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Friday, September 19, 2014

Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina

4000 Summit Boulevard

Atlanta, GA 30319

Hors d’oeuvres reception and registration beginning at 4:30pm

Three-hour continuing education seminar from 6:00pm-9:00pm 

Our Special Guests are members of Richmont’s Class of 2004 as they celebrate their 10 year Reunion.


Jana Pressley, Psy.D.

Dr. Jana Pressley is an Associate Professor and the Director of Clinical Training for the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, IL.  In addition to teaching and administrative duties, Dr. Pressley leads a research group focused on the impact of complex trauma on the long-term relational, emotional, and behavioral coping patterns of adults, and the contextual variables that contribute to increased vulnerability vs. resilience in the lives of those who experience chronic trauma.   Clinically, Dr. Pressley is working at a local outpatient counseling center that provides services in a low-income community, where she is engaged in the treatment of individuals, couples, and leads a trauma recovery group.  Prior to her transition to Wheaton College in 2011, Dr. Pressley served at Richmont Graduate University (Chattanooga, TN) as an Assistant Professor, Assistant Dean of Students, and the Founder/Director of the Richmont Community Counseling Center (RCCC).  At Richmont, Dr. Pressley designed and launched the Trauma Counseling specialization track for MFT and MA counseling students, in close collaboration with the Trauma Center senior leadership. 


“Sacred Dissonance: Attending to Client Spirituality and Religiosity in Complex Trauma Treatment”

Disrupted systems of meaning are acknowledged as a core domain of impact for adults with a complex trauma history, often leading to adversely affected belief systems and existential angst. Themes related to hopelessness, despair, meaning-making and mourning often overlap with spiritual and/or religious beliefs. Additionally, themes related to self-perception, including chronic guilt, shame, or a sense of unworthiness, can often be connected to spiritual perceptions and fears.   For those whose trauma occurred within the context of a religious home or community, the wounds can be profound.  Further, the impact of complex trauma on spirituality can lead to particular dissonance for those whose faith traditions are a core part of their cultural heritage and community.

This workshop will focus on understanding the manner in which developmental trauma can impact or be impacted by spirituality.  The presenter will focus on practical application, including assessing religious and/or spiritual history as a potential treatment barrier or resource, and integrating spirituality into trauma treatment.  Finally, attention will be given to the potential disrupted spirituality and need for self-care in the person of the therapist.

Objectives (3)

As a result of attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify core themes of spiritual impact that may overlap with a complex trauma history,
  • Assess client spirituality and the potential positive and/or negative religious beliefs and experiences that can impact recovery,
  • Attend to spiritual and existential distress in complexly traumatized clients, with a focus on integrating spiritual meaning-making in an overall life narrative.

Registration Information

Continuing Education: This is an intermediate level training offering 3 NBCC-approved CE clock hours, 3 GAMFT-approved core CE clock hours, and 3 approved CE clock hours for psychologists.


  • Richmont Graduate University Legacy and Founding Alumni Association Members, Clinical Supervisors, Faculty, and Staff receive FREE admission.
  • Basic Alumni Association Members: $25.00
  • RGU Students: $10.00
  • Nonmembers/Guests: $60.00

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For questions, please contact Autumn Stephenson at

Refunds for this event must be requested prior to September 16.

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Richmont Graduate University is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-Approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This seminar has been aproved as Core hours by the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

2014 Alumni Reunion