Spirituality and Mental Health Conference

Trauma & Spirituality

Friday, July 22, 2016


Hosted by McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University

Location: 3001 Mercer University Dr.,

Atlanta, GA 30341,

Trustees Dining Room (TDR)



This workshop will focus on understanding how trauma can impact or be impacted by spiritual beliefs and practices. The presenters will focus upon practical application, including assessing religiosity and/or spirituality as a potential treatment barrier or resource, and integrating spirituality into trauma treatment. Particular attention will be placed upon issues that impact therapists’ sustainability in working with traumatized persons, including trauma exposure response and self-care.


Learning Objectives

  1. Define spirituality as a complex system of beliefs and practices that shape how individuals perceptions of self, the world, and the divine.

  2. Understand how spirituality can be fragmented during the experience of trauma causing existential crisis and moral injury.

  3. Integrate healthy spirituality and spiritual practices to create a holistic care [mind, body and spirit] model for healing from trauma.

  4. Explain risk factors and characteristics of trauma exposure response among mental health professionals.

  5. Evaluate methods for assessing therapist and caregiver risk of trauma exposure response.

  6. Develop self-care strategies for minimizing the risk of burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious traumatization in working with traumatized persons.


Who Should Attend
Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Pastoral Counselors, Chaplains, Clergy, and Community Workers


Continuing Education

6 core continuing education clock hours for psychologists (Area IV; pending approval from the Georgia Psychological Association) and licensed professional counselors (6 core hours; Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia approval #6496-16C). Social workers and marriage and family therapists may count this conference toward related continuing education hours. Workshop participants must attend the workshop in its entirety in order to receive any CE credit. No partial CE credit may be given for attending part of a workshop.



Chanequa Walker-Barnes, PhD

SJP_2868-1.jpgChanequa Walker-Barnes, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, practical theologian, and justice advocate who teaches pastoral care and counseling at Mercer University McAfee School of Theology. Her location at the intersections of psychology, spirituality, and social justice provide her with a unique perspective on the potentially debilitating impact of caregiver stress and vicarious traumatization. She regularly presents to and consults with clergy, clinicians, and community activists on issues of self-care and trauma stewardship. She is the author of Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength, as well as numerous peer-reviewed chapters and articles in pastoral theology and clinical psychology.

Teresa B Pasquale, LCSW, E-RYT 200

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Teresa B Pasquale Mateus is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher [E-RYT 200], Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy provider and integrative therapist utilizing mind-body medicine, meditation, yoga & movement, animal-assisted therapy, and creative & expressive arts to facilitate healing and recovery for issues of trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and addictive disorders. She is a noted expert on religious and spiritual trauma, and integrates spiritual care to support healing from trauma and to address existential issues related to traumatization. A frequent workshop and retreat facilitator, she is author of two books: Mending Broken: A Journey Through the Stages of Trauma & Recovery and Sacred Wounds: A Path to Healing from Spiritual Trauma.



Registration (includes lunch)

Early Bird Registration (paid/postmarked by June 15): $119

Registration (paid/postmarked after June 15): $129

Graduate Student $69 (no CEUs)

Final day for registration is July 20, 2016. There will be no on-site registration.