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414 | Where’s Your Anchor?: The Interplay Between a Biblical Worldview and Clinical Excellence

Counseling Skills, Techniques, and Empirically-supported Treatments, Friday 9/15 2:15 – 3:30 PM, Workshop Tracks


Jonathan Durst, M.A.



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




Since the pandemic in 2020, society has changed dramatically, which is reflected in the psychological profession. More people need services, and there is more demand for licensed mental health professionals to be both hope and light in a darkening world. Mental health professionals are specifically educated to be objective and aware of their own possible biases to meet clients where they are psychologically. In addition, mental health professionals are now encouraged by society, insurance companies, and licensure boards to approve all things that promote the client’s happiness, even if this goes against the professional’s clinical judgment. In this workshop, participants will explore the concept of Biblical Psychology and how to integrate the clinician’s sincerely held religious beliefs into practice without compromising the ethics codes proposed by state boards. Participants will learn specific techniques that integrate the Christian faith perspective with Christian clients without compromising the clinical standard of excellence. Participants will also learn how to engage all clients’ spiritual ideas and beliefs without getting into theological debates or proselytizing.

Learning Objectives

1. Articulate the concept of Biblical Psychology and how to integrate this concept into clinical practice without comprising ethical standards
2. Demonstrate specific techniques that can be used with Christian clients
3. Prepare for conversations about spiritual ideas and beliefs with all clients without getting into theological debates or proselytizing
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