Course overview

Health Effects of Religious Trauma: The Unseen Epidemic

This course covers identifying and diagnosing religious trauma and how this type of trauma can be linked to chronic health ailments.

Daniel Wolpert, MDiv, MA

 Board Review Series

AIHM 2017 Annual Conference

 Required Lessons


 Time to Complete

1 hour

 Non-CME Eligible*

0 Credits 

What you will learn

  • Course Summary

  • The negative health effects of religious trauma (RT) are well known within popular culture but are almost completely hidden from the medical profession. Yet this trauma is the source of numerous adverse health effects for millions. Many people suffering from RT have chronic ailments that resist treatment for years because the primary source of their trauma is not recognized. This session will help professionals recognize RT, understand the negative health effects associated with such trauma, and give suggestions as to how to begin to diagnose and treat patients suffering from the effects of RT.
    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Recognize the harmful consequences of hidden religious trauma
    • Identify how to diagnose patients suffering negative repercussions of religious trauma
    • Explain how religious trauma and chronic ailments can be linked

Course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • 1 Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

Included in this course

Course Faculty

Daniel Wolpert, MDiv, MA

About Daniel
Rev. Daniel Wolpert, a healer and student of the spiritual life, worked as a research scientist, psychologist, spiritual director, farmer, teacher, and construction worker before earning his Masters of Divinity degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS). Over the past thirty years he has taught in the fields of psychology and spiritual formation, led retreats, and delivered talks in such settings as the Art of Spiritual Direction Program at SFTS, the Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project, Luther Seminary, and the 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation.

In addition to having full-time and interim pastoral positions over the past two decades, he also pursues his spiritual direction and healing work in private practice. Daniel is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing. He is the author of Leading a Life with God: the Practice of Spiritual Leadership (Upper Room 2006) and Creating a Life with God: the Call of Ancient Prayer Practices (Upper Room 2003); and co-author of Meeting God in Virtual Reality (Abingdon 2004) and The Collapse of the Three Story Universe: Christianity in an Age of Science (MICAH 2013). His newest book, Creation’s Wisdom: Spiritual Practice and Climate Change (Orbis) will be published this Fall.

*CME/CEU Credits

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity.