Queer Affirming Therapist Guild

Understanding & Treating Religious Trauma: Negative Impacts of Purity Culture

  • 25 Mar 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Registration is closed
1.5 CEU

UMKC Administrative Building & Conference Center, 5115 Oak Street, 2nd floor, Brookside Room

A box lunch from Einstein's Bagels is provided with registration. 


In the 1980’s and 90’s, sexual “purity” became a major focus in sectors of Christian culture within the United States. This movement, now referred to as “purity culture,” had detrimental effects, including stunted LGBTQI+ identity exploration; dissociation from one’s body; under-reported sexual assaults; and relationship struggles. Some clients experienced spiritual re-traumatization within counseling settings. Join us as we explore specific concepts taught within purity culture; impacts & developmental trauma; and resources for working with clients.


Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

·        understand specific concepts taught within purity culture

·        assess appropriate & inappropriate treatment approaches

·        learn & share opportunities for trauma & shame resilience



Amy Congdon is a counseling intern at Church of the Resurrection--Downtown. She comes to this work with a passion for individuals who are struggling with concerns of identity--gender, sexuality, spirituality/religion, race--particularly those who have experienced stress and trauma as a result of these identities. Christy Lanterman is an intern at Resolve group practice. Christy specializes in couples, parenting, and religious trauma concerns. Christy helps couples navigate concerns related to communication, conflict management, trust, intimacy, co-parenting, infidelity, and divorce.

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