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516 | Jesus as Therapist: The Immanuel Approach for Resolving Psychological Trauma

Friday 9/15 4:15 – 5:30 PM, Psychiatry, Behavioral Medicine, and Collaborative Care, Workshop Tracks


Karl Lehman, M.D.



Approved For CE

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

Approved For CME/CEU




The Immanuel Approach helps licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders apply several simple brain science principles to help their willing Christian clients establish an interactive, contingent connection with the living, tangible presence of Jesus and then coaches the client to engage directly with Jesus as the primary therapist. Interestingly, Jesus routinely facilitates complete memory-reconsolidation resolution of traumatic memories. This workshop will summarize the theoretical foundation for the Immanuel Approach, describe the process for basic Immanuel Approach work, discuss several aspects of the Immanuel Approach that are new and unique, and then present case studies that illustrate the effectiveness of the Immanuel Approach. The case study presentation will include video from an actual session in which the client experiences Jesus facilitating therapeutic memory reconsolidation.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the theoretical foundation and basic process components of the Immanuel Approach for resolving psychological trauma
2. Apply several simple brain-science principles to prepare willing clients to establish an interactive connection more easily with God
3. Summarize the pain-processing pathway, and describe the source of psychological trauma
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