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DATES: May 29–30, 2021

Special COVID-19 Pricing:

Only $15 to attend the
2-day academic conference!


25% Off for

GCRR Academic Society Members

(discount will automatically apply at checkout)

All Proceeds Go toward Funding GCRR's

Religious Trauma Research Project

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About this Virtual Conference

The Global Center for Religious Research (GCRR) is hosting the 2021 International eConference on Religious Trauma, which will bring together specialists, psychiatrists, and researchers from all over the world to discuss the causes of religious trauma, as well as its manifestations and treatment options for those afflicted with the sometimes adverse effects associated with religion.


The purpose of this multidisciplinary virtual conference is to advance the clinical and psychological understanding of religious trauma. This two-day conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for scholars, educators, and practitioners to present their research to international audiences from all different backgrounds.

And because the virtual conference is held online, scholars and students can attend from the comfort and safety of their own home without having to worry about travel and lodging expenses.

Speakers and Schedule of Presentations!

More to be Announced Shortly

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"Is Religious Trauma a Syndrome? Misconceptions and Other Biases"

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International Best-Selling Author

Expert in Trauma-Responsive Systems

"The Sacredness of Trauma: Equipping Congregations to Bear Witness"

Interim Vice President, 
Wilbur Wright College

"Drama Trauma: How Contemporary American Playwrights Reveal Religious Trauma"

Bhumika Sharma, PhD

Law Professor

"Majoritarian Anti-Conversion Laws in India: A Study of Individual and Social Perspectives"

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Author, Activist, & Public Theologian

"Faith, Doubt,

and Gatekeeper Trauma"

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Clinical Trauma Specialist

"How Religious Trauma Affects the Nervous System and Body"

Therapeutic Counsellor & Researcher

"Developmental Religious Trauma in the Familial Setting: Imagination or Experience?"

Maggie Parker

Graduate Research Fellow

"The Infancy Status of Religious Trauma Research"

North American Committee on

Religious Trauma Research

The Religious Trauma Institute

The Religious Trauma Institute

Specializes in Life Transitions and Religious Trauma

What is Religious Trauma? 

On Sunday, November 8, 2020, the North American Committee on Religious Trauma Research (NACRTR) formulated an official definition to help characterize the nature, scope, and meaning of "religious trauma." The official definition is as follows:


"Religious trauma results from an event, series of events, relationships, or circumstances within or connected to religious beliefs, practices, or structures that is experienced by an individual as overwhelming or disruptive and has lasting adverse effects on a person’s physical, mental, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being."

Why Attend and Present at This Conference

We're Service-Driven, Not Profit-Driven

  • Many other conferences are profit-driven, meaning they charge exorbitant prices so only a select group of people can attend. In fact, in the past, other conferences on this subject have charged well over a hundred dollars just to hear a few people speak!

    • GCRR believes that academic knowledge and impactful topics like religious trauma ought to be easily accessible to the general public. That's why we only charge $15 for the entire event.​

    • We want to see as many people benefit psychologically, emotionally, and academically from attending the event without causing further financial hardship.

We Don't Have a Hidden Agenda

  • Many other conferences are not academic in nature, meaning they have a partisan and biased objective, and they will use their platform to brainwash people.

    • GCRR believes that academic conferences ought to be academic and scholarly! This means presenting accurate, clinically-sound information that has the best interests of potential sufferers in mind.​

    • Some organizations use the term "religious trauma" because they want you to join their religious community or religiously-based therapy treatment (while accepting their version of God and their worldview).

    • Other organizations capitalize on "religious trauma" in an attempt to turn everyone into anti-religious zealots. They uncritically blame everything on religion and turn it into a boogeyman with no real psychological evidence. Both types of fanaticism can be very destructive.

    • GCRR's conferences and publications are evidence-based while recognizing the complexity and nuance of both current scholarship and ethically-sound clinical practices.

      • This means that for some people, any form of religious affiliation may prove psychologically harmful and "religion" should be avoided. For others, they may derive support and safety from a different religious community that is unaffiliated with their original abusers. In either case, GCRR prioritizes the specific needs of the sufferers over the needs of any one ideology or agenda.

      • This also means GCRR wants to hear different perspectives from different worldviews and traditions so attendees can potentially glean insights and benefits from them.

GCRR is the Global Leader in Religious Trauma Research

  • Unlike other organizations and conferences, GCRR is actually the world's leader in conducting clinical and scientific research on religious trauma. With a team of over 25 experts from all over the world currently expanding their research into the subject, GCRR will be publishing a comprehensive textbook on religious trauma in the near future.

    • You can learn more about GCRR's Religious Trauma Research by clicking here.​

We Attract an International Audience

  • GCRR has society members and attracts attendees from all over the world!

    • Each of our conferences are shown live across multiple platforms simultaneously, including Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube, in order to reach a larger audience.​

All Presentations are Recorded and Distributed for Free

  • Some conferences actually charge people an extra fee to receive the event video recordings.

  • With GCRR, the $15 ticket price includes receiving the video recording of all presentations so you can watch any talk that you missed (or rewatch any talk all over again).

Finally, All Event Proceeds Go toward Funding GCRR's Religious Trauma Research Project


Call for Presenters!

Specialists, philosophers, researchers, professors, graduate students, and practitioners are encouraged to submit abstract proposals (200-500 words) to present at this year’s international academic conference. All research presentations will then be published in an upcoming supplemental issue of the peer-reviewed academic journal, Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry (SHERM). Presenters can also feature and promote their own publications during the conference for free!

Abstract Proposal Deadline: May 1st, 2021

Presentation Guidelines

Presentations can take any number of forms, including hosting a discussion panel, interviewing a specialist, presenting a research paper, teaching a classroom lesson, or leading a workshop. Presenters can even video record their presentation outside of the event, rather than host a live session, and then have GCRR show that video recording to conference attendees.

Regardless of the format, we ask that presenters adhere to the following stipulations:

  • Time length for lectures, paper presentations, and classroom lessons:

    • between 20-45 minutes

  • Time length for discussion panels, interviews, and workshops:

    • between 20-90 minutes

  • ​All presentations (except for pre-recorded presentations) will require at least a 30-minute Q&A session at the end for attendees to engage the presenter.

  • Presenters must be members of the GCRR Academic Society

Cost of Attendance for Presenters

All academic presenters need to be current members of the GCRR Academic Society, but presenters do not need to purchase a ticket to the academic conference itself. Presenters will receive a free ticket to the entire event. The following are the only costs associated with presenting at the conference:

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