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Working with Religious Clients in Psychotherapy: Security-Focused vs Growth-Focused Orientations.

  • 26 May 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Virtual


  • Participants will receive 2 CE credits.
  • This webinar is discounted for DCPA students. Please use your student email to register. Continuing education credits are not issued under this category.
  • Continuing education credits are not issued under this category.
  • Registrants will receive 2 continuing education credits.
  • Please use your student email to register. Continuing education credits are not issued under this category.

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Learning Objectives

1.To describe and understand the psychological function of religion in human life, especially informed byideas from Ernest Becker and Terror Management Theory (TMT)

2. To explore the differences in religious orientation (security-focused vs. growth-focused)

 3. To examine the practical and therapeutic implications of the above. A time of case consultation will be provided toward the end of the presentation


Working with Religious Clients in Psychotherapy: Security-Focused vs Growth-Focused Orientations. This educational workshop through Legacy Consulting & Research Group focuses on the ways that some religious clients use theology in a psychologically defensive way (security-focused) and some religious clients use theology for the purposes of psychological growth. This educational workshop will include empirical research, theory, and interventions for working with religious clients. With the APA, the presenter contends that religion is an important aspect of multicultural competence in psychotherapy. The goal of this workshop is to assist clinicians in developing greater competence in this aspect of culture.                                                                                                                                                               

Lee, W.M.L., Blando, J.A., Mizelle, N.D., & Orozco, G.L. (2007). Introduction to multicultural counseling for helping professionals (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.

Baruth, L.G., & Manning, M.L. (2003). Multicultural counseling and psychotherapy: A lifespan perspective (3rd ed.). New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.

Boyd-Franklin, N. (2003). Black families in therapy (2nd ed.). New York, NY: The Guilford


Dr. Cedric Williams


Cedric Williams, Ph.D., is the Founder and CEO of Legacy Consulting & Research Group LLC. Dr. Williams is a licensed clinical and consulting psychologist who integrates psychological principles and leader development models to help individuals, teams, and organizations. Dr. Williams’ research interests include multicultural competence, DE&I, and leadership. Dr. Williams served as the DE&I chairperson for American Psychological Association's Division 13, Society of Consulting Psychology. In this role, he led a multicultural team of consulting psychologists that develop strategies, educational programs, and policies that directly impact DEI efforts in the SCP, APA, and beyond.

In addition to his work as a clinician, consultant, and professor, Dr. Williams has served in the United States Army (active and reserve) for 20 years. His current military assignment has him teaching a course titled “Psychology for Leaders” at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the summers. Dr. Williams has a variety of cultural identities that contribute to his ability to connect and build rapport with his clients.

Dr. Paul Flores

Paul Flores, Ph.D., Consulting Psychologist, is a consultant and executive coach at Legacy Consulting & Research  Group. Paul enjoys helping individuals and teams rapidly optimize their skills to achieve their goals and objectives. Paul has provided professional psychological and consulting services, such as personality, neuropsychological, and organizational assessments in a variety of settings, including non-profit and private sectors.

At Legacy, Paul conducts organizational assessments, executive coaching, learning and education workshops, and administers talent assessment services. Dr. Flores holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology.

Presenter agrees to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of the presentation

Disclaimer: The District of Colombia Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. DCPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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