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When Dad Wants To Be a Woman

  1. How should Christians think about working with families with transgender parents?
  2. What are the experiences of children in families with a transgender parent?
  3. What Biblical principles should Christian helpers consider when working with families with a transgender parent?
Denise Shick is the founder and executive director of Help 4 Families Ministry and director of Living Stones Ministries. She is the author of six children’s books and several nonfiction books, including My Daddy’s Secret, Understanding Gender Confusion—A Faith-Based Perspective, and Transgender Confusion—A Biblical Q&A for Families. She is an ordained minister and has a BA in psychology. She is also a conference speaker and presents workshops on transgenderism and its impact on families. Denise has been interviewed on many faith-based radio and television programs. She has published articles in The Federalist, LifeSite News and American Thinker. Denise has led church-based support groups for people with sexual addictions and has assisted groups in an alcohol and substance abuse clinic. She served seven years in a Christian pregnancy center in several roles and implemented an abstinence program, for which she was the director.

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.

Faith, Maturity, and Professional Practice Bible Study

Due to popular request, the Association of Christians in Health and Human Services will host a 4-part monthly Bible Study series led by Dr. Michael Sherr. We believe in the discipleship journey. We believe that being grounded in the Scriptures and the Biblical Worldview will help us to overcome challenges in both our personal lives and professional work helping clients/patients. Whether you are a young believer or seasoned in the faith, this virtual Bible Study is open to all Christians who value the inerrancy of the Bible and who want to grow in their faith and professional practice. The Zoom link is for the last Friday of each month at 12noon-1pm Eastern Standard Time in July, August, and September. The series will culminate in person at the annual ACHHS conference on October 21, 2022 @7:45pm. Please feel free to drop in for one or come to all.

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2022 Annual Conference CE information

ACHHS has applied for consideration of individual conference approval through the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)  Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ACHHS is applying to offer CEs for all workshop and plenary sessions offered at the conference that meet the ACE program standards. Individual states may vary according to their acceptance of CE credits according to their licensing boards and will be the final authority on CE credits. View the list of available workshops here, including the 19 workshops/sessions that are currently under review for CE credit. Social workers can earn up to 8 CE credits for completing this conference.

Requirements to Receive CE Credits:

For the conference sessions that are approved for CE credit (up to 1.0 CE each), conference attendees who meet the requirements below will receive a CE certificate by email within 30 days of commencement of the conference. Attendees must:

  • Pay $20/conference online prior to attending the session
  • sign in, sign out, and attend the entire session in person
  • complete/submit online an evaluation for that session
  • check off on each session evaluation form that they have attended in full

An online conference booklet will be made available to all conference registrants 30 days before the start of the conference that will provide details of the workshop title, presenter bios, session abstract and summary, learning objectives, primary audience and level of presentation, etc…

Grievance Procedure:

Any individual who has a complaint regarding any aspect of the conference or CE sessions is encouraged to communicate in writing to the Executive Director of ACHHS or Social Work Consultant within 30 days after the conference. The Executive Director and Social Work Consultant will promptly review, investigate, and respond in writing within 30 days of receiving this complaint. For more information, of if you have questions regarding the workshop sessions, CE credit approval requirements, conference registration, or any other aspects related to the conference, please contact ACHHS at admin@achhs.org. To request special accommodations for your participation in the conference, please contact admin@achhs.org at least a month prior to your attendance to allow us time and resources to respond adequately.

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.
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