Union of Psychology and Spirituality Retreat

Meditation and Mindfulness: Applications for Psychotherapy and Self-Care

Friday, October 30 –  Saturday, October 31
11 CE for psychologists, counselors and social workers
Registration Opens: Friday, October 30 at 1:30 p.m.
Workshop begins: 2 p.m.
Retreat will end at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 31
Mohican State Park Lodge 3116 OH-3, Loudonville, OH 44842 (419.938.5411)
Speaker: Richard Reckman, PhD, MaryAnne Orcutt, PhD and Richard Sears, PsyD, MBA, ABPP
Cost: (Price includes continental breakfast, Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and snacks.)
Single Room Occupancy Rates
$400 OPA Member / Clergy / Spouse of OPA Member
$450 Non-OPA Member
$300 Student
Double Room Occupancy Rates
$340 OPA Member / Clergy / Spouse of OPA Member
$385 Non-OPA Member
$240 Student
Registration deadline is Thursday, September 25


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This Retreat is offered for psychologists and other mental health professionals interested in gaining skills and experience in meditation and mindfulness practices and in learning ways to utilize such practices in their clinical work.  Extending over one and a half days, the Retreat consists of a series of mindfulness exercises, meditations, and discussions of clinical applications.

While mindfulness has ancient roots in the Buddhist tradition, the practices are compatible with other religions and can be adopted in a strictly secular, modern manner.  Mindfulness can be defined as the self-regulation of awareness with the intent of minimizing suffering and cultivating compassion and well-being.  Mindfulness is a training of one’s attention with the aim of enhancing the quality of one’s experience.  The intents and aims of mindfulness are essentially the same as the goals of psychotherapy.

While mindfulness is a specific form of meditation, there are other meditative practices that are just as ancient and just as modern.  Focusing meditation, too, is a training of attention.  During this practice, we are calming the body and the mind.  We move toward and sometimes into stillness and silence.  We practice letting go of thoughts and redirecting our attention—over and over again.  We become physically more relaxed, mentally more effective in directing our attention, and emotionally less reactive.  These heightened capacities are similarly useful in reducing suffering and in enhancing quality of life.

Just as mindfulness and meditation practices are compatible with a wide range of religions and modern, secular mindsets, so too are such practices compatible with various “schools” of psychotherapy.  Practitioners who identify with a Psychoanalytic orientation can use such practices as can a Gestalt therapist or a Cognitive Behavioral therapist.  Some newer psychotherapeutic approaches such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are evidence based interventions that explicitly incorporate mindfulness practices.  Brain scan research shows significant changes in brain functioning, and even cortical thickening in areas such as the medial prefrontal cortex, after only eight weeks of consistent mindfulness practice.  Throughout the Retreat, we will be discussing how we can use mindfulness and meditation practices to improve our clinical effectiveness.

The Retreat format emphasizes active participation and discussion with less formal lecture.  The program is designed to accommodate participants with little knowledge of mindfulness and meditation as well as participants who make these practices a central part of their work and lives.  Attendees are strongly urged to stay overnight to fully immerse themselves in the experience.   There will be plenty of opportunity to take advantage of the collective wisdom of all of the retreat participants, as well as to practice applying meditation/mindfulness strategies.

Learning Objectives

Participants will leave with the following: 1) a conceptual understanding of mindfulness, personal experience with mindfulness practices, and a practical understanding of how to apply mindfulness practices to their work.  2)  a conceptual understanding of meditation, personal experience meditating, and a practical understanding of how to apply meditation in their clinical practice.


About the Speakers:

Mary Anne Orcutt, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice, and Director of Bethel Olentangy Psychological Services, Columbus, a practice with 9 psychologists.  She has been teaching meditation and mindfulness to her clients for over two decades to assist with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma, addictions, and couples/family issues, among other issues. Her most influential experiences have been training experiences with Thich Nhat Hanh and Jack Kornfield. She was on the OPA Ethics Committee for 12 years, chair for two, and has co-facilitated the Ethics seminar for the Spirituality and Psychotherapy retreat for a number of years.  She has been involved with the planning of Spirituality/ Psychotherapy retreat for many years.

Richard Sears, PsyD, MBA, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cincinnati, director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation, and research/clinical faculty for Integrative Medicine at UC College of Medicine. He has been practicing and teaching Zen and mindfulness for over 30 years, and received a PhD in Buddhist Philosophy. He is lead editor of the book “Spirituality and Religion in Psychotherapy,” and author of four books on mindfulness.

Richard Reckman, PhD is a past president of the Ohio Psychological Association. Dr. Reckman has worked in a private clinical practice in Cincinnati for more than 35 years.  He has been meditating on a daily basis for more than 42 years.  Dr. Reckman has offered dozens of workshops for OPA and started the OPA Union of Psychology and Spirituality Retreats 11 years ago.


Questions? Contact OPA’s Director of Membership & Education Joan Bowman


The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists: OPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
Disclaimers/Cancellation and Refund Policy: Attendees needing to cancel must do so in writing before 7 business days prior to the event and will be subject to a $30 service charge. ALL CANCELLATIONS WILL BE SUBJECTED TO THIS SERVICE CHARGE. No refunds will be given for cancellations received less than 8 days prior to the event. The planners and sponsors of this event are committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information. However, they are not responsible for changes, additions or deletions to the services, but will work toward accommodating the needs of the attendees.
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Continuing Education Credit Policies: Those individuals wanting CE credits must sign and complete the Workshop Evaluation Form and return the form to OPA at the end of each workshop as instructed. APA guidelines state that a participant may arrive no more than 10 minutes late or leave more than 10 minutes early to receive credit for a program. As an APA-Approved Sponsor, OPA adheres to this guideline. No partial credit will be given. The workshop planners will make every effort to ensure that each workshop begins and ends promptly at its designated time.
Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers and Counselors:  The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board to offer continuing education to counselors and social workers. The approval number is RCS070608.
Certificates of Attendance will be distributed at the end of the workshop to all pre-registered participants who meet the criteria specified above.

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