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Webinar with Sandra Wilson

A webinar on December 3, 2021 at 1pm Central Time.

Sandra Wilson is a speaker, former therapist, now a spiritual director, and a renowned author of three Christian psychology/counseling classics: Released from ShameHurt People Hurt People, and Into Abba’s Arms. For those who register before Friday, December 3, we’ll send a copy of one chapter from each book, since we’ll be discussing her books, as well as her more recent work as a spiritual director.

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Is It Well With My Soul? Confession & Lament Conference

Confession & Lament in Christian Soul Care

The Psalms invite us to put our most difficult experiences into words and share them with God. Research on therapy has found psychological benefits from journaling and talking with others who are safe and empathic. The Gideon Institute sponsored a two-track conference where we heard from therapists, pastors, theologians, and sufferers speak about addressing sin and suffering by talking with God and others. It was held on October 29-30, 2021 in partnership with the Julianna Poor Memorial Counseling Center of Houston’s First Baptist Church. Held live at the Downtown campus of Houston’s First Baptist Church, speakers and attendees will be able to attend in-person or online. Access to the video recordings will be sent to registrants or can be purchased below.

Conference tracks:

  1. Therapist Track: Four sessions on Fri afternoon, Oct 29, starting at 12:30pm, & Friday evening at 7pm with singer/songwriter Andy Gullahorn and Christian mental health advocate, Kay Warren.    $100 includes 3 CEUs
  2. Laypersons/Ministers Track: Friday evening at 7pm, Oct 29, with Andy Gullahorn and Kay Warren, & four sessions Sat morning, Oct 30, starting at 8:30am.    $25

Students can attend the entire conference for $25.

The Friday evening concert and talk only, with Andy Gullahorn and Kay Warren, is just $10.

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Therapist Track

Confession and Lament in Christian Therapy

Friday, October 29


Rev. Greg Brown, Spiritual Director, Impact 360 Institute Time of Spiritual Preparation, Meditation, and Prayer

11:30am-12:45pm: Lunch on our own

12:30 pm Worship & Welcome

1pm Opening session

Welcome:  Michael Cook, Director of the Gideon Institute of Christian Psychology &  Counseling 

Opening Session:   Eric Johnson & Adam Mason Is It Well with My Soul? Why Confession & Lament are Therapeutic

2pm Workshops for Mental Health Professionals, Session 1

Rick Marrs, Ph.D., LPC, Professor of Pastoral Care, Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis Lament, the Theology of the Cross, and Christian Soul Care in the 21st Century

Natalie K. Pickering, Ph.D., BCC, MISCP, High Places Coaching and Consulting Therapeutic Confession: A Consideration of Barriers, Bridges, Do’s and Don’ts 

Diane C. Lamberson, LCSW-S, Gideon Counseling Center, HBU Hidden Crosses – The Impact of Bearing Burdens Alone on the Body of […]

Carditive Psychology & Carditive Therapy

A Christian Model for Understanding and Working with the Heart

 Presented by Dr. Eric Johnson, 2021 AACC Waymaker World Conference

Christianity is a religion of the heart. In this workshop, we will consider how the heart can be understood as a psychological construct similar to, but different from, the mind and the focus of activity in psychotherapy and counseling when working with emotions, relationships, and the unconscious. Part of our time together will be spent practicing techniques that take people into their hearts.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:

  • Articulate a Christian framework for licensed mental health professionals and psychologists working with the emotions, desires, thoughts, behaviors, and interpersonal experiences of Christian clients, rooted in their identities as adopted children of God
  • Utilize distinctly Christian techniques for modifying the emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and relational patterns of Christian clients, including empathic attunement, self-differentiation, distress tolerance, and emotion detachment
  • Distinguish features of therapy that work with the mind and the heart, according to recent research on both psychological constructs
  • Analyze the stories of Christians in light of the narrative structure of Christianity to promote emotional and relational change

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