"Clients often bring concerns to therapy that don't show up on the intake form. The initial counseling session may reveal anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, but a few sessions in, we often begin to hear other themes emerge. Sometimes, those themes include the client's questioning of their previous religious beliefs or disengagement from their religious upbringing. These themes may emerge within a narrative of spiritual abuse, but they may just as often be free of serious religious trauma. Either way, the client is experiencing a fundamental shift in belief as they question the foundations of their religious identity. This crisis-of-faith experience is often called ""faith deconstruction,"" and can leave the client feeling insecure, disoriented, and alone. Regardless of our own religious affiliation, counselors can support clients going through the process of faith deconstruction.
This interactive webinar will discuss the research, the presenter's experience, and resources for both counselors and clients."
Dr. Pam Jordan is a counselor educator and LLPC supervisor, but her primary professional identity is as a counselor. She works as a full-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Counseling program at Spring Arbor University, supervises 10 LLPCs, and sees several clients each week in private practice.
Michigan Counseling Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.