The Satanic panic was a widespread panic that occurred in the United States between the 1970s-1990s. This panic was focused on the idea that Satan and Satanic practice were at fault for significant criminal activity within that time period, including Satanic ritual abuse. Unfortunately, mental health professionals played a significant role in the false accusation and conviction of those deemed Satanic. This presentation will cover key features of the Satanic panic, the role of mental health professionals during this time period, including the pseudoscience utilized by professionals to incite false confessions, and a basic understanding of Satanism and true Satanic practice.
1. Participants will gain a basic understanding of what the Satanic panic was and factors that influenced its development.
2. Participants will be able to describe the role of mental health professionals during the Satanic panic.
3. Participants will be able to identify techniques utilized by mental health professionals to garner false confessions that contributed to wrongful convictions during the Satanic panic.
4. Participants will be able to describe the fundamental principles of Satanism and dispel common myths associated with Satanic practice.
- $25 for NBFE members (i.e., CFMHEs and CFMHE applicants/candidates) and, for members of our partnering organizations (see Professional Partners for current listing)
- $35 for non-members
About the Presenter
Dr. Hannah Sunshine Bland
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Nationally Certified Counselor
Dr. Hannah Bland holds her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, is a Nationally Certified Counselor, and is a provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor. She works full-time for PSIMED as a therapist in two adult male correctional facilities in the state of West Virginia and is an adjunct professor for Waynesburg University. Her professional interests include Appalachian culture, forensic populations, and marginalized religious communities. She is currently conducting research on counselor perceptions of Satanism and intends to continue her research and professional efforts to improve the relationship between Satanists and the mental health community.
Continuing Education Information
The National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE) has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6189. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NBFE is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
This webinar has been approved for 1.5 general contact hour(s) with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling, and the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking # 20-847178 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).
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