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When: Friday, October 12, 2018
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Where: Blue Ridge Community College - Plecker Center
1 College Lane
Weyers Cave, Virginia  24486
United States
Contact: Stewart Nafziger
VCA Office: 757-766-5466;

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CVCA Fall Workshop 2018


Friday October 12th, 2018 8:30 am - 2:30 pm (Check-In begins at 8am)

Plecker Workforce Center, Blue Ridge Community College

Parking available in lot South of Plecker Center


Resolving Conflicts of Conscience: Bridging the Gaps Between Religious and Professional Ethics Regarding Services for Clients with Concerns Related to LGBTQ Identity


Presented by: Charles Shepard, LPC, NCCClinician, Augusta Psychological Associates • Student, Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision, James Madison University


The year 2018 marks 45 years since the American Psychiatric Association (APA) depathologized homosexual orientation. Nevertheless, ethical debates about whether or not professional counselors should serve patients with concerns related to affirming diversity of sexual orientation, sexual identity, and gender identity remain controversial. Opposing positions often separate along lines of religious and professional ethics. Lost in the void created by this seemingly entrenched discourse are a host of suffering individuals and families who could benefit from religiously informed and LGBTQ-affirming services as well as the awareness of an emerging opportunity for ally development among practitioners, educators, and trainees. The purpose of this presentation is to examine some of the pitfalls that stall resolution to conflicts of conscience, propose relevant shifts in religious- and professional-ethics paradigms, and to provide insights that may help spur future research that supports a counselor’s fidelity to religious and professional ethics regarding services to clients with LGBTQ-related concerns.

Learning Objectives:  1) Attendees will learn the historical context for the debate about providing LGBTQ-affirming services as a religiously informed and influenced counselor.  2)Attendees will have the opportunity to consider new or unfamiliar perspectives on relating religion and science in ways that may help support the provision of LGBTQ-affirming services from a religiously informed perspective.  3) Attendees will have opportunities for experiential learning regarding the wide-range of circumstances to consider when confronted with the challenges of helping LGBTQ-identifying clients manage the difficulties associated with being an LGBTQ-identifying person in a non-affirming religious context.

Event Hourly Schedule:

8:00 – 8:30 am                  Check-In

8:30 - 10:00 am                 Workshop

10:00 - 10:15 am               Break

10:15 - 11:45 am               Workshop

11:45 am - 12:15 pm         Lunch (Sandwich options: Ham, Turkey, Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

12:15 - 1:15 pm                 Workshop

1:15 - 1:30 pm                   Break

1:30 - 2:30 pm                   Workshop



Attendees completing this workshop in its entirely will earn 5 NBCC Contact Hours




Sponsored by: Central Valley Counselors Association, a chapter of the Virginia Counselors Association


Virginia Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2047.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Virginia Counselors                     Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Complaint Policy: If you have a complaint or dispute regarding this event, please write a letter and include the following:  Name, address, telephone number, email, name of event, date and location of the event, complaint and desired resolution to Stewart Nafziger at  You will receive a reply in 30 days from the date you submitted the complaint/dispute.

Cancellation PolicyTo receive a full refund, minus a $10 administrative fee, registrants must cancel at least 5 days prior to the start of the workshop.  Cancellations and/or no shows with less than a 5-day notice will be reviewed after all expenses have been paid, a determination will be made regarding the ability to honor the request minus cost of guaranteed meals/special event fees. An administrative fee of $10.00 will be assessed for any refund with less than a 5-day notice. Submit cancellations/refund requests to: Andriana Hench at


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