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The Schedule

Please note that the schedule for the 2023 Conference on Religious Trauma is subject to change.


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Josie McSkimming 4:45 - 6:00 pm PST

Reconstruction After Deconstruction

1 CE Credit

Dr. Danielle Kramer 6:15 - 7:15 pm PST

Unpacking the Patriarchy

1 CE Credit


Gillie Jenkinson, PhD, Jennifer French, Claire Alison Hams 9:00 - 10:30 

A Specialized Approach to Religious Recovery

1.5 CE Credits

Ling Lam, PhD 10:45 - 11:45 am PST

Shame and Complex Trauma

1 CE Credit

Mahrs Schoppman 12:00 - 1:00 pm PST

Religious Trauma and Queer Embodiment

1 CE Credit

Mary Byler 1:30 - 2:30 pm PST

An Amish Baptism

Sometimes we are taught that if we don't comply with certain cultural and familial expectations, part of who we are is taken from us.  

Rewriting the Amish baptism ritual that was performed on me as a 17-year-old became a burning need for me in my late 30s. I did this consciously and intentionally while I dismantled every part of the ritual to reclaim my bodily autonomy. It has been one of my most treasured acts of life after religious trauma.


The journey to be where and who I have become has taken many twists and turns as I have reclaimed my Amish identity and heritage in ways that don't compromise me.

Christy Powell 2:45 - 3:45 pm PST

Mindful Self-Compassion for Atheist and #Exvangelicals

This presentation will explore the use of mindfulness and compassion based therapies and exercises for the atheist and religious trauma communities. We'll explore the supporting research and philosophy of caring for ourselves through mindfulness, common humanity and loving kindness and contrast these with a Christianity centered worldview, particularly around issues of sexuality and religious shame. This hour long presentation will include contemplative practice and evidence based strategies for healing from and letting go of scrupulosity and moral judgement. 

Daniella Mestyanek Young 4:00 - 5:00 pm PST


Daniella Mestyanek Young. 


Child Marriage Panel 9:00 - 10:30 am PST

Child Marriage Panel

Dr. Tamara MC / Fraidy Reis / Sara Tasneem / Mary Byler/ Daniella Mestyanek Young

Claire Hams 10:45 - 11:45 pm PST

Jehovah's Witnesses, My Personal and Professional Perspectives

1 CE Credit

Willie Cartwright 12:00 - 12:45 pm PST

How Christianity has been Detrimental to Marginalized Communities

Willie Cartwright

Erica Smith 1:15 - 2:15 pm PST

Embracing Queer Identities After High Control Religion

In this talk, sex educator and creator of the Purity Culture Dropout Program, Erica Smith, will guide attendees through everything they need to know if they're coming to terms with or questioning their sexual or gender identity after growing up in high control religion. We'll touch on the phenomenons of queer imposter syndrome and internalized homophobia, talk about coming out, identity labels, dating, sex, and more. This is a pep talk and a love letter to all "late bloomer" LGBTQ+ people. 

Carol Merchasin 2:30 - 3:30 pm PST

Civil Law and Religious Accountability: Tools for Sexual Abuse Survivors in Cultic Spiritual Communities

US law does not give survivors of abuse in cultic spiritual communities many tools.  In this session, we will examine the difference between the criminal and the civil justice systems and look at the tools that the civil justice system gives us to bring justice to survivors and accountability to the individuals and organizations who harmed them.

Dr. Darrel Ray 3:45 - 4:45 pm PST

Religious Trauma and Your Brain

Speaker Dr. Darrel Ray.

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