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Salon: Understanding Religious Trauma and Abuse

Thursday, February 17, 2022, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Elizabeth Conover
Registration Questions
720-588-8375 (p)
Jennifer Gennaro Prokopchik
Education Committee Co-Chair
CSCSW Salon Series
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee
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Note: The originally scheduled Salon "Getting Older and Becoming an Elder", presented by Ruth Neubauer, LCSW has been postponed.

Religious trauma and abuse is becoming a topic that's been thrust more into the mainstream with the rise of political division in the last few years. While this topic was more commonly discussed regarding followers who had left cults or more easily-identifiably high control religious environments (Scientology, Mormonism, Fundamentalist Christianity), the topic has now squarely landed in modern "average" Evangelicalism communities, where the political division has caused higher numbers of people to re-examine these systems and begin to identify their experiences in them as abusive or traumatic. The subject matter isn't new, but the numbers of people seeking help around this topic has dramatically increased, and has also been fueled by more easily-accessed education via podcasts, social media, and online groups.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the difference between religious trauma and religious abuse
  • Learn about the common healing trajectory of people coming out of high-control religious environments
  • Discover helpful and unhelpful ways to assist clients on their journey with this topic

About Whitney:
Whitney Russell, LPC is a therapist and career coach who helps those who seem to have it all together *actually feel* that way. She works with clients and other therapists primarily using narrative story, attachment, and somatic modalities. She frequently presents on relationships, burnout, and other relevant topics her clients are facing. Whitney has a private practice and works with clients in Texas and Colorado.

Who Can Attend this Event?
This event is free for active CSCSW. Non-members may attend for $45. Current social work students may attend for free after submitting proof of student status (copy of valid student id, current course schedule from registrar, etc).