the negative effects of harsh parenting.  In America, there are historical justifications for using physical force in child rearing. Today, many adults still advocate for the practice of spanking to bring children up “in the way they should go”. So what factors can result in a successful, non-abusive practice of spanking children? Kim Parker is a licensed clinical social worker who has over two decades of experience working with children and families. Gleaning from her own personal journey as a mother of three, her professional experience, and her current doctoral research on this topic, she will present preliminary findings on this phenomenological research. 13thwebinar What is Diverse Discussions?
  • Live Discussions for Christian helping professionals and students; conversations, interviews, and Q & A with experts and professionals.
  • Topics include working with diverse populations and challenging issues from a Christian worldview.
  • Focus is on integrating faith and practice to increase skills, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage and serve others in pluralistic contexts.

Using Scriptural Meditations to Heal Trauma

What is the impact of trauma on the mental and spiritual health of people of faith? How can clinicians use scripture to help bring healing and wholeness to their clients? The presenter will present for 30-40 minutes followed by question and answer/discussion.

What is Diverse Discussions?

  • Live Discussions for Christian helping professionals and students; conversations, interviews, and Q & A with experts and professionals.
  • Topics include working with diverse populations and challenging issues from a Christian worldview.
  • Focus is on integrating faith and practice to increase skills, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage and serve others in pluralistic contexts.

Christian Love: Ministering to the Traumas That Have Caused Gender Dysphoria

How do we stand for the truth but demonstrate compassion? What are the unseen family and emotional issues that can create dysphoria?

In this diverse discussion, part 4 of the summer sexuality series, David Pickup MA, LMFT, will draw from his decades of clinical experience working with gender dysphoric individuals to share about how there is no compassion without truth. Furthermore, by confronting the full truth of a matter, one can begin to heal from deep wounds in one’s past. Mr. Pickup will discuss the role of image transformation therapy (IMTT) as a therapeutic tool to disclose past trauma that can then unleash the healing powers of the mind. For Christian helping professionals, adopting Christlike compassion and working to develop safety and security for clients will allow this work, aka reintegrative therapy, to achieve mutually derived therapy goals.

Please note: As a licensed counselor and marriage and family therapist, Mr. Pickup does not practice nor promote what some might call “conversion therapy”. Nor will ACHHS, as a faith-based organization, knowingly host any presenters or educators who promote any unethical practice or practice that conflicts with our core faith beliefs. 

This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CEUs for Texas LPCs, LMFTs, and LCSWs.

 

  • Live Discussions for Christian helping professionals and students; conversations, interviews, and Q & A with experts and professionals.
  • Topics include working with diverse populations and challenging issues from a Christian worldview.
  • Focus is on integrating faith and practice to increase skills, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage and serve others in pluralistic contexts.

A Christian Response to Sexual Orientation Change

What is the balance of truth and grace in discussing contrasting views of sexual orientation change? How can Christian professionals add value to the discussion?

In this diverse discussion, part 2 of 4 sexuality series, Dr. James Phelan will present an academic appraisal of how secular informants view sexual orientation change efforts. As a backdrop to the discussion, Phelan will discuss these resolutions and contrast the topic of change according to a Christian worldview as well as fact-checking.  He will lead discussions of personal change, and practical ways to navigate a Christian worldview of change from that of a secular worldview of change.

ACHHS Diverse Discussions webinars are free and open to paid members, Facebook group members (ACHHS or TCCSW), or if you are referred by a friend or colleague. Please rsvp below.

We are working to becoming certified CEU providers for future webinars. Please check back on this post for updates.

The presenter will present for 30-40 minutes followed by question and answer/discussion.

What is Diverse Discussions?

  • Live Discussions for Christian helping professionals and students; conversations, interviews, and Q & A with experts and professionals.
  • Topics include working with diverse populations and challenging issues from a Christian worldview.
  • Focus is on integrating faith and practice to increase skills, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage and serve others in pluralistic contexts.
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