After #ChurchToo: An Introductory Course on Purity Culture for Clinical Professionals: Homestudy (with Emily Joy & Dr. Jamie Marich)
A Homestudy course offering 4 CE Credit Hours
This online workshop aims to educate, inform and empower clinical professionals about the issues surrounding purity culture that lead to the crisis known as #ChurchToo, so that they can better serve their clients who are struggling with the aftermath of religious sexualized violence. Led by one of the leading authorities on the topic, the workshop will address the definition of purity culture and the history behind it, showing therapists why clients may be coming to them with problems caused by purity culture and the unique historical and cultural context in which it arose. Key theological concepts and doctrines that make up purity culture as well as the ways that they are most commonly manifested will be explained in this opening section. Next, the presenter will share case studies, both real-life and composite, of people affected by purity culture and the negative emotional, spiritual, sexual and relational consequences that often result from being steeped in it during formative years. She will also share from her own lived experience with the phenomenon. From there, anxieties therapists might have about not being theologically knowledgeable or feeling as though it is “not their lane” to attempt to deal with a client’s theological beliefs are addressed. This section addresses the very traceable, solid lines between purity culture and abuse/neglect/dysfunction in order to make the case that far from being a matter of theological obscurity or “sincerely held religious beliefs” that harm no one, purity culture is actually a risk factor for all kinds of negative mental, physical, and spiritual health outcomes and is absolutely an appropriate place for therapeutic intervention. Finally, the presenter and discussant lay out concrete strategies for addressing purity culture with clients, guided by these core questions:
What are the most effective ways to begin speaking about purity culture? What are other issues that arise as purity culture is dismantled, and how can therapists help their clients manage anxiety around those issues?
What strategies work best for those with specifically religious, body-based traumas?
How can therapists walk alongside clients in their process while also understanding the demonstrable fact that purity culture is a dangerous ideology that does not lead to health and wholeness for most?
Clinical counselor and trauma specialist Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, REAT, RYT-500 joins the course as the clinical discussant/co-presenter.
After this course, participants will be able to:
Completion of all modules, a course evaluation, and post-test is required to receive CE Certificate. Course evaluations are administered after completing all course modules. The post-test is comprised of true/false and multiple choice questions and requires a passing mark of 75%. Upon passing the post-test and completing the course evaluation, participants are emailed their CE certificates.
After paying for this course you will receive an email from Thinkific to complete your registration and receive access to your course dashboard.
You have 180 days to complete a homestudy course from the time that you sign up. After 180 days, you will be assessed a $25.00 administrative renewal fee to access and complete the course.
The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is approved by the following organizations to offer 4 continuing education (CE) credit hours for this course:
The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for counselors, social workers, and marriage/family therapists. Approval: #RCS091306
The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The Institute for Creative Mindfulness has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6998. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Institute for Creative Mindfulness is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Institute for Creative Mindfulness, #1735, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/16/2021 – 03/16/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 6 continuing education credits.
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