Understanding Trauma and Epigenetic Influence Through the Catholic Lens

  • 30 Apr 2022

Understanding Trauma and Epigenetic Influence Through the Catholic Lens

Presented by Larry Freeney MA & Laura Aguirre MA, LPC

Saturday, April 30th 10:30AM - 12:00PM: Lecture and Q&A

1.5 CEU 


Oftentimes, trauma is viewed through the lens of judgement, and is therefore exacerbated rather than healed. As many continue internalize the negative perceptions of others as their personal soundtrack, it is no wonder that many continue to struggle with trauma. Because sin and trauma are both separative agents of the human condition, viewing those struggling with trauma with compassion and dignity can help facilitate the transforming effect of the healing journey. Much like how the therapeutic relationship is the most important influenced factor when it comes to positive therapeutic outcomes, exposing our clients to compassion and respect can help create the environment needed to facilitate traumatic growth.

Target Audience: Helping professionals of all disciplines, and the clergy who regularly collaborate with them 

Course Content Level: Beginner

Learning Objectives:

  • Collect a new perspective when it comes to working with clients suffering from trauma
  • Apply our Catholic faith in our counseling practice by adopting Christ's perspective of others
  • Find insight on how to connect with clients suffering from a separative agent, such as trauma.

Larry serves as a Team Leader, Lead Parish Counselor, and Associate Director of Education and Assessments at Rejoice Counseling Apostolate. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and an Accredited Financial Counselor Candidate. As a Ph.D. Candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Sam Houston State University, he is currently completing his dissertation, which focuses on the lived experiences of millennials with student loan debt. Larry earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Christianity (2014) and a Master of Arts in Counseling (2016) at Houston Baptist University.

At Rejoice, Larry coordinates educational opportunities for our counseling team, our parish partners, and their parishioners. Larry also oversees the administration and evaluation of various psychological assessments, as he received extensive training under a licensed psychologist throughout his doctoral program. As a student supervisor, Larry works with counseling students from various universities by providing them with a practicum and internship experience that focuses on the wholistic formation of each student. When it comes to counseling, Larry serves onsite at multiple parishes and counsels from a refined approach that integrates Gestalt-based counseling with traditional, Catholic fundamentals. Larry has additional experience working as a Care Coordinator and Mental Health Counselor at The Harris Center (formally known as MHMRA) and as a Registered Behavioral Technician at Therapy & Beyond, where he worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disorders. Larry has also acquired 1500+ hours of experience working with individuals and couples with financial issues, focusing on budgeting, paying off debt, and basic investing.

Aside from counseling, Larry serves on the Advisory Board for the St. John Paul II Foundation, a national Catholic apostolate dedicated to proclaiming the gospel of life and forming families as intimate communities of love. He is a member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association, where he serves as a student representative on the Journal Taskforce. Through this position, he is gaining experience with grant writing, fundraising, and advocacy.  Larry also works closely with UST MAXstudios at the University of St. Thomas in Houston where he serves as an outside expert on relationships, communication, and conflict resolution.

More information about this conference, including cost, cancellation policy, how to register and obtain CEUs is available through the link below. 

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