Training Class Details
Class Title: Spiritual Trauma, Abuse, and Mental Health Among LGBTQ Youth - 6 CE Credits / Monterey
Class Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Class Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Availability: Employees and Eligible Participants
Available spaces: 6
Class Location: Monterey County/ Online
Monterey County/ Online
Monterey County/ Online, CA 93908
Class Trainers: Kelsey Pacha
Class Description:

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Spiritual Trauma, Abuse, and Mental Health Among LGBTQ Youth – 6 CE Credits

Presented by Kelsey Pacha


Course Description:


Sparse research and resources exist for care professionals working to support LGBTQ youth who have been exposed to negative theological messages and perhaps experienced religiously-based family rejection related to their coming out process and/or gender transition. Educators and clinicians—including social workers, therapists, and psychologists—often do not receive any kind of training related to religious and spiritual competency, let alone information tailored to LGBTQ identities, despite its potential impact on family acceptance, identity development, mental health outcomes, and social behavior. This workshop explores two emerging concepts in psychology--spiritual abuse and spiritual trauma, examining common anti-LGBTQ theological messages and their mental health effects. Special attention will be paid to how these damaging messages relate to systemic harm including bullying, homelessness, and substance abuse. Attendees will share their experiences in small and large groups, explore the clinical and logistical resources available to assist clients and their families, collaborate on a case study, and leave with resources for further exploration.


Class Objectives:


  1. Identify three common dynamics for LGBTQ youth who are raised in religious communities.
  2. Define spiritual trauma and spiritual abuse.
  3. Explore three negative theological messages about being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer and their connections to negative mental health outcomes.
  4. Identify the two types of provider bias that can emerge when working with LGBTQ people on religious or spiritual issues.
  5. Collaborate on a case study and explore the complexities of multiple identities on LGBTQ youth & families in the child welfare system.
  6. Develop a set of individualized best practices to address religious and spiritual concerns in their individual provider context.


Presented by:


Kelsey Pacha, MA, M.Div. is a transman who has worked with marginalized communities for 15+ years in a variety of settings. He holds a Master of Religion and Psychology, Master of Divinity, and Certificate of Sexuality and Religion from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He is the owner of Kelsey Pacha Consulting, which supports the work of institutions and individuals in increasing their capacity for cultural humility and social justice-informed institutional change. Kelsey offers educational trainings and LGBTQ workplace policy expertise with an emphasis on practical skills, identity awareness, and personal empowerment. He regularly works with corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion officers and LGBTQ affinity groups, as well as legal, clinical, medical, and direct service (including child welfare and faith leader) personnel. He presents workshops around the country on the impact of inclusive spaces for LGBTQ people in various settings. Kelsey straddles the worlds of academia/theory and practice, serving as the Board President of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, a national non-profit organization that publishes a 649-page resource guide of the same name, by and for the trans*, genderqueer, and gender-nonconforming communities. For more information, visit or contact Kelsey at




You must work with dependent (foster& probation) youth in Alameda, Solano, Contra Costa, or Monterey County in order to attend our trainings. Trainings are free for those eligible to attend.




There will be a 30-minute lunch break and two 15-minute breaks that do not count toward

continuing education credit.


This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Seneca Family of Agencies is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.


Seneca Family of Agencies maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, Provider #135057.  Provider approved by the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists. 


We will be unable to provide attendees with certificates of completion for Continuing Education if more than 15 minutes of each course content is missed. 



Completion Certificates can be obtained by emailing:



All registered participants must cancel 48 hours in advance, if no longer able to attend. Cancellation can be done electronically through registration confirmation email or by emailing


If you have any questions or would like to report a grievance, please contact:

Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice

8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605


In accordance with California Civil Code Section 54.1 any disabled person who may require accommodations to participate in any trainings or events, please contact the Training Department at at least 5 days in advance of the event.


Trainings provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, in partnership with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano. Trainings in Monterey provided in partnership with Hartnell College and Monterey County. Funding provided through Title IV-E