November 16, 2018

This weekend is the 5th Annual Conference of the Mormon Mental Association.  The Annual Conference typically averages 50-70 conference attendees who are interested in mental health issues as they relate to the LDS/Mormon community. Registrants are adept in disciplines such as education, counseling, therapy, social work, psychology, sociology, research, nursing, medicine, mediation, advocacy and more. This is a wonderful place to network and reconnect with other practitioners and professionals. Conference offers 3 hours of Ethics CEs and 6 general CEs…. Read more

November 16, 2018

I have been open in the past in regards to my concerns for the outdated, abusive, and socially ostracizing practice of excommunication. It’s a spiritually violent, unnecessary act that does not represent the beautiful ministering messages we can read from Jesus Christ. Not to mention it does much harm for a person’s mental health and wellbeing. Friend and fellow podcaster Bill Reel (host of Mormon Discussions), is facing an LDS disciplinary counsel and more than likely, excommunication. Once again… for talking… Read more

November 15, 2018

I thought that for Deseret News, this was a well done piece. It’s very comprehensive in nature and it’s addressing an important conversation that is often not spoken of. It’s complicated by the very strong messaging we find in LDS culture regarding the expectations, importance of and social placement status generated by missions. I hope you all take the time to read it. My colleague, friend and MMHA board member, Randy Moss is featured as one of the clinicians offering his… Read more

November 14, 2018

I find great awe and admiration to families that prioritize offering their children a variety of rituals and beliefs in mixed-faith settings. There are such great and unique opportunities to role model gospel principles in mixed-faith families. Here is a beautiful example of Joanna Brooks, a feminist Mormon mother, who is married to a Jewish man. Today’s guest post is written by Joann Brooks. Opinions shared on guest posts may not completely reflect the positions of the blog’s author.  Joanna Brooks… Read more

November 13, 2018

“They just can’t leave the church alone” is a phrase many progressive or post mormons hear often from their believing friends, family and community members. It’s a phrase that is found belittling, marginalizing and offensive. Here is a good explanation as to why this is the case. Today’s guest post is written by Ashley Ruttan. Opinions shared on guest posts may not completely reflect the positions of the blog’s author.  Ashley is a Canadian Mormon Feminist. Her ward callings and research… Read more

November 12, 2018

I recently had an excellent interview for the Mormon Sex Info Podcast that I broadcast on Facebook Live which you can see HERE. I spoke with Katherine Wela Bogen who shares very important and currently relevant information in regards to the myths about “false reporting.” With the Kavanaugh hearings, our country had some dialogue and discourse that was incredibly difficult to watch from the perspective of a mental health professional. Many myths about sexual assault were prevalent not only in… Read more

April 26, 2018

I was touched by a Facebook post today where one of my friends shared in a vulnerable way her past struggles with suicidal ideation and coming on an anniversary date of a hospitalization. I share in hopes that others in similar situations can feel less alone. Please note the added burden of identifying as gay in our LDS community… as well as ecclesiastical counsel received that was not helpful. Today’s guest post is written by Kendra Ogzewalla. Opinions shared on guest… Read more

April 20, 2018

The following letter is written by one of our transgender members after having listened to the messages shared in our last General Conference. I would encourage for all LDS members to share with your ecclesiastical leaders and within your ward councils. How are we equipped to minister to and serve our transgender members? How are we going to make the space for them to worship comfortably and be able to participate and serve in return? Today’s guest post is written… Read more

April 8, 2018

Given the current things that are coming to light finally within our church and how it has handled sexual assault allegations, I think this is a very timely piece. Today’s guest post is written by Dr. Randy K. Moss. Opinions shared on guest posts may not completely reflect the positions of the blog’s author.  Dr. Moss received his PhD from BYU in Counseling Psychology in 1996 and has been working in the behavioral health field since 1985 with emphasis on co-occurring… Read more

April 5, 2018

The following post is by an anonymous guest who was born and raised in the Mormon church and is shared with permission. Although I may not agree with every single sentence… I didn’t want to alter their work and I agree with much more than I don’t. For a church that has at its very foundation the principle of agency… we do a poor job of practicing it. What is most important about the point of this piece is that… Read more

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