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301 | A Christian Approach to the Superhero Trauma Therapy Model

Abuse, Violence, and Trauma-informed Care, Friday 9/15 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Kathie Erwin, Ed.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




The appeal of “superheroes” permeates human history, both secular and religious. No matter the age, all people experiencing trauma want to be rescued and protected. Adverse experiences can lead to isolation, shame, and repeated traumatization. By blending professional expertise with biblical and faith-focused examples, this workshop will describe Superhero Trauma Therapy in a multi-modal approach that is spiritually affirming for Christian clients that licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders can use. Specific examples will be presented with historical, cultural, and biblical references for use within Superhero Trauma Therapy that can incorporate client values and strengths.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify metaphorical and theoretical concepts of Superhero Trauma Therapy
2. Utilize biblical and faith heroes to facilitate a new story in trauma processing with Christian clients
3. Create a new story with Superhero metaphors that respects trauma and healing from a faith perspective
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