California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

Inland Empire Chapter

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Featured Seminar October 27, 2017

Recovery from Religion: Recognizing and Supporting Individuals through Crises of Faith or Religious Transitions

Rebecca Williams, MS, LMFT


Questioning, then doubt, and a crisis of faith. This experience can be terrifying for a devoutly religious person. They may find themselves saying “I never intended to be here! How did this happen? What will my family think? What will become of me?” The result could be a reconfiguration of faith, religious switching, or a transition to irreligion. Some make these transitions smoothly and some people get stuck. They experience confusion, anxiety, isolation, depression, and relational problems. They may show up in your office not entirely sure what’s happening to them.

This presentation will give participants an overview of stages of questioning/doubt, Religious Trauma Syndrome, and stages of recovery from a crisis of faith. We will discuss simple questions for assessment and strategies to support individuals through the process. The presentation will address how to help people maintain ties with religious family members and friends. And we will discuss when referring out is the most appropriate step for the client. 

1. Participants will learn the symptoms individuals may experience when separating from their religion.

2. Participants will learn the stages of recovery from a rigid religious experience. 

3. Participants will learn how to support individuals leaving their religion in maintaining ties with religious friends and family members.

4. Participants will learn to recognize when to refer out individuals leaving religion.

Rebecca Williams is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#81817) in private practice in Riverside. She is passionate about couples therapy and works with couples who are destabilized by one or both partners exiting religion or recovering from addiction. She has done training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Gottman Method Couples Therapy.  She is a member of CAMFT, the Mormon Mental Health Association, and the Secular Therapist Project.

Ms. Williams came to the family therapy field from a background in education. Working with troubled teens, she saw that there was only so much change that could happen for the kids without change happening in the family as well. She graduated with her Masters from Loma Linda University and did internship work with substance abusing teens and their families. She has a love and talent for relational work. 

Rebecca was drawn to this specialty through personal experience. As a formerly devout and observant religious person, she understands the existential crises that follow a loss of faith and the painful struggle to maintain relationships with family and friends who remain faithful. In meeting with other formerly religious people, she discovered common experiences of marital strain, family rejection, and being misunderstood or harmed in therapeutic settings. These are the people she loves to serve! She believes there is enough love, respect, and creativity in the world to allow individuals in marriages and families to have different spiritual paths while remaining intimately connected and having fulfilling relationships


Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT is a CAMFT Approved CEU Provider Agency  Provider # 62278

CEU Hours: This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Certificates: Completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation.

Refund Policy:  If a participant is unable to attend and notifies IE-CAMFT 24 hours in advance of the training, full reimbursement will be sent within ten (10) working days.

Grievance:  If any aspect of the training is not to the full satisfaction of any participant, please notify the coordinator, CEU committee chair, or another IE-CAMFT board member.  We hope to resolve any issue immediately on-site.  If not resolved, the full IE-CAMFT board will review and resolve the issue.

IE-CAMFT wishes all participants to have an excellent learning experience.  Please notify the coordinator or other board member if you need special accommodations.  If possible, call Garry Raley at (951) 640-5899 in advance

Upcoming events

27 Oct 2017 9:00 AM • LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY │Department of Social Work & Social Ecology, 1898 Business Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA 92408
17 Nov 2017 9:00 AM • LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY │Department of Social Work & Social Ecology, 1898 Business Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA 92408
26 Jan 2018 9:00 AM • LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY │Department of Social Work & Social Ecology, 1898 Business Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA 92408

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At Our Last Meeting . . .

Couples Counseling: Using the Power and Intimacy Formula

John Lucas

This seminar offered a simple but all-encompassing formula for therapy and assessment, which ideally applies to couple's work. Examples of assessment and application of the formula were offered in the presentation. The presentation also presented a useful integration of psychology and Christianity for clients with a Christian framework.  Based on this simple formula, the presentation applied CBT principles to address anger management, conflict resolution, and self-worth, and touched on the application of the formula to parenting and addictions.

Participants learned:

1. The general principles of the Power and Intimacy formula in treatment.

2.   How to apply the Power and Intimacy formula to couples therapy.

3.   How the Power and Intimacy formula can be applied to various areas of treatment, including individual therapy, addictions, and parenting.

4.   How the Power and Intimacy formula can be used to integrate psychology and Christianity into a successful therapeutic approach.

John Lucas is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  John has been married for 31 years with five children, and has been practicing in private practice for 20 years. Currently, John is in private practice in Temecula under the name of Lighthouse Counseling Services.  Mr. Lucas has a self­-published book, "Power and Intimacy in Relationships: the balanced formula for success" which has been available for the last several years.   John has worked in a psychiatric setting as the program director for Dr. Raese and Associates in their anger management/ domestic violence program for seven years. John has also worked for the last five years for Oak Grove residential treatment center in Murrieta, Ca.  Mr. Lucas continues to work as a 1-800-gambler therapist and has for the last several years.  John has also been involved in his local church assisting with their Celebrate Recovery program.
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