Working with Clients with Religious/Spiritual Abuse

Jun 16, 2024 09:00am -
Jun 16, 2024 12:30pm

Event Description

Working with Clients with Religious/Spiritual Abuse

Spiritual abuse, a form of coercion and control within a spiritual context, inflicts deep emotional wounds on victims. This workshop delves into the manifestations of spiritual abuse, including manipulation, enforced accountability, censorship, secrecy, and pressure to conform. Participants will learn how abusers misuse scripture and religious authority, coupled with claims of divine mandate, to dominate victims. The workshop also addresses the isolation victims often face and offers strategies for clinicians to identify and support those affected. By recognizing signs of spiritual abuse, clinicians can play a crucial role in promoting healing and preventing further harm. 

Learning objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Define spiritual violence/spiritual abuse.
  2. Learn about the many forms of spiritual violence/abuse.
  3. Be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of this type of abuse.
  4. Learn about ways to prevent this abuse.
  5. Learn about religious trauma syndrome and PTSD related to this kind of abuse.
  6. Review the Religious Harm and Abuse screening tool.
  7. Learn about ways to work clinically with abuse survivors.


Upon completion of this course attendees will earn 3 Category I Contact Hours.


  • Arrival time is 8:50am; Training is 9:00am - 12:30pm EST. 
  • This is a live virtual training. A link will be sent to registrants the day prior to the training.



Ed Geraty LCSW-C

Registration Fees - includes CE certificate (emailed after training)

NASW Member    $60
Non-Member       $78



This will be a live virtual training. A link will be sent to registrants the day prior to the training.


Registration deadline: June 13, 2024



If you choose the "Bill Me" option during checkout, please mail payment within 7 days of registering in order to hold your seat. You will receive a confirmation email with your purchase information following checkout; this will serve as your invoice, no other invoices will be provided.


Checks should be made out to NASW Virginia and mailed to:

4860 Cox Road, Suite 200
Glen Allen, VA 23060


If a registrant cancels more than 10 days before the event, a refund will be issued by check or credit back to your credit card, minus a 10% administrative fee.


If cancelation occurs less than 10 days prior to the event, no refund will be issued but you may request a credit towards a future training to be used within 1 year of the cancelation date. Call the Chapter Office (804-204-1339) to cancel within 10 days of the training. A request for credit may be granted at the discretion of the Executive Director in case of a documented emergency.



Individuals who require assistance under the ADA for participation in this training should contact NASW-VA at least 30 days prior to the start of the training.  Please call the Chapter office at 804.204.1339 to discuss your needs or any concerns with a member of the staff.  


Children under the age of 18 are not permitted into any NASWVA sponsored trainings or events, without prior written consent by the chapter. For special situations and/or circumstances, please call or email the chapter office.   

Event Type:Training
Early registration ends on Dec 11, 2023.
Regular registration starts on Dec 12, 2023 and ends on Jun 13, 2024.
Late registration starts on Jun 14, 2024.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 3 CE Hours
Member Fee: $60.00$60.00$60.00
Non-Member Fee: $78.00$78.00$78.00