Friday, February 28
11: 30 a.m. – Noon | Registration

12-12:30 p.m. | Plenary
During this time attendees will hear from each speaker and register for individual workshops.

1-4 p.m.

Ethics, Psychotherapy and Spirituality | Mary Anne Orcutt, PhD & Rick Reckman, PhD
3 CE Credits | Advanced *Ethics Credits

This workshop focuses on the ethics for therapists who consider incorporating spiritual issues into psychotherapy practices. We will look at the ethics guidelines as they relate to boundaries, awareness and training in diverse religions, risk management, maintaining our own spiritual and mental health as it relates to spiritual issues within the context of psychotherapy. Participants are urged to bring questions and ethical dilemmas. Format will be primarily reviewing vignettes, with both small and large group discussion as they relate to the ethics code.

This workshop is designed to help you: 1) identify three ethical principles which relate to spirituality issues in the context of therapy; 2) practice a process by which one can evaluate ethical implications of dilemmas by using the APA Ethics Code and consultation with other professionals; and, 3) develop a process of awareness by which to self-evaluate one’s own psychological and spiritual health, in order to best maintain ethical behavior.

Mary Anne Orcutt, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice in Columbus for over 25 years. She is the director of Bethel Olentangy Psychological Services, a practice with 11 psychologists. She is on the associate medical staff at Riverside Methodist Hospital. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, and was associate executive director of Southeast Mental Health Center in Columbus for three years. She served on the OPA Ethics Committee for 12 years and as its chair for two years.

Rick 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 30 years.

The Latest in Dinner Party Talk: Let’s Talk about Death! | Kathleen Barreca, M. S.Ed, LPC
3 CE Credits | Beginner

Death Over Dinner is a paradigm shifting concept developed by Michael Berg, a visiting fellow at the University of Washington’s Department of Communication who along with Scott Macklin created a project bringing views on death to life by gathering over a meal to discuss critical issues related to death and dying. This modified workshop is designed to highlight and then challenge, our own personal demons related to death and dying. When helping professionals are uncomfortable with their fears related to the dying process they may fail to therapeutically connect with clients experiencing of-of-life issues. Due to scientific advances in medicine, people live longer, more productive lives resulting in additional dying process issues. Helping professionals are charged with the responsibility to assist clients’ face potentially frightening death and dying questions. This presentation will combine a didactic and experiential component, utilizing video, small group and large group discussions.

This workshop is designed to help you: 1) Define death from a scientific, biopsychosocial spiritual and religious views; 2) Describe how our understanding of end-of-life care has drastically changed; 3) Discuss and analyze differences in diverse cultures as to death customs/rituals; and, 4) Come away with ability to describe and utilize information from Near-Death Experiences as to the alleviation of the fear of death.

Kathleen A .Barreca, M. S.Ed, LPC is a licensed professional clinical counselor currently working with Mindful Ohio in clinical community outreach. Kathleen, a 2010 graduate of Youngstown State University School of Graduate Studies in Community Counseling has also served as an adjunct faculty member with ITT-Tech in Youngstown, Ohio teaching courses in psychology. With a background in religious studies, Kathleen is passionate about blending the diversity of religious culture, along with the use of Near-Death Experiences and Nearing-Death Awareness, specializing in issues surrounding death and dying. Kathleen is currently in the process of launching The Takoda Center, a non-profit organization for mental health treatment, combining both traditional evidence-based practices and non-traditional holistic approaches to provide a comprehensive treatment approach so the entire person becomes healed and well.

The Logos Doctrine of Christianity and Its Application to Psychotherapy
H. Owen Ward, Jr., PhD |
3 CE Credits | Intermediate

A lecture begins with a brief overview of the Logos doctrine as it was developed in classical philosophy and its influence on Christian theology. Consideration will be given to diversity issues as it affects the understanding of how the Logos of each individual forms a unique pattern of experience, providing a model respecting the diversity of beliefs in the context of the goals of psychotherapy with diverse populations and the manner in which the Logos idea addresses the transcendental unity of all religion and diverse forms of spirituality. Ample discussion integrating the Logos doctrine with our understanding of the psychotherapy process and the manner in which psychotherapy addresses spiritual growth and development. The session will end with a meditation exercise that emphasizes an intuitive analysis of the essence of our subjective experience, associated with the teaching of the Indian sage, Ramana Maharshi, with a discussion following this exercise.

This workshop is designed to help you: 1) Develop an understanding of the nature and importance of the Logos doctrine to western spirituality and its application to Christian theology; 2) Understand how the Logos idea influenced the development of psychotherapy; and, 3) Lean a form of meditation that is compatible with a biblical understanding of the Logos doctrine.

H. Owen Ward Jr., PhD is a clinical psychologist maintaining a private practice for the past 34 years.  He has held part-time faculty positions at the University of Dayton, The MacGregor School at Antioch University and Wittenberg University.  He is currently a clinical professor at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology where he teaches a yearly internship seminar entitled “Religion and Spirituality in Psychotherapy.”  He recently taught a well-received seminar on trauma for the Jung Association of Central Ohio.  He has studied philosophy and religion informally for many years and current participates in several study groups led by academic philosophers.  He has written a manuscript under consideration for publication entitled, “From Glory to Glory: The Psychodynamics of Salvation in Christ.”

Friday Evening

7 p.m. | Fireside Chat: Therapeutic use of Spiritual Resources | Paschal Baute, EdD & Rick Reckman, PhD | 2 CE Credits

The challenge in coping well, no matter what, which we now call resilience, is finding the inspiration to face adversity. The belief system of the client is critical. We now know that the belief system of the therapist is a shaping factor in the therapeutic process. Therefore it is urgent that the therapist understand one’s own spiritual resources, while being able to respect, honor, and even encourage those of the client. The use of spiritual resources is more than accidental to the healing process. Any transformative experience involves a dynamic relationship with what? Love? Truth? Mystery? Helping psychologists understand uses of spiritual resources can increase their connection with the client and increase effectiveness of outcomes. The challenge for psychologist is to become comfortable talking about this shaping of values from whatever source. This fireside chat asks each participant to focus on the spiritual values that nurtures both the therapist and the client. Some would argue there is an ambiance present between humans engaged in change, that, when embraced, can infuse and further nurture the process. Participants are invited to discuss and share their observations, experience and skills or art in recognizing these resources. Scientists know that the DNA has a chip for belief. The belief itself nurtures wellness, regardless of the particularities of the wisdom tradition. To ignore the role and impact of belief undermines human effectiveness and the development of resilience.

1) The key role of spiritual values in shaping the therapeutic process and resilience; 2) appropriate ease in discussing and sharing their own spiritual values; and, 3) discernment and language for conversation with clients from diverse religious backgrounds.

Dr. Baute has been integrating psychology, spirituality, scripture, evolution, that is, faith, science and wellness, writing, teaching, therapy practice and consulting for many years. He is now semi-retired, a married priest with seven ministries, a spellbinder storyteller, performing for children and adults. He is a faculty member of the University of Kentucky Osher Lfelong Learning Institute programs. Although his basic reference is Evolutionary Psychology (Robin Dunbar and Louise Barrett) he will incorporate some 20 tips for total-ness gathered from the recent extensive survey of neuroscience on how the brain really works, including the work of Daniel Siegel. Visit his website:

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