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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.

Hotel and Conference Center Information

The Convention Site:

Hotel Site:

  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Keystone
  • 9450 Counselors Row, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240 
  • 2 min drive, 10 min walk to convention site
  • Discounted room rates with SpringHill Suites are as follows: $119/king bed studio suite, $139/double queen beds
  • Call 1-866-588-4116 and mention ACHHS convention or book online here: Discounted Rates ACHHS Convention
  • Email admin@achhs.org to inquire about sharing rooms with other convention registrants.

Local Amenities:

The Indy North Center is located just north of I-465 on the southeast corner of 96th Street and Keystone Avenue intersection, just 30 miles (less than 1 hour) from Indianapolis International Airport. IWU’s largest regional site is by the Lakefront at Keystone Office Park. Within a 10-mile radius are a wide array of restaurants, a bike path, recreation and picnic area, and fitness center. Visit popular attractions like Grand Park Sports Campus, Keystone Fashion Mall, Clay Terrace, Carmel Arts & Design District, Fishers, and Topgolf.

Whatever your budget or appetite, you’re likely to find a place your whole group can enjoy! This center is a 30-minute drive to the Indianapolis Zoo, world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Hamilton Town Center, and Conner Prairie. 

Other hotels in the area: Home2Suites by Hilton (Indy Northwest), Hyatt Place (Keystone), & Sheraton (Keystone) — Sheraton is nice, affordable and about 4 min drive from us, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240. We also have hotel rooms discounted for ACHHS convention registrants at $129/room king or double beds. Book online here.

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The Convention Site:

Hotel Site:

  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Keystone
  • 9450 Counselors Row, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240 
  • 2 min drive, 10 min walk to convention site
  • Discounted room rates with SpringHill Suites are as follows: $119/king bed studio suite, $139/double queen beds
  • Call 1-866-588-4116 and mention ACHHS convention or book online here: Discounted Rates ACHHS Convention
  • Email admin@achhs.org to inquire about sharing rooms with other convention registrants.

Local Amenities:

The Indy North Center is located just north of I-465 on the southeast corner of 96th Street and Keystone Avenue intersection, just 30 miles (less than 1 hour) from Indianapolis International Airport. IWU’s largest regional site is by the Lakefront at Keystone Office Park. Within a 10-mile radius are a wide array of restaurants, a bike path, recreation and picnic area, and fitness center. Visit popular attractions like Grand Park Sports Campus, Keystone Fashion Mall, Clay Terrace, Carmel Arts & Design District, Fishers, and Topgolf.

Whatever your budget or appetite, you’re likely to find a place your whole group can enjoy! This center is a 30-minute drive to the Indianapolis Zoo, world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Hamilton Town Center, and Conner Prairie. 

Other hotels in the area: Home2Suites by Hilton (Indy Northwest), Hyatt Place (Keystone), & Sheraton (Keystone) — Sheraton is nice, affordable and about 4 min drive from us, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240. We also have hotel rooms discounted for ACHHS convention registrants at $129/room king or double beds. Book online here.

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LGBTQ? Sexuality Issues in Human Services: Christian Perspectives & Strategies

ACHHS 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.

How can Christian helping professionals respond effectively when working with LGBTQ clients? More than most issues, Christian helping professionals may struggle when working with people who identify as LGBT or with related policy issues. Social Work Professor, Dr. King will discuss the varying terminology and frameworks– knowing what to do, say, or how to respond ethically in practice. The presenter will also aim to help attendees identify perspectives and strategies that may be important to consider when managing faith convictions and professional identity. This webinar is the first in the summer sexuality series and will seek to provide a helpful overview for how Christians can think about and approach these issues from a Biblical worldview.

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.

Positive Psychology: For Personal Use and Professional Practice

ACHHS webinars are free and open to paid members, Facebook group members (ACHHS or TCCSW), or if you are referred by a member, please include their name on your email when you rsvp.

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

To rsvp for this webinar, please send an email to admin@achhs.org. A zoom link will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

Discussion details:

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

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Social Justice: A Biblical View

ACHHS webinars are free and open to paid members, Facebook group members (ACHHS or TCCSW), or if you are referred by a member, please include their name on your email when you rsvp.

This webinar will not have CEUs available, but we are working to becoming certified CEU providers for future webinars.

To rsvp for this webinar, please send an email to admin@achhs.org. A zoom link will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

Discussion details:

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Working with Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

ACHHS webinars are free and open to paid members, Facebook group members (ACHHS or TCCSW), or if you are referred by a member, please include their name on your email when you rsvp. Only paid members can access the past webinars on our website. We are working to become CEU providers for Social workers, LPCs, & LMFTs.

To rsvp for this webinar, please send an email to admin@achhs.org. A zoom link will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

DrLoriReaves

Discussion details:

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

Human service professionals frequently work with families and children with cognitive disabilities and challenges. In this workshop, Dr. Lori Goss-Reaves will share her personal and spiritual journey as a Christian parent raising a child with Downs Syndrome and Autism. She will also share her professional experience with community resources and lessons she’s learned regarding how to best serve children with disabilities and their parents.

The goal of this presentation is to explore some challenges with parenting/providing service for individuals with special needs, particularly those with intellectual or developmental disabilities.  Along the way, Dr. Goss-Reaves hopes to encourage Christians regarding how this work can deepen our Biblical faith, and how Christians can become more empathic, effective caregivers.

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.

Integration of Christian Faith in Practice: Confronting the Challenges

ACHHS live webinars are free and open to members, as well as prospective members in our Facebook groups (ACHHS or TCCSW).  You may also attend if you are referred by a member, so please include their name on your email when you rsvp. Recordings of past webinars will only be accessible on this website as a benefit of ACHHS members.

To rsvp for this webinar, please send an email to admin@achhs.org. A zoom link will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

Integration of Christian Worldview
Integration of Christian Worldview in Practice

Discussion details:

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

In addition to the ethical challenges helping professionals often encounter daily with individual clients, patients or families, increasingly, workers face areas of moral tension between areas of  public policy and agency or professional expectations that may clash with their Christian faith. This discussion will identify key areas of tension between Christian faith  and professional practice and discuss implications and challenges for Christian professionals. Ideas for responding ethically using a worldview model will also be discussed along with a Q and A.

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.

Dissecting Critical Race Theory from a Pastoral Lens–Racial Reconciliation

ACHHS webinars are free and open to paid members, Facebook group members (ACHHS or TCCSW), or if you are referred by a member, please include their name on your email when you rsvp.

To rsvp for this webinar, please send an email to admin@achhs.org. A zoom link will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

Critical Race Theory-racial reconciliation

Discussion details:

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

When providing services in the health and human services fields, whether as a social worker, nurse, counselor, minister, human service provider, or even when teaching in these service oriented professions as a university professor, some Christians may experience conflict between their orthodox or Catholic Biblical worldview on how to approach helping others and the popular culture’s call to advance social justice systemically.

Pastor Alex Bryant of Alex Bryant Ministries will focus this presentation on:

  1. What does reconciliation look like from a Biblical perspective? How is it the same and how does this differ from established social justice initiatives?
  2. Considering reconciliation takes forgiveness for past wrongs, who should take the lead in initiating the reconciliation process?
  3. Racism affects us in many different ways; mentally, intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually. This is why it has been such an effective tool the enemy has used to cause division for centuries. What does it take to stop the vicious cycle from continuing? What tools do we have to fight against the strong urge to retaliate or harbor hatred in our hearts when we are the victims of racism?

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.

Dissecting Critical Race Theory from a Biblical Lens

ACHHS webinars are free and open to paid members, Facebook group members (ACHHS or TCCSW), or if you are referred by a member, please include their name on your email when you rsvp.

To rsvp for this webinar, please send an email to admin@achhs.org. A zoom link will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

Discussion details:

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

When providing services in the health and human services fields, whether as a social worker, nurse, counselor, minister, human service provider, or even when teaching in these service oriented professions as a university professor, some Christians may experience internal conflict between their orthodox or Catholic biblical worldview and their profession’s new cultural shifts that emphasize values of “diversity, inclusion, and equity at all costs”.

The goal of this presentation is to focus on clarifying some key tenets of CRT and then explore some key problems with CRT in light of Biblical truth, including the concept of sin and redemptive nature of faith. Along the way, Dr. Owens would also like to explore what is “redeemable” within CRT, and to discuss ways that compassionate, ethical Christians can still pursue biblical values of empathic care, justice, and loving thy neighbor while not compromising Scriptural truths.

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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