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Trauma & Theodicy Conference – March 27


Register HERE (Includes CEs & Boxed Lunch)

The most prolific challenge of theology, counseling, and pastoral care lies where human suffering is greatest: abuse, violence, addictions, loss, fractured relationships, and trauma.  The issues related to the psychological, relational, and spiritual impact of suffering invite deep and honest engagement.  What is the impact of trauma upon vital faith?  Where is God in the presence of the traumatic experience?  What might the path of healing and recovery look like?  What role might clinicians, pastors, and ministers play in facilitating healing by embodying the Gospel of Christ for their clients, parishioners, and community?  Come explore the relevance of the Gospel and trauma-informed pastoral care and counseling with other pastors, theologians, and mental health experts in the field traumatology and spiritual formation at Richmont Graduate University’s first annual Theodicy and Trauma Conference.

Keynote Speakers – Wm. Paul Young & Joseph Spinazzola


Wm. Paul Young is the author of the worldwide bestsellers, The Shack and Cross Roads. With nearly 23 million copies sold and 49 consecutive weeks at # 1 on the New York Times Bestseller list, The Shack has inspired conversations about God around the world. The Shack has been included in the PBS list of America’s 100 best-loved books. His latest novel, Eve (Howard Books, 2015) also a NY Times Bestseller, explores harmful assumptions we have about ourselves and the relationship initiated by God with us in the Garden of Eden.  It is a book about the healing mercies available to all.



Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Professor at Richmont Graduate University and the Executive Director of the Foundation Trust. He is the managing director of the Complex Trauma Training Institute, a senior clinician at the Complex Trauma Treatment Center Boston, and co-facilitator of the Complex Trauma Treatment Affiliates. Dr. Spinazzola trains and consults worldwide on diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of complex trauma in children and adults, as well as on trauma-informed care and systems transformation. Dr. Spinazzola is Principal Investigator of the Developmental Trauma Disorder Field Trials, and Founder of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.



William Paul Young

Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D.



Keny Felix, Ph.D.


Jenna Riemersma, M.A.

John Widener, M.A.

Michael Sytsma, Ph.D.




Up to 8 CEs will be available



8AM – 8:30AM Registration
8:30AM – 9AM Welcome – Introduction to Trauma & Theodicy Conference Dan Sartor, Ph.D. – Richmont Graduate University
9AM – 10AM Morning Keynote: Clinical Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D.
9AM – 10AM Morning Keynote: Pastoral
10AM – 11AM Michael Sytsma, Ph.D. – Building Intimate Marriages
11AM – 12PM Clinical Session Jenna Riemersma, M.A.
11AM – 12PM Pastoral Session
12PM – 12:30PM Lunch Provided
12:30PM – 1:30PM Clinical Session John Widener, M.A. –
12:30PM – 1:30PM Pastoral Session
1:30PM – 3:30PM Kevin Skinner, Ph.D.
3:45PM – 5:45PM Clinical Session Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D.
3:45PM – 5:45PM Pastoral Session Keny Felix, Ph.D.
5:45PM  – 7PM Dinner On Your Own
7PM – 9PM Keynote Speaker: William Paul Young – Author, Speaker


Registration: Click HERE (Includes CEs and Boxed Lunch)

Early Bird Special (before February 15)

Regular Rate (by March 26) $219

Trauma & Theodicy Conference – Friday, March 27th


Richmont Graduate University

1900 The Exchange SE Bldg. 100

Atlanta, GA 30339

Trauma & Theodicy Conference – March 27