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611 | Manifestations of the Supernatural in Session: Discernment and Resources for Assessment and Treatment

Biblical Counseling, Theological Foundations, and Pastoral Care, Saturday 9/16 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Laura Holmes, M.A.; Michael Perron



Approved For CE

Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Sometimes things happen in a counseling session that cannot be explained in a secular manner. At these times, there is often a powerful sense that what is occurring is not of this world. In this workshop, participants will learn to identify when the supernatural has entered the counseling session. Assessment tools will be discussed and utilized in case examples. The presenters will provide participants with insight into the spiritual forces of evil that attempt to influence patients through agreement with lies. It will consider the 14 root spirits mentioned in the Bible and the remedy to be liberated from their influence based on biblical principles coupled with empirically-based techniques. Presenters will also discuss how clients can open themselves up to spiritual forces and prevent such influences on their lives.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the symptoms and manifestations of the spiritual realm versus mental health disorders
2. Explain how to assess spiritual issues in the counseling session with licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders
3. Outline various biblical and empirically-supported techniques that can be used with clients in session
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