Confronting Conversion Therapy

First session starts March 12, 2019

Conference Overview

Option 1: Webinar Session Recordings

$180 – Includes the 6 pre-recorded webinar sessions, which will be available to you to watch for 12 months.

Option 2: Full Conference Training

$300 – Includes the 6 pre-recorded webinars + interactive, in-depth Zoom sessions

Scholarships available. Email inquiries to Floyd Thompkins at fthompkins@appliedwisdominstitute.org

With the recent film “Boy Erased” many people were shocked by the damage and pain of “conversion therapy”. But, what is even more astounding is that this practice continues and in at least 30 states conversion therapy continues to be legal. So, the 700,000 victims of this type of therapy continue to grow. This is all being done in the name of God and mental health therapy. Families, therapist, counselors, pastors and people of faith will have to confront and support this phenomenon of covers ion therapy.

This webinar and/or training sessions are opportunities to become educated about conversion therapy and engage with others to develop effective strategies for supporting those who have gone through this damaging religious and mental assault as well as stopping others from suffering this “therapy” that have been repudiated by professional and religious bodies.

Transformational Topics

Status of Conversion Therapy in the US and globally

Is this still happening in the US and around the world? Is gender conformity the driving force?

Medical Consensus, Guidance and Issues

What does the medical community say about conversion therapy? Why are risks of depression and suicide associated with it?

Legal Issues and Advocacy

What can we do to protect LGBTQ+ children, youth and their families from this threat and its harm? What are advocates doing to inform the public and policy-makers?

Theological Issues and Impact

What are the theological issues and what is the impact upon people? What does this practice say about God and how people experience the sacred in their lives and in community?

Spiritual Care and Pastoral Care

How might we provide spiritual and pastoral care to those affected? Insights and strategies for ministers, faith leaders, counselors and therapists with a focus upon survivors and their families

Family Acceptance

The number one factor in wellness for LGBTQ+ children and youth is family acceptance. How do we provide support for parents in religious and conservative contexts to love their children while holding onto their faith or culture?

Thought Leaders

Sam Brinton

The Trevor Project, Washington, DC, Legal Issues & Advocacy

Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen

Parity, New York City, NY, Family Acceptance

Rev. Cedric Harmon

Many Voices, Washington, DC, Spiritual Care & Pastoral Care

Christopher Harris, MD

Boston, MA, Medical Consensus, Guidance and Issues

Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW

Family Acceptance Project, San Francisco, CA, Family Acceptance

Rev. Justin Sabia-Tanis, PhD

Author and educator, Tucson, AZ, Theological Issues and Impact

Carl Streed, MD

Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, Medical Consensus, Guidance and Issues

Erin Swenson, ThM, PhD

Marriage and Family Therapist, Atlanta, GA, Status of Conversion Therapy in the US and globally

Alan Manning Chambers

Author and former President of Exodus International, Winter Park, FL, Status of Conversion Therapy in the US and globally

Rev. Kentina Washington-Leapheart, MDiv

Religious Institute, Bridgeport, CT, Director of Programs for Reproductive Justice and Sexuality Education, Pastoral Care and Spiritual Care

Training Session Facilitators

Michael J. Adee, PhD

Global Faith and Justice Project

Andy Leslie

PhD Candidate, Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University

Practical and Compassionate Tools for Therapy Professionals

It is important to know the medical, legal, theological, and psychological issues associated with conversion therapy. Moreover, it is critical to be aware of the risks of family rejection, depression and suicide.

Recommending conversion therapy may indeed be sincerely motivated by concerned communities. But, many medical societies condemn this kind of therapy as both unnecessary and harmful. Because conversion therapy most often occurs in a religious context, it is necessary to have the language, resources and tools to provide effective spiritual care and pastoral care to survivors and their families. Since family acceptance is the number one factor in wellness for LGBTQ+ children and youth, it is essential to understand family systems and the framework of family acceptance to protect the next generation of children, families and ministers from this harmful practice.

During this Conference you will,

  • Discuss the status of conversion therapy in the US and internationally
  • Analyze the role of gender conformity
  • Hear about the associated health risks from medical professionals
  • Assess the legal issues and how to protect children and their families
  • Gain insights into the theological dimensions of conversion therapy
  • Apply strategies of spiritual care and pastoral care
  • Discover the primary role of family acceptance

Conference Details


Webinar session recordings only: $180

Full conference training: $300

Scholarships are available.  To inquire, email Floyd Thompkins directly at fthompkins@appliedwisdominstitute.org


Those in pastoral care, counselors, mental health practitioners, theology students, psychology students, inquiring parents , survivors of conversion therapy, faith leaders, youth leaders/pastors, Bible colleges, LGBTQ community leaders, policy makers, those on denominational mission boards, and more are welcome to come, engage, learn, and experience the insights of thought leaders who bring expertise in the medical, theological, legal, and psychological impacts and implications of and around conversion therapy.


9 Contact Hours are available to Pastors, Pastor Counselor, Nurses, and Chaplains whose certifying agencies or organizations require CE hours. To determine whether or not your seminar qualifies for CEUs, please consult with your certifying body.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and MFTs for programs from CE approved sponsors. 

LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval. California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. CA Emergency Medical Services for EMTs and Paramedics. For questions about these CE accreditations email innovation@sfts.edu.


Conference training session participants meet over the Internet using browser-based conferencing software.


3/12/19 – 4/16/19


Live Training Sessions will occur on Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:30 pm PST


Training sessions are delivered online through the Zoom conferencing system on the Internet. Meetings are live / synchronous. All participants are visible to each other and engage in the conversations through the system.

Register Today

Option 1: Webinar Session Recordings

$180 – Includes the 6 pre-recorded webinar sessions, which will be available to you to watch for 12 months.

Option 2: Full Conference Training

$300 – Includes the 6 pre-recorded webinars + interactive, in-depth Zoom sessions

Scholarships available. Email inquiries to Floyd Thompkins at fthompkins@appliedwisdominstitute.org


The Religious Institute serves a network of more than 8,500 of clergy, religious educators, seminary presidents and deans, religious scholars, and people of faith who are committed to sexual, gender, and reproductive justice. 

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth.

Parity is a faith-based organization headquartered in NYC that creates open and nurturing spaces where LGBTQ people can reconcile their identities and faith. We create connections between the sacred and the secular by partnering with non-religious community-based organizations.

The mission of BMC is to cultivate an inclusive church and society and to care for the Mennonite and Brethren lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied community.

Compelled by the inclusive love of God revealed in Jesus Christ, Room for All envisions the day when people of all sexual identities and gender expressions are fully affirmed in the life and ministry of the Reformed Church in America.

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. Our mission is: United in Spirit and inspired by God’s grace, we welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all.

TFAM Global is the international outreach ministry of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM). TFAM is the largest network of African American led LGBTQ churches in the United States.

Soulforce is a 20-year-old LGBTQI organization that works to sabotage Christian Supremacy and end the political and religions oppression of all marginalized people.

Global Faith and Justice Project. Rooted in faith and justice, this global project amplifies faith voices that protect human dignity and achieve equality for LGBTQ people and their families

 Working for the welcome, celebration, and advocacy of LGBTQ people in the Lutheran Church

We’re working toward the full participation of LGBTQIA+ people in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and in society

The Covenant Network of Presbyterians is a national organization seeking to strengthen the church through education, advocacy and support for LGBTQIA+ people in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Sponsorship Opportunities

Do you offer a product or service relevant to caring professionals? Simply want to support important this critical educational experience? We’d love for your brand to be a part of the conversation.

Ready to Confront Conversion Therapy

Supported in conversation with people from all walks of life, each person who gathers in an AWI conference learns how to connect, engage and restore the person who needs the unique support that they alone provide.  Attend this conference to aid and better educate those considering conversion therapy. Earn continuing education units (CEUs) as you learn to connect spirituality to community impact.