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2021 The Tennessee Association of Pastoral Therapists Continuing Education Conference & Annual Meeting

September 10 @ 8:00 am - September 11 @ 5:00 pm

$20 – $75

Spiritual and Racial Abuse and Healing: Clinical and Ethical Response

Dr. David Thornton: Spiritual Abuse and Healing – Clinical and Ethical Response (Friday Sept. 10)

J. Bernard Kynes, Jr.: Racial Abuse and Healing – Clinical and Ethical Response (Saturday Sept. 11)

Friday evening, Sept. 10:

Spiritual Abuse and Healing – Clinical and Ethical Response

[1.5 hours CE in Ethics]

Dr. David Thornton

Spiritual abuse is both a systemic problem and a private nightmare. We will take a close look at poignant personal stories as well as current multicultural manifestations, leading to a discussion of ethical responsibility in our healing work. Even in therapeutic settings like ours where spiritual reality is acknowledged, too few know how to listen for the subtle overtones and echoes of abuse. Offering healing, empathy, and hope for the vulnerable and wounded, this presentation could change the way you practice.
Learning Objectives:
   1) to focus our understanding of the nature of spiritual abuse;
   2) to recognize the wide variety of forms it takes in different faith contexts; and
   3) to identify therapeutic strategies and responses.
Presenter: David Thornton (BA, German and Foreign Service, Baylor University, 1982; MA, French Literature, UCLA, 1991; MA, Clinical Psychology, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, 1997; MDiv, Fuller Graduate School of Theology, 1999; DMin, Lipscomb University, 2017) is an integrative therapist, incorporating psychotherapeutic training and experience with acute spiritual listening, theological training and pastoral experience. Deeply influenced by James Finley’s work in spirituality and trauma recovery, David works with individuals and couples to understand, heal, and release what blocks them from being more fully alive. He developed Lectio Intima, an adaption of lectio divina expressly for use by couples to enhance intimacy. He is under supervision (by Dr Richard Bruehl, LCPT) for licensure as a clinical pastoral therapist. A published author and songwriter and passionate cook, he is deliriously happily married to Dr Laura Kreiselmaier (LCPT); they have three almost adult children and three almost adult cats.

Saturday morning, Sept. 11:

Racial Abuse and Healing – Clinical and Ethical Response

[3 hours CE in Ethics]

J. Bernard Kynes, Jr., LMFT

This presentation will use the personal experience, historical material, and clinical vignettes to explore the existential and ontological dynamics concerning the meaning of Racial Abuse in clinical context. Participants will hear clinical stories of clients who have their own experiences of racial abuse and will explore systemic abuse of members of African Americans and other communities of color. Using concepts from My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem; How Emotions Are Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett; and Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Dis-inherited, participants will help create “possibility spheres” to help transform the lives of our clients and ourselves as pastoral clinicians.
Learning Objectives:
   1. To discuss concepts of Racial Abuse and its implications for individual, family, and group counseling psychotherapy.
   2. To discuss the ethical issues and implications of addressing Racial Abuse concerns for therapists and their clients.
   3. And, to discuss and consider practical ways to ethically and competently manage the trauma experienced from Racial Abuse dilemmas in clinical practice.
Presenter: J. Bernard Kynes, Jr. is an African American ordained Methodist minister (MDiv) and a state licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Georgia. He is a Clinical Member and an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and an ACPE Psychotherapist and Convener. He has been practicing psychotherapy since 1992. He is a husbands of 45 years, father of four and grandfather of four.

Conference Cost

(Must register by September 2nd to be included in food counts)

TNAPT Members: $50 full conference / $25 Friday only / $35 Saturday only
TNAPT Student Members: $35 full conference / $15 Friday only / $20 Saturday only
Non-Members: $75 full conference / $35 Friday only / $50 Saturday only
There is a $10 charge for the 4.5 hour NBCC CE credit documentation
(TNAPT’s 4.5 hours CE credit for LCPT’s is free)

Conference Registration is available at:


September 10 @ 8:00 am
September 11 @ 5:00 pm
$20 – $75
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Belle Meade United Methodist Church
121 Davidson Rd.
Nashville, TN 37205 United States
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