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Spiritual abuse is one of the most insidious and pervasive forms of abuse in our culture. Whether subtle or obvious, spiritual abuse is a form of trauma that undermines your relationship with yourself and with God. 

Once you begin to identify spiritual abuse in your life, there are many emotions that might follow: feelings of hurt, confusion, betrayal, disillusionment, anger, and bitterness. Maybe the practices that once brought you peace - like going to church, praying, or even talking about your relationship with God - now feel painful. 

You’re not alone. These are all normal responses to the trauma you’ve experienced. But how do you begin to unravel the harm caused by spiritual abuse, reclaim your spirituality, and regain healthy relationships with yourself, others, and God?

The Allender Center invites you to join us for
“Healing from Spiritual Abuse,” an online webinar with Rachael Clinton Chen, Director of Teaching and Care at the Allender Center and co-host of the Allender Center Podcast, and Matthias Roberts, Psychotherapist, host of the Queerology podcast, and author of the forthcoming book Holy Runaways.

Rachael and Matthias bring their expertise in the topics of spiritual abuse, trauma care, and counseling to help you discover healing pathways in the wake of spiritual abuse.

Through this 2-hour, recorded webinar, you’ll walk away with a new imagination for what the healing process can look like for you. We believe that healing is possible. By doing this work, you can begin to reclaim spiritual beliefs and practices and reconnect with God and others in a deeper way.

This livestreamed event was recorded on May 18, 2023. Registrants will have lifetime access to the recorded content.

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This webinar recording is available for purchase at $49.

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About the presenters

Rachael Clinton Chen (MDIV) is a trauma practitioner, speaker (preacher), and pastoral leader. She serves as the Director of Teaching and Care for The Allender Center at The Seattle School. Rachael is privileged to be the co-host of the Allender Center podcast with Dr. Dan Allender and has been a core member of the Allender Center teaching team for over a decade.

Matthias Roberts (MA) is a queer psychotherapist, podcaster, and author. Matthias holds two master’s degrees, one in Theology & Culture and one in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and is a facilitator with The Allender Center. His newest book, Holy Runaways will release in Fall 2023.

This course is closed for enrollment.