An ongoing ecumenical case consultation group for depth, meaning, assessment & utilization of spiritual resources


Integrating a client’s faith story as part of psychotherapy can take many forms.  At a basic level, it is about how we listen to our clients and their stories not just for the overt religious themes and content, but for the subtle nuances of ultimate concern, sin, grace, forgiveness, love, vocation, belonging, etc.  Encountering our clients and their story involves opening ourselves to hearing the story wherever it may take us.  Some of our clients’ stories and beliefs may challenge our own understanding and force us to wrestle with our own understandings and beliefs. 

This case consultation group involves shared case material by members in a confidential setting, reflection on the case material through a broad theological lens, and time for personal interaction to enhance therapist growth and development. 


Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will experience a broadening of appreciation for diverse points of view by reviewing a variety of cases with a diverse group of participants and engaging in dialogue and reflection with a range of ethnic, socio-economic, and religious perspectives. 
  2. Participants will gain an awareness of how to listen for the spiritual story of their clients and learn how to integrate that story with other aspects of therapy.
  3. Participants will grow in an understanding of their own spiritual and religious traditions and learn when and how to appropriately draw on these for the benefit of their clients.




Date & Time

This group meets from 1:00 – 2:30PM on the 2nd & 4th Friday of each month.  New members are added each quarter.  Contact us about the next time new members will be added.  



The group will meet at the Counseling Center at Belle Meade United Methodist Church at 121 Davidson Road, Nashville, TN 37205.



The group will cost $10 per session ($20 per month). To maintain group continuity, each member must agree to a minimum of 3 months and may pay monthly, bi-monthly, or in full upfront. 



Chris O’Rear, MDiv, MMFT

Chris is a licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapist in Tennessee and is the Director of the Counseling Center at Belle Meade United Methodist Church. He earned his Master of Divinity in pastoral care & counseling from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Master of Marriage & Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University.  Chris is a Diplomate (Approved Supervisor) in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is currently endorsed as a pastoral counselor by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.  


Theological Reflection Case Consultation Brochure
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To apply to be a part of the case consultation group, please read the following participant policies and guidelines and then complete the form below.  


Participant Policies & Guidelines


The Group will meet 1 ½ hours twice per month on the 2nd &4th Fridays at 1PM.  The group will meet at The Counseling Center at Belle Meade United Methodist church located at 121 Davidson Road, Nashville, TN 37205. The group will involve required reading to help create a common vocabulary for theological reflection.  Most of the meetings will involve group participants sharing case material from their own clinical work for group reflection.  Participants will be encouraged to reflect personally on their own traditions and challenges in the case material presented.  The group will, therefore, require personal sharing.  Due to the nature of the case material and personal sharing, participants must be able to be respectful with other group members and with the case material. 



  • Group participants agree to attend and pay for all group sessions unless other arrangements are made before the group begins.
  • For unforeseen reasons, there may be a reason that group cannot meet.  We will make every effort to reschedule such sessions.  Group participants will not be responsible for paying for sessions if the group does not meet and the session cannot be rescheduled at a reasonable time.
  • Unless other arrangements have been made, payments are to be made at each session. 
  • As long as group members are part of the group, members will be responsible for paying for sessions whether they attend group or not (emergencies, illness, excepted at the facilitator’s discretion).
  • Payment for sessions may be made by cash, check (made payable to “Counseling Center at BMUMC”), credit cards, mobile pay apps including Zelle, Apple Pay, Android Pay, & Samsung Pay. 
  • No CEUs will be granted for this group.  Participants desiring CEUs are encouraged to participate in the January 26th Workshop at the center. (Request more information if interested). 


To maximize the usefulness of this consultation group, confidentiality of case material presented and personal sharing of group members is of utmost importance.  Group members will be given a general format for preparing case material presented to the group.  In all case presentations, group members should seek to protect all potentially identifying information about clients presented.  In the rare case that a client being presented is recognized by another group member, that group member may be excused from the conversation for the day. 



By checking the box below, I am agreeing that I have thoroughly reviewed the guidelines above and am agreeing to participate in this case consultation group according to these guidelines.



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