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Continuing Education

Integrating Spirituality in Psychotherapy: A Path Toward Resilience and Transformation

Date: 9:00am - 4:00pm PDT April 13, 2018 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

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Many ancient traditions speak about transforming suffering into a resource for internal strength and growth. Although traumatic experiences can sometimes result in psychological distress, they can also result in positive psychological changes.

Also known as post-traumatic growth, these positive changes may include the development of new perspectives, personal growth, the cultivation of one’s own spirituality and connecting with something greater than themselves—regardless of religious affiliation.

This course for counselors, therapists and other practitioners will explore the integration of spirituality in therapy. Participants will examine psycho-spiritual development models and the therapist’s role in facilitating the meaning-making process, as well as how this process might help clients cultivate their own spirituality through adverse experiences. Furthermore, a portion of this workshop will discuss and consider the clinicians spirituality and the self-of-the-therapist.

Following the training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and understand the various types of psycho-spiritual development models
  • Integrate spirituality in therapy and facilitate the meaning-making process with families and individuals
  • Describe and understand post trauma growth and its connection to spirituality and transformative experiences
  • Engage the topic of spirituality in therapy with those that are from diverse cultures and belief systems.

Course Details & Registration

Date & Time: Friday, April 13, 2018, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructor: Jessica Thomas, PhD, LMFT

Noncredit: $125 before 3/22, $150 after, includes 6 PDUs or CEUs.  Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

Students: $50  |  L&C Staff: $75  (Contact cce@lclark.edu to register)
Student and Staff spots are limited. Early registration is recommended

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About the Instructor

Jessica Thomas, PhD, LMFT holds an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy and a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Transpersonal Psychology. She is a therapist, an AAMFT certified clinical supervisor and organizational consultant that specializes in death, dying and grief at her private practice Reflective Therapy & Consulting LLC.

Dr. Jessica Thomas has been a hospice volunteer for over eight years and a volunteer for PDX Death Cafe’s- a movement working to open up the discussion of death in the greater community. She currently serves as Education Chair on the board of the NW Association for Death Education and Bereavement Support.

As an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark College, Jessica teaches on death, loss and psycho-spiritual crises, provides clinical supervision and teaches research methods. Her research, Mindful Photography and its Implications in End-of-life Caregiving: An Art-based Phenomenology focused on creative expression and the experience of anticipatory loss.