004:Sexual Identity and Faith: Helping Clients Find Congruence
Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D.
School of Psychology and Counseling
1000 Regent University Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
This workshop is on Narrative Sexual Identity Therapy, a client-centered, identity-focused approach to navigating conflicts between one’s same-sex sexuality and religious identity. Christians who struggle with a conflict between their sexual and religious identities have few options available. This training will include ethical and legal issues related to sexual and religious identity conflicts within the context of the counseling relationship. In addition, attendees will learn to be respectful and helpful to clients as they achieve congruence with their faith and sexual orientation.
• Apply knowledge about common milestone events in the formation of sexual identity to assessment in clinical practice of a licensed mental health professional or psychologist
• Develop competence in helping clients navigate sexual and religious identity conflicts in a client-centered manner
• Identify dominant stories (problem narratives) from multiple sources of influence in a client’s life