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520 | Transforming Triggers of Self-Shame into Reminders of Irrevocable Acceptance

Christian Psychology: Theory, Practice, and Integration, Friday 9/15 4:15 – 5:30 PM, Workshop Tracks


Megan Clunan, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




“I know Jesus has forgiven me, but I can’t get past what I’ve done.” How many times have clinicians heard this? Christian clients unable to move beyond allowing their sin to define them can remain stuck in past failures, despite Christ’s complete forgiveness. Focusing solely on one’s failures stagnates healing and keeps one trapped in personal shortcomings rather than Christ’s overcoming. Psychologists, other licensed mental health professionals, and ministry leaders can employ the cognitive gift of imagination to counsel willing Christian clients on how to invite Jesus into what they hold against themselves, what Satan reminds them of, and what they cannot forget they have done. Each shameful trigger requires Jesus’ redemptive presence, an awareness that most often begins in the mind. Through Scripture and employing the Holy imagination, participants can help clients reroute neuropathways of self-shame, transforming triggers of self-shame into reminders of irrevocable acceptance. The process of this practice is rooted in components of cognitive and behavioral therapy and Scripture.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the use and purpose of the Holy imagination in overcoming triggers of self- shame
2. Explain how neuropathways toward self-shame are established and deconstructed through cognitive and behavioral therapy techniques
3. Apply components of cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy and Scripture to employ the Holy imagination to live within the irrevocable acceptance of Jesus
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