Session Information


Below is a list of session titles scheduled for the 2017 ASERVIC Conference. As we confirm additional presenters, this list will be updated. The schedule of sessions, presenters, session abstracts will also be published after the program is finalized.

Keynote Speaker: 2 Hours

Dr. Everett Worthington – Commonwealth Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University

Title: Understanding Forgiveness and Integrating it Into Your Counseling Practice (Include free training DVD)

Content Session: 1 Hour


  • 49 Days (or 49 Minutes) Under the Bodhi Tree: Nature-Based Contemplative Practices for the Modern World
  • Adolescent Spiritual and Religious Well-Being in the Public School Culture: A Gap in the Research
  • Building a Resilient Military Force by Enhancing the Spirit
  • Incorporating Traditional Spiritual Practices into the Counseling Experience
  • Integrating Spirituality into Counseling with LGBQ+ Clients: Considerations for Counselors
  • Latino Spirituality: Implications for counseling
  • Meditation in Counseling: Research Update
  • Preparing Sacred Ground: The Process of Spiritually Integrated Counseling
  • Qualitative Exploration of Impact of Transpersonal Psychology Course on Counselors-In-Training
  • Refining your Radar: Assessing Clients for Indicators of Disordered Eating & Avenues of Support in Spirituality and Religion
  • Sanctification Theory: Is Nontheistic Sanctification, Nontheistic Enough?
  • Spiritual Competence for Practicing Counselors: Preliminary Data and Implications
  • The Bible and Beck: Utilizing the Spiritual Principles Inherent in CBT
  • The Capacity for Concern: Winnicott on Self-transcendence as an Indicator of Spiritual Maturity
  • The Development of the Spiritual Bypass Scale
  • The Influence of Black Liberation Theology: The Faith and Social Justice Journey of a Counselor Educator
  • The Wellness of Unbelief: Centering Space and Counseling Competency
  • Two Case Studies on the Effects of Learning about Near-Death Experiences on Coping with Cancer
  • Understanding Child and Adolescent Spiritual and Religious Development in the School Setting
  • Understanding Spirituality as a Human Universal: Assessing Ultimate Meaning in Atheists and Agnostics


  • Addressing the Role of Religion and Spiritualty When Treating African American Women
  • Contextualizing Diversity and Culture within a Faith-Drive Intervention for the Refugee Population
  • Counseling Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Using Spiritual and Religious Resources to Promote Resilience
  • Meeting the Holistic Needs of Students: The Application of Spiritual and Religious Competencies for School Counselors
  • Religion and Spirituality as sources of Resilience in working with African Refugees: Lessons from Rwanda
  • Sociocultural, Religious, and Political Nature of Judaism: What Counselors Need to know to Support their Jewish Clients
  • Teaching Counseling and Spirituality from a Social Justice Framework
  • The First Line of Support: Understanding How Institutes of Faith Cope with Death and Grief
  • When Worlds Collide: Navigating the Intersection of Conservative Christianity in the Lives of Gay Men


  • Counseling & Values: Determining the Appropriate Role of a Counselor’s Personal Values in the Counseling Process
  • Counselor Ethics Beyond the Rules: Cultivating Ethical Habits
  • Ethical Considerations for Teaching Trauma Informed Practice
  • Ethical Considerations for the Integration of Religion/Spirituality in Counseling
  • Ethical Dilemmas and Roles of the Counselor Educator and Supervisor
  • Ethical Practice & Values: Knowing, Owning, and Appropriately Integrating
  • In Their Own Words: The Development of Self-awareness & Cognitive Complexity across an Ethics Class
  • Multiple Relationships & Technology: Developing Ethical Boundaries in a Culture of Evolving Technology
  • Religious Institutions Ethical Response to Changes & Challenges


  • Aspirational Versus Developmental Ethics: Training Counselors using HB1840
  • Facilitating Difficult Classroom Conversations on Spiritual and Religious Beliefs using Intergroup Dialogue
  • Spiritual Themes and Religious Leadership: Lessons from Ferguson, MO
  • The Healing Factor of Prosocial Behavior: Fostering Wellness Through Helping Others

Content Sessions: 1 ½ Hour


  • A Collective Case Study of Women’s Trauma Recovery through Trauma-Sensitive Yoga
  • Addressing Spiritual and Religious Concerns among Bullying Victims
  • Bringing Self: A Qualitative Study of Counselor Educators Incorporating Spirituality and Religion into Teaching.
  • Counseling for Wellness: Addressing Client Religion and Spirituality
  • Domestic Abuse and Faith: Resource or Roadblock
  • Effect of Induced After-Death Communication Counseling on Grief: An Empirical Study
  • Integrating Spirituality in Supervision to Deepen Cognitive Empathy and Overcome Resistance to Diversity
  • Integrating Yoga into Trauma Treatment: Important Neurophysiological Considerations
  • Spiritual well-being and Temperament as Predictors of Happiness with South African Children: Implications for Counseling
  • Spirituality and Meditation: Review of Research and Clinical Practice
  • The Curious Meeting of Two Worlds: Enhancing Healing by Integrating Yoga Psychology with Western Psychology in Counseling
  • Useful Adlerian-based Techniques for Spiritually-Sensitive Counseling


  • Practicing What We Preach: Infusing Student Wellness in Graduate Counseling Curricula
  • Virginia Counseling Association: Addressing the Needs of State Division Members’ Perspectives on Spiritual Competences


  • Can empathy mediate counselor values conflicts between religious identity and working with LGBTQ clients?
  • Conservative and Traditional Religious Counselors in Relation to ACA and ASERVIC: A Panel Discussion

Poster Sessions: 30 Minutes

  • “I’ve Converted, now what?”: Working with Clients after a Religious/Spiritual Conversion has Taken Place
  • A Study of Pastoral Forgiveness by their Congregation Mediated by their Religious Denomination and Forgiveness Perceptions
  • Advocacy for Atheist Clients in the Counseling Setting
  • Beliefs about Self-Compassion from Various Worldviews
  • Biblically-based Meditation: Effect Upon Chronic Pain Perception and Spiritual/Religious Coping
  • Bridge or Barrier? The Role of Religion and Stigma in African American Mental Health
  • Effectiveness of Teaching Spirituality in Counseling Practice: A Pilot Study
  • Exploring Posttraumatic Growth: After Exposure to Combat Related Trauma
  • Finding Rhythm: An Experimental Study on an Intervention for Anxiety and Life Satisfaction
  • Grasshopper Thinking: Developing Self-Efficacy Through Biblical Metaphors
  • Implementing Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Within A School Setting—A Graduate Student Experience (87 characters)
  • Pain and Suffering: Integrating Theology and Counseling in Clinical Practice
  • Positivity in Cancer Care: Dyadic Influence of Hope, Spiritual Wellbeing, and Flourishing on Biomarkers and Quality of Life
  • Present for College: Integrating Mindfulness Meditation Training into the Curriculum for First-Year Students
  • The Influence of Christian Belief on Perceptions of Counselor Empathy, Verbal Response Type, and Social Influence
  • The Role of Religion and Religious Resources in Shaping the Experience of Muslim Students in the U.S.
  • Using EFT for Building Secure Marital Relationships

Special Sessions or Meetings

  • Publishing in Counseling and Values
  • ASERVIC Town hall Meeting
  • Awards Luncheon
  • Interfaith service
  • Post-Conference Interfaith Panel (Monday July 10 – Additional registration fees)