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Religious Trauma: Deconstruction is Just the Beginning

In-Person Training
(Johnson City)

1 CE Hour

Religious Trauma: Deconstruction is Just the Beginning

Khia Hudgins-Smith, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Presentation Date/Time

Friday, March 15, 2024
12:30pm – 1:30pm EST
(Networking opportunity from 12noon – 12:30pm EST)


Turning Point-Frontier Health
208 E. Unaka Ave
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

 This training will be focused on the mental health profession becoming increasingly aware of the impact of religious trauma on their clients, and more therapists are seeking out the knowledge to recognize and treat Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS) as they would Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD). This will explore important aspects of this important topic.


  • Understand the difference between Religious Trauma and Spiritual Abuse
  • Learn the history of the term Religious Trauma Syndrome and what contributes to the diagnosis
  • Observe how power, control, and abuse are correlated with RTS

About the Speaker(s)

Khia Hudgins-Smith, LPC-MHSP, NCC

The work Khia implements is focused on cultural competence, diversity, equity, and inclusion for underserved and marginalized student populations enrolled at the University. Before coming to the Counseling Center at ETSU, Khia spent five years working in private practice at the Journey Center for Healing Arts in Johnson City, TN. During her time there, she focused her work on adult and adolescent transgender individuals and started support groups to optimize their care and sense of community. Khia received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice in 2012 from ETSU and is excited to be back on campus to be an advocate and provide representation and visibility of diversity in the counseling center. Khia is also level 2 trained in Brainspotting, a brain-body-based mindfulness modality with foundational aspects close to EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). She recently received her 200HR Yoga Certification, which she earned through Downtown Yoga’s Black Yogi scholarship in 2020.

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