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612 | Grounding with Jesus: Practical and Evidence-based Skills with a Gospel Twist

Saturday 9/16 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Spiritual Formation, Interventions, and Discipleship, Workshop Tracks


Heidi Vermeer-Quist, Psy.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




During the COVID-19 pandemic, licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders realized the general population is truly UN-Grounded. The world witnessed levels of fear and paranoia never seen before, with mental health professionals’ schedules booked and waitlists growing. People are losing themselves in the “O” zone of Others, Outcomes, and Old Stuff. Grounding skills are missing in the lives of many Christian clients. In this workshop, participants will learn to share the Gospel (good news) of grounding as a missional opportunity to connect willing Christian clients to the precious present and Jesus—the Way, the Truth, and the Life. “Grounding” is a mental health curriculum (used successfully for over a decade) encouraging people toward prayer and empowering them with effective mental health skills cultivated in a loving relationship with God. The presenter will provide an overview of grounding from a biblical perspective, which encourages participants to help clients engage in a loving relationship with their Maker, supports them to discover and use boundaries, CBT, DBT, ACT, and other best practice skills successfully in their day-to-day lives, and teaches them how to breathe, belong, and give thanks in all circumstances.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the wisdom of the Lord’s Prayer and the Serenity Prayer for willing Christian clients and discuss how those prayers apply to grounding skills—encouraging awareness of God’s presence, self-awareness, and mindfulness
2. Summarize and apply aspects and techniques of boundaries, CBT, DBT, and ACT, which are effective with anxiety reduction, increasing positive connections, and improving the precious present moment
3. Discuss how to invite clients to experience more security here and now through breath prayer, giving thanks in all circumstances, and willingness to realize suffering and hardships as gifts
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