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2020 CPA Conference: An Ethical Discussion: Mental Health Professionals Supporting Persons Seeking Recovery from Possession

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Ms. Jennifer Madere, LPC Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant & Trainer, ISSTD Fellow |  Dr. Frank Moncher |  Dr. Cynthia Hunt |  Rev. John Szada |  Dr. Anna Pecoraro, Psy.D.
1.5 Hours
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The Rite of Exorcism requires that a mental health evaluation be done by a licensed professional before an exorcism is approved by the local Catholic diocese. Mental health professionals may also help individuals and families recover and find freedom from the psychological antecedents and sequelae to the spiritual affliction, and build (or rebuild) their lives, personal identity, and relationships.

This presentation will focus primarily on the roles of the mental health professional in assessing and supporting persons who are or have been possessed; however, some generalization may be made toward working with persons who experience other spiritual afflictions. Attendees will acquire a general understanding of diagnostic and ethical dilemmas regarding the assessment, differential diagnosis, and treatment of persons presenting with suspected or confirmed possession and be referred to professional literature and other related resources for further study.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to: describe the type and scope of the roles that mental health professionals may fill in the process of psychological assessment and treatment of persons seeking exorcism ministry.
  • Attendees will be able to: name several potential ethical and boundary concerns known to commonly arise during the course of treatment with clients who are recovering from severe spiritual afflictions.
  • Attendees will be able to: articulate the importance of initial and continued differential diagnosis, and collaboration with other professionals and clergy during the course of treatment with persons recovering from severe spiritual afflictions.

This program does not qualify for NBCC credits


Ms. Jennifer Madere, LPC Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant & Trainer, ISSTD Fellow's Profile

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Jennifer Madere is a LPC-Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant/Approved Trainer in private practice. She is a founding partner of Intuitus Group in Cedar Park, Texas.  She has accompanied child and adult survivors of trauma on their journey of healing and recovery in psychotherapy since 2003.

Jennifer supervises graduate and post-graduate clinicians and consults and offers training and consultation related to treatment of complex trauma, pathological dissociation, and EMDR therapy. Jennifer also trains fellow clinicians in the ethical integration of faith and spirituality in clinical practice. Jennifer is a past President of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association, a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and co-teaches the EMDR therapy training offered by ISSTD.

In addition to numerous professional presentations in local, national, and international conferences, Jennifer is the published author of several scholarly works on the topics of consultation and screening, assessment, and differential diagnosis for dissociative disorders.

Since 2015, Jennifer has collaborated with D. Michael Coy, LICSW, and Paul Dell, PhD to update the interpretive manual and associated documents for the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation (MID) and make the MID documents and training accessible to clinicians and researchers world-wide (see

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