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613 | Rebuild Their Gospel Identity: The Power of the Attuned Church on the Post-abortion Community

Mental Health and the Mission of the Church, Saturday 9/16 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Kay Lyn Carlson, M.S.W.; Amy Garner, M.Div.



Approved For CE

Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Abortion can be a traumatic experience leading to significant distortions of how men and women view themselves, others, and God. Pastors, pastoral counselors, and lay counselors can play an active role in leading and guiding the post-abortion person in reconstructing a positive personal narrative and transforming broken lives. Through accessing and analyzing deficiencies in clients’ biblical doctrine and formative prayer, they can rebuild their Gospel identities and find purpose and meaning in life. Furthermore, identifying three unique subsets of abortion harm in men will be recognized, and a specific plan to restore biblical masculinity will be addressed. Finally, through live testimony and observation, this session will assess abortion as morally injurious, a traumatic loss, and a prolonged grief disorder.

Learning Objectives

1. Explain how abortion can be interpersonally and intrapersonally devastating utilizing the construct of abortion as morally injurious, a traumatic loss, and a prolonged grief experience
2. Identify three ways abortion distorts clients’ stories in post-abortive men and women and formulate an approach to rebuild a positive self-regard using a personal narrative
3. Describe distortions of doctrine in post-abortive men and women and design a spiritual plan to cultivate spiritual restoration
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