Kanuga 2019 Conference

October 25-27, 2019

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Just Sex: Challenges for Psychotherapists and Spiritual Professionals

  • Specific skills required to meet the sexual concerns presented by clients; 
  • An exploration of the definition of gender and implications for providing care and psychotherapy with the transgender population; 
  • An understanding of the attitude and sexual value systems operating in a therapeutic setting;
  • Insights and working models regarding sex, gender, and sexual orientation; 
  • Theoretical models of understanding that can be helpful in a therapeutic setting; 
  • Simple skills required in working with many sexual issues.

Keynote Speaker:The Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D.

How can psychotherapists, mental health professionals, or spiritual care professionals engage in conversations about sex and gender when our training and professional practices demand awareness of the complexities and nature of the subject? 

The Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D., is a pastoral theologian working at the intersection of LGBTQIA lives and religion/spiritual praxis. His approach in these plenaries will not only address what spiritually integrative practitioners need to know about sexual/affectional orientation and gender identity in order to be culturally competent, but will also privilege queer lives as sites of significant wisdom for clinical praxis. Participants will gain critical knowledge for counseling LGBTQIA clients, better understand the complex intersection of religion and suicide among LGBTQIA people, and develop therapeutic knowledge in relating to the lives of LGBTQIA people in order to better meet client needs while also sharpening the clinical insight of the spiritually integrative therapist. 

The Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D., is pastor to Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Cambridge, MA, where he also serves as American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University and Advisor for LGBTQ+ Affairs in the Office of Religious, Spiritual, & Ethical Life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 
Dr. Sanders is author and editor of a number of books including, A Brief Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth (Westminster John Knox, 2017), Microaggressions in Ministry: Confronting the Hidden Violence of Everyday Church coauthored with Angela Yarber (Westminster John Knox, 2015), and Queer Lessons for Churches on the Straight and Narrow: What All Christians Can Learn from LGBTQ Lives (FaithLab, 2013) which won the 2014 national bronze metal in Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Non-Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. He has also authored a number of articles in various publications such as Pastoral Psychology, the Journal of Pastoral Theology, and The Professional Counselor: Theory and Practice. 
Dr. Sanders is a frequent speaker in ecclesial and academic contexts on matters pertaining to LGBTQIA justice and care and will bring clinical insight and theological depth to questions pertaining to pastoral counseling and spiritual care for persons at the intersection of religion/spirituality, sexual/affectional orientation, and gender identity.

Know Before You Go

  • Registration will open at noon on Thursday, October 24. 
  • Lodging registration covers meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch
  • If you wish to have lunch on Friday, you will need to purchase a separate ticket from the front desk
  • Please join us for a reception in the Fireside Room on Friday, October 25 from 5:00-6:00pm
  • ACPE does not cover alcoholic beverages, therefore, all receptions will be CASH BAR ONLY

Continuing Education Credit

The Kanuga 2019 Conference is approved by the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (GAMFT) for CEUs. Approval number 104-2019. 

AAPC is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider™, ACEP No. 5424.  AAPC is solely responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit. 


Friday, October 25

10:30am: Registration begins

12:00pm: Lunch)

1:00-2:30pm: Workshops (1.5 hours of instruction

Queer Theory for Pastoral Counseling: Identity and Ethics Beyond the Pronoun Problem
Matthew S. Beal, LPC

Theological Reflection 101: God Image & Mental Health
Chris O’Rear, LCPT

Why Are Clergy So Unhealthy? Constructively Engaging Pastoral Wellness Challenges
Rev. Dr. Karen H. Webster and Rev. Travis A. Webster

Faith Response to Suicide
Rev. Robert Cooke, D.Min., NC Fee-Based Practicing Pastoral Counselor; and Kevin E. Varner, LPC

2:45-4:45pm: Workshop (2 hours of instruction)
New Wine in New Wineskins: Developments in Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy
Bernard Kynes, LMFT and Kathryn Summers, NC Fee-Based Practicing Pastoral Counselor

5:00-6:00pm: Reception

6:00pm: Dinner

7:00-9:00pm: Plenary Session 1 (2 hours of instruction)
Sexuality & Gender Identity: Challenges and Gifts to Pastoral Counselors 
The Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D.

Saturday, October 26

9:00am-12:00pm: Plenary Session 2 (3 hours of instruction)
The Souls of Queer Folk: Clinical Insights on Religion & LGBTQ Suicide
The Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D. 

12:00pm: Lunch

1:45-3:30pm: Workshop (1.5 hours of instruction)
Spiritual Interventions: Working with Harmful Spirituality and Religion
Russell Siler Jones, Th.D., LCPS

3:45-5:45pm:  Workshop (2 hours of ethics instruction)
Email, Texting, and Social Media: Oh My! Ethical and therapeutic considerations when communicating with clients beyond the office
David Harris, MTS, MS and Thom Anderson, LCSW

6:00 pm: Dinner

7:00-9:00pm: Plenary Session 3 (2 hours of instruction)
Queering Pastoral Counseling & Spiritually Integrative Psychotherapy 
The Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D. 

9:00pm: Toast and Jam - Fireplace Room
Sunday, October 27

9:00-10:30am: Workshops (1.5 hours of instruction)

Was Jesus a Virgin? (And other Queered Theological Reflections)
Daniel Stillwell, PhD, LMFT-S and Sarah Causey, MA, LMFTA

And on the Seventh Day, God Retired: A Guide to Helping Clients Face This Life Transition
Wayne Perry, D.Min., Ph.D., LMFT

Essentials of Pastoral Counseling: Personal Formation, Communal Authority, and Imaginative Serviceability
James R. Coffman, LCPT, LMFT, LPC

10:45-11:45am: Worship in Chapel

12:00pm: Lunch


Workshops Descriptions

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10/25/2019 - 10/27/2019


Friday, 25 October 2019

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10/25/2019 - 10/27/2019

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