LGBT-Affirming Therapist Guild

Understanding & Treating Religious Trauma: Negative Impacts of Purity Culture

  • 05 Nov 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 14


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2 CEUs, online via Zoom


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 post-graduate supervised Counselor-in-Training. 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 a LPC at Resolve Counseling & Wellness. She specializes in couples, parenting, and religious trauma concerns. Christy helps couples and individuals overcome the identity and sexual shame experienced in the context of religion. Through a person centered and ACT approach, Christy supports her clients with uncovering their personal values that inform important life decisions.

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