Mormon? Or Latter-day Saint?

Instructor: Natasha Helfer, LMFT, CSTS & Aimee Heffernan, MFT

This course  was created to help counselors and therapists understand the current cultural climate around nomenclature within Mormonism

Embark on a journey through the challenges and competencies essential for therapists working with clients from Mormon backgrounds. Explore recent shifts within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as it distances itself from the term "Mormon," sparking controversy within the diverse community.

Gain insight into the complexities stemming from the Restoration Movement of Joseph Smith, ensuring sensitivity and alignment with clients, educators, and researchers in this evolving landscape. Stay informed to foster respectful interactions and avoid unintentional offense.

# of CEs: 1 hour

Level of Instruction: Intermediate, Post-Graduate


  1. Be able  to identify the changes the mainstream church from the Restoration Movement of Joseph Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is making in regards to its branding.
  2. Be able to identify the doctrinal, historical and cultural factors that are affecting these changes and how they may present in a therapeutic space.
  3. Be able to identify ways people from these communities may want to be addressed as they are meeting with providers either as clients, attendees of educational platforms, or research participants.

Why Should You Take This Course?

  • We are expected to practice mental health in ways that are Religiously and Spiritually Competent.

  • Within the context of Mormonism, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has recently made a concerted effort to move away from the terms/nicknames of Mormon and Mormonism.
  • Not everyone within the umbrella of Mormonism agrees with or is impacted by this change.
  • As a culturally competent clinician, you want to be aware of how the nomenclature changes may affect your clients and keep you from avoiding any microaggressions.
Learn What's Important
Religion and spirituality are powerful aspects of the human experience and should not be ignored during mental health treatment. Within the context of Mormonism, there are several sects you may encounter when working with clients. It is important to be aware of some recent nomenclature shifts when working within this population. Being competent with understanding language shifts will help with more effective joining, treatment planning, and more successful treatment results.
Learn by Example
Research consistently shows that religion and spirituality are considered important factors in many people's lives. LDS clients prefer clinicians who either belong to their faith community, or those who have made a concerted effort to become culturally competent and respect their values.

Natasha Helfer, LCMFT, CST-S

Natasha Helfer LCMFT, CST-S, received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University.

She also received her certifications as a sex therapist and sex therapist supervisor from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

Helfer is a speaker, writer, and podcaster with 23 years of clinical experience primarily working with a Mormon clientele around issues of relational health, faith transitions and journeys, and sexuality. She writes a blog called "The Mormon Therapist," and hosts the podcasts "Mormon Mental Health," and "Mormon Sex Info."

Helfer has authored two books: “One Family, Two Views” (mixed-faith marriage) and “Check your Baggage” (challenging sex negative messages). Helfer has presented all over the country both in professional and public settings, has been invited as a guest speaker at several national and international events as well as been interviewed on a variety of podcasts, TV news programs and newspapers.

Helfer was excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka Mormon church) for issues surrounding her advocacy for sexual health.

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