Saturday, March 1
Saturday 9 a.m. – Noon
Nourishing the Soul | Marcia Wochner, PhD | 3 CE Credits | Intermediate
The yearning to know who we are and how we came to be propels us in our psychological and spiritual journey. How we identify our self leads us to look for nourishment on various levels of experience. This workshop begins, as we started at the 2013 retreat, by assisting in solving “the problem of identification.” Through a self-discovery meditation, we will deepen our exploration of our self. We will learn the spiritual purpose of meditation, steps in the development of meditative practice, and our need for spiritual development. We will experience the relationship between the personality and the soul, rather than think about it. Through compassionate inquiry we will learn to discern and follow what is true and beautiful within.
This workshop is designed to increase your awareness of your self. Participants will learn: 1) the spiritual and phenomenal levels of consciousness; 2) to observe themselves from a spiritual perspective; 3) the development of meditative practice and its relationship to spiritual development.
Psychologist, artist, international consultant and executive coach, Marcia K. Wochner has journeyed through her rich life with vision and heart. Wochner is a graduate of the Cincinnati Art Academy (BFA), as well as a graduate of Southern Methodist University (MBA), University of Cincinnati (MA & PhD), and Marquette University (BA).
Understanding & Managing Emotions to Facilitate Personal and Spiritual Growth
Scott Stubenrauch, PsyD & Paschal Baute, PhD | 3 CE Credits | Intermediate
Coping well requires not only emotional reasoning but functioning from intrinsic motives. Many today have never developed the language of feelings. They do not recognize or manage their own feelings well, nor are they skilled at recognizing and responding to others’ feelings. This impairs the ability to work well with others and effectively manage stress. It sabotages personal relationships and the quality of mentoring one can provide to another. Furthermore, it undermines one’s spiritual journey and ability to live life as their authentic self. In order to lessen this epidemic, we can begin by taking an honest look within ourselves to help determine where we stand in terms of emotional judgment and intelligence. By identifying areas we may be emotionally deficient; we can then begin working on developing ourselves in those areas. For clinicians and professional caregivers, a brief measure is available to help identify where one stands in terms of their emotional judgment and intelligence. It is suggested that this measure could be useful for many clients to know their strengths and growth areas in the realm of feelings.
The participant will learn to: 1) describe the influence that emotions have on human behavior; 2) define Emotional Intelligence and its components; 3) articulate how emotional intelligence plays a key role in the authentic spiritual journey; 4) Identify the benefits of integrating a measure of Emotional Intelligence into the treatment process; and, 5) comprehend the psychometric properties and be able to competently administer the Emotional Judgment Inventory (EJI).
Dr. Stubenrauch is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in personality and psychological assessment. As an occupational psychologist, he has consulted for multiple State Departments of Public Safety and Corrections, law enforcement and other public safety municipalities, paramilitary defense contractors, and security firms, as well as organizations in the business sector. He has been involved in multiple high-risk employment selection projects within the protective services sector. Dr. Stubenrauch is employed as the Chief Psychologist with the Institute of Personality and Ability Testing (IPAT), Inc., a psychological test development and research company. He oversees all projects conducted and services provided by members of IPAT’s Public Safety & Security team. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Roosevelt University, and his Doctorate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
World Religions for Therapists: Sensitivity toward and insight into Clients’ Religious Backgrounds | Louise Prochaska, PhD & Panel | 3 CE Credits | Intermediate
This workshop offers two didactic sessions, each followed by a whole-group sharing. the first is information on some minority religions in Ohio. the other didactis provides insights into some signs and causes of toxic forms of religious faith. Small group exercises (three break-out sessions) will generate critical issues related to therapists’ sensitivity and best practices related to religion. there will be a period of quiet for participants to surface their own limiting beliefs and other blocks to client sensitivity.
This workshop is designed to the participant: 1) list the basic tenets, practices, values and morals prescriptions of some less-well-known religions; 2) examine the signs and causes of toxic forms of religious faith; 3) compare some elements common to many religion (or forms of faith) that contribute to clients’ seeking therapy; 4) identify the limiting beliefs or lack of appropriate information or other blocks within the therapist which inhibits sensitivity toward a client with strong religious beliefs; 5) design approaches that demonstrate sensitivity to the client in the area of religion; and, 6) identify which principles of good therapeutic practice are most applicable when dealing with religious issues of one’s clients.
Saturday Afternoon 1-4 p.m.
From Trauma to Dream Catching: Dancing Mindfully into Resilience
Jamie Marich, PhD & Pascal Baute, PhD | 3 CE Credits | Beginner
Music and dance are the metaphysical entrance to the unbounded spiritual. Whereas religion is about boundaries, spirituality is about no separation, freedom and listening and learning. In this workshop, participants will be led through experiences in moving meditation, dancing mindfulness, and dynamic storytelling to help them identify the blocks (rooted in past, unhealed traumas) impeding genuine self-expression. Although participants are welcome to just observe or to use more verbal measures, movement is encouraged. Responding to music promotes learning the attitudes of mindfulness and practicing resilience (flexibility and coping well, no matter what), critical practices for helpers in the modern era who are serious about offering holistic, person-centered treatment. Participants will be able to take the exercises learned in the workshop and use with clients or others in ministry.
This workshop is designed to help you: 1) identify any existing wounds rooted in past experience (i.e., traumas) that keep you from realizing your full capacity for spiritual expression; 2) examine how these blocks in spiritual expression may keep you from being effective with clients, especially when it comes to working with the spiritual dimensions of their selfhood; 3) present the story of one’s journey through dance, storytelling, or other creative measures, working through trauma-based blocks to full expression of selfhood if participant is willing; 4) duplicate the same process engaged during this workshop with clients in order to help them more fully experience resilience; and, 5) explain how working through trauma-based blocks for one’s self, as a professional, is imperative to helping clients process their blocks to fully experience holistic resilience.
Jamie Marich, PhD is a Licensed Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S) and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) in the state of Ohio. Jamie has worked in mental health residential treatment, and in chemical dependency treatment as an inpatient, outpatient, and dual diagnosis counselor. Jamie obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Studies from Capella University, and an M.A. in Counseling from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Jamie also teaches for several reputable online universities, and she offers original workshops for counselors and social workers on a regular basis. In addition to her formal education and work experience, Jamie has obtained advanced training in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and trauma. Jamie specializes in addiction treatment (chemical & behavioral), PTSD/issues related to abuse and trauma, dissociative disorders, spiritual issues (including recovery from spiritual abuse), cross-cultural issues, consultation/mentoring, grief/loss, group therapy, and she has a special passion for treating young adults and women.
Cultivating Mindfulness in the Secular Tradition of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) | Will Slater, PhD | 3 CE Credits | Intermediate
MBSR is taught in over 500 hospitals and clinics worldwide. More than 18,000 patients have completed the program at University of Massachusetts alone. This program will briefly present empirical evidence regarding the efficacy of mindfulness practices, as taught in MBSR, for the cultivation of greater well-being and for coping with many life challenges including stress, chronic pain, depression and anxiety. This program will be predominantly experiential offering participants the opportunity to practice formal mindfulness practices taught in MBSR including body scan, formal sitting meditation practices and mindful body movement. Opportunities will be provided for participants to reflect in small and large groups about their experience of mindfulness and the utility of these practices for one’s professional and personal life.
This workshop is designed to help you begin or extend the practice of mindfulness in one’s life. Formal and informal mindfulness practices will be taught, practiced and reflected upon. Participants will be introduced to highlights of the huge body of research that has emerged within the behavioral and neurological sciences since the inception in 1979 of mindfulness as a secular discipline at University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Let Peace Begin with Me | Rick Reckman, PhD | 3 hours | Beginner
We live in a world where fighting and conflict are commonplace. Nations fight nations. Within nations, factions fight factions. Within our society and our communities, some people oppress others. As individuals we often react with fear and anger. Even within our bodies, our immune systems may attack our healthy cells. And we long for peace. The wisdom traditions often identify a hierarchy of four or five levels as follows: the Body, the Mind (often distinguishing Feeling and Thinking), the Soul, and the Spirit. Psychologists routinely practice at the levels of the body, emotions, and thinking. The level of soul is a level that most psychologists consider to be outside of their domain. Spirit or God or Mystery or Love, as something that exists outside of us and yet connects all of us, likewise is seen by most psychologists as the domain of religion or a matter of faith. This program assumes that the levels of Soul and Spirit may be recognized by Psychologists and fall within the domain of our work. I assume that many of our clients come to us seeking peace, inner peace at any or all of the levels. This program will be experiential and experimental. As a group we will undertake to generate for ourselves and with each other, experiences of peace at two of the five levels. The group will pick which two. We will move into stillness to experience the body at peace. We will move toward opening our hearts, welcoming all feelings while attaching to none to experience peace at the emotional level. We will practice detachment and silence to experience peace at the thinking level. We will follow the Witness/Seer exercise to open a channel to our souls. Or we will follow a path of meditation or prayer to open ourselves to Spirit. And, of course, we will experience the many ways we block ourselves from being at peace. And most likely, our sharing of the ways we block ourselves will be what brings us together and open the door for us to take another step in our psychological/spiritual development.
This workshop is designed to help you: 1) have some direct experience of inner peace; 2) practice ways of entering into the experience of inner peace; 3) practice ways of talking about experiencing peace; 4) recognizing the many ways we block ourselves from directly experiencing our deeper connections with one another.