Clinical and Theological Significance of Acceptance and Affirmation

Presented by James Robert Ross, Ph.D., LMFT

The reality is that in psychotherapy, positive affirmations are a useful and highly effective tool for replacing the often deeply ingrained negative thought patterns circling through the minds of those experiencing the symptoms of a wide range of mental health conditions. Depression and anxiety, along with any condition that involves distorted views of the self, can all be treated by incorporating positive affirmations into the therapeutic process.
There are empirical studies based on the idea that people can maintain a sense of self-integrity by telling themselves (or affirming) what they believe in positive ways.  How are we affirming the actual clients we serve? Are we proactively considering “how to stir up one another to love and good works” (Heb. 10:24)?
Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify modalities of acceptance and affirmation.
  2. Explain the clinical significance of acceptance and affirmation.
  3. Become aware of and manage the impulse to change the patient.
  4. Explain the theological implications of acceptance and affirmation