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Christianity and Same Sex Attraction: One Man’s Journey

  • How should Christians think about individuals with same-sex attraction and their struggle?
  •  What is the experience of a Christian with same sex attraction?
  • What is a Biblical view of same sex desire, attraction, orientation, and change?
  • What kind of change can God bring to individuals with same sex attraction? 
This webinar will explore these questions and more from the perspective of one man’s journey as a Christian walking the journey of same sex attraction, providing insights and guidance for Christian human service professionals, counselors, and social workers*. Daren Mehl is currently a pastor who previously identified as gay and shares his testimony of personal transformation through faith in Jesus. Daren has been married for 17 years and has two children. He has been active in ministry since 2017 when he became President of Voice of the Voiceless, a 501c3 focused on educating the public about the issue of homosexuality from a Christian perspective. Daren has appeared on several national radio, internet, and print media outlets sharing his testimony. *This webinar is not about conversion therapy. Neither the presenter, nor ACHHS or Indiana Wesleyan University endorse the use of “conversion therapy” also known as unethical, unproven, coercive attempts by a therapist to persuade or convert clients out of same sex attraction.

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.

Workshop Submission 2023 Conference

Not all workshops at the conference will provide CEs but all presenters are required to submit the following application form for review and approval. We invite you to submit workshop proposals for the following tracks: Direct Practice, Student Track, Social Justice, Macro, Clinical, Advocacy, Research, Higher Education, Cultural Competence, Community Organization, Ethics and Faith/Spirituality, Spirituality and Services Delivery. Workshops with a Biblical worldview will be given priority at our conference.

For the licensed clinicians, we are applying for CEs for social work and counseling through the ASWB ACE program. Please email the completed workshop proposal form to conference@achhs.org. The deadline to submit for review is February 15, 2023. When developing the learning objectives for a CEU awarding session, you may refer to this guideline for acceptable learning objectives: https://www.aswb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/ACE-Handbook-Acceptable-learning-objectives-list.pdf

At least 50% or 3 of the references, whichever is greater, should be current within the last 5 years.

Hotel and Conference Center Information

The Conference Site:

  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (GDLC)
  • 18220 Upper Bay Road, Houston, TX 77058
  • 17 miles from Hobby Airport, 47 miles from IAH Airport
  • Church contacts: gloriadei@gdlc.org 281.333.4535

The Hotel Site:

  • The Courtyard by Marriott Houston NASA is a 6 minute walk from GDLC
  • Breakfast included for ACHHS Conference guests (specify how many people, up to 4 per room, when you rsvp)
  • Discounted room rates: $149/king bed or double queens
  • Complimentary Self-Parking
  • Hotel has a 24 Hour Business Library, Boarding Pass Station
  • RSVP online or mention GD CONFERENCE when making reservations by telephone. Hotel – 281.333.0220 National Reservations – 888.236.2427

Other Hotels Nearby:

  • Extended stay of America 6 rooms at $65/night
  • 1410 E Nasa Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058 281-333-9494
  • RSVP at extendedstayamerica.com
  • Microtel Inn and Suites
  • 1620 E Nasa Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058 281-532-5254
  • RSVP at wyndhamhotels.com

Dining Options:

 The Courtyard has on-site Bistro serving breakfast, dinner and evening drinks

•       24-Hour Market – features a variety of sundries, food & beverages

•       Starbucks services through our Bistro

•       Many restaurants within walking distance of hotel (fast food and sit down restaurants)

Optional NASA Outing

Continue reading “Hotel and Conference Center Information”

The Conference Site:

  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (GDLC)
  • 18220 Upper Bay Road, Houston, TX 77058
  • 17 miles from Hobby Airport, 47 miles from IAH Airport
  • Church contacts: gloriadei@gdlc.org 281.333.4535

The Hotel Site:

  • The Courtyard by Marriott Houston NASA is a 6 minute walk from GDLC
  • Breakfast included for ACHHS Conference guests (specify how many people, up to 4 per room, when you rsvp)
  • Discounted room rates: $149/king bed or double queens
  • Complimentary Self-Parking
  • Hotel has a 24 Hour Business Library, Boarding Pass Station
  • RSVP online or mention GD CONFERENCE when making reservations by telephone. Hotel – 281.333.0220 National Reservations – 888.236.2427

Other Hotels Nearby:

  • Extended stay of America 6 rooms at $65/night
  • 1410 E Nasa Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058 281-333-9494
  • RSVP at extendedstayamerica.com
  • Microtel Inn and Suites
  • 1620 E Nasa Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058 281-532-5254
  • RSVP at wyndhamhotels.com

Dining Options:

 The Courtyard has on-site Bistro serving breakfast, dinner and evening drinks

•       24-Hour Market – features a variety of sundries, food & beverages

•       Starbucks services through our Bistro

•       Many restaurants within walking distance of hotel (fast food and sit down restaurants)

Optional NASA Outing

Continue reading “Hotel and Conference Center Information”

Antiracism & Christianity in Human Services

Issues of race, justice and antiracism are frequently at the forefront of conversation in human services and culture. This workshop will explore key questions about antiracism including:
  • What is antiracism from the view of current culture?
  • What are its key components and how is it the same or different from a Biblical approach to issues of race and justice?
  • What real issues of justice, oppression or racism continue to affect the Black community today?
  • How should Christian people helpers respond to both unhelpful views of antiracism and the real issues of race and oppression in our culture?
Presenter Kevin Briggins grew up in the inner city of Birmingham, Alabama where he was raised in a Christian home and in the black church. He and his wife Shulonda have been married for 15 years and have three daughters, Karis, Kinley, and Khloe. From 2017 to 2021 he served as a lay elder in a Southern Baptist church where he was heavily involved in racial reconciliation discussions and efforts. He is now cohost of the Off-Code podcast under the Center for Biblical Unity where he tackles important issues related to the black community. He has a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and has enjoyed a 20-year career as an intelligence analyst.   https://www.centerforbiblicalunity.com/

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.

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.
Last part of this series will be hosted in person at the ACHHS 2nd Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 21st 7:45pm!  

2022 Annual Conference CE information

Where identified, sessions in this conference are approved by Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program as part of the individually approved conference, For Such a Time as This: Serving an Unchanging God in a Changing World, approval # 1388, offered by NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA). Regulatory boards are the final authority on conference sessions accepted for continuing education credit. ACE conference approval period: 10/18/2022 – 10/18/2024. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 8 continuing education credits.

Notice to providers of New Jersey SW Continuing Education:
• ACE individual course approval meets the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners requirements for individual course approval pursuant to NJ Code 13:44G-6.4.16.
• Participation in the ASWB ACE Course Approval Program requires that the provider abide by all of the criteria set forth by New Jersey Administrative Code Title 13 Chapter 44 G Subchapter 6.

The following individual conference sessions have been approved for the credit amount and type listed below:

  • Parker- Applying Intersectionality and Implicit Bias Theories to Southeast Asian Refugee Immigrants Americans – 1 cultural competency credit
  • Johnson- Christ, the Center of Christian Therapy – 1 cultural competency credit
  • Vanderhoof- Faith, Self-Care, and Ethics in Today’s World – 1 ethics credit
  • Brown/Bailey- Declining Resilience in College Students: How Did We Get Here and Where Do We Go From Here? – 1 general credit
  • Lamberson- A Christ-centered 12-Step Study for Christians struggling with Addiction – a proposed model – 1 cultural competency credit
  • Sukhee Kim- Community Restoration: Opioid Crisis and Coordinated Care Strategies – 1 general credit
  • King- Ethically Working with Clients and Agencies When You Have Ideological or Moral Differences – 1 ethics credit
  • Vanderhoof- Youthful Offenders Gain Pro-Social Skills through Restorative Justice Intervention – 1 general credit
  • Sherr et al.- Social work, social services, and healthcare services exploration of Sabbath practices of Korean and American clergy from a research-informed perspective – 1 cultural competency credit
  • Wortherly- Anger Gets a Bad Rap – 1 clinical credit
  • Fishbaugh- Making Your Way into Their Reality: Meaning of Behavior in Dementia – 1 clinical credit
  • Glasscock/Hazel- Integrating Behavioral and Medical Care: Partners in Grace – 1 clinical credit
  • Eng- Examining Ethical Care for People with Dementia – 1 ethics credit
  • Hudson- Evidence-based interventions for women with DSM-5 diagnosis of past childhood sexual abuse (CSA) – 1 clinical credit

    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 14 workshops/sessions that are eligible for social work CE credit from ASWB. Social workers can earn up to 8 CE credits for completing this conference.

    An online conference booklet can be viewed here that provides details of the workshop title, presenter bios, session abstract and summary, learning objectives, primary audience and level of presentation, etc…

    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 the commencement of the conference. Attendees must:

    1. Sign in, sign out, and attend the entire session in person,
    2. Complete/submit online an evaluation for that session,
    3. Check off on each session evaluation form that they have attended in full,
    4. Presenters are not eligible to receive an ASWB issued CE certificate for presenting at their own workshop/session.
    5. Pay online $20 for up to 8 CEs total for the whole conference (not $20/session). This Paypal donation link will allow you to choose Paypal or pay by credit card. Please put $20.00 and in the optional note section, list the names of your CE sessions by presenter last names, i.e. “Parker, Johnson, Sherr et al., Fishbaugh, …”.

Non-CE Conference Certificate of Attendance

Any registered conference attendee who wishes to obtain a conference certificate of attendance from ACHHS for nonlicensure purposes, issued without the ASWB CE approval number, may do so simply by Donating $20 using the Paypal donate link. This Paypal donation link will allow you to choose Paypal or pay by credit card. Please put $20.00 and in the optional note section, write “Conference attendance certificate”. ACHHS will ensure conference attendance before issuing out an attendance certificate by email. If you wish for a certificate to be mailed to you, please put your address down on the note section. Thank you for your support of our nonprofit organization!

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.
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