175: The November 2015 Policy Reversal from a Clinical Standpoint

In this episode of Mormon Mental Health, Natasha is joined by Sara Hughes-Zabawa, Jennifer White and Lisa Butterworth as they discuss the recent reversal of the 2015 exclusion policy surrounding children with LGBTQ+ parents not being baptized and participating in other aspects of the church. 

The 4 approach the policy from a clinical perspective and how LGBTQ+ folks were affected in 2015 and now. They also address:

1)    Holding space for those serving the community,

2)    The complex feelings happening because of the reversal, and

3)    Strategies to approaching general conference in healthy ways. 

Sara recommends Greg Prince’s new book, Gay Rights and the Mormon Church:

You can see him speak in his work here:

You can find out more about the Family Project here.

Sara Hughes-Zabawa, LSCW, lives in Montana specializing in trauma and specific women’s issues. She is a wellness coach and therapist with Symmetry Solutions.

Jennifer White, LCSW, specializes in helping people with depression, anxiety, sexuality concerns, trauma, and faith transitions/journeys.  She offers coaching/consultation and therapy services to individuals, couples and families at Symmetry Solutions.

Lisa Butterworth, LPC, NCC, is a wellness coach and therapist with Symmetry Solutions as well as the founder of the Feminist Mormon Housewives.

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Natasha Helfer Parker runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith. She also hosts the popular podcasts, Mormon Mental Health & Mormon Sex Info and creates the sex educational resource, Sex Talk with Natasha.



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