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Counseling Psychology Alumni Gathering

Date: 9:30am PST March 2 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

We invite alumnae of Lewis & Clark Graduate alumnae of Lewis & Clark’s Counseling and Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy graduate programs for a breakfast and free workshop (including 2 CEUs). This years workshop is Socially Just Religious and Spiritual Interventions: Ethical Uses of Therapeutic Power with Elisabeth Esmiol Wilson, PhD, Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

Psychotherapy research increasingly indicates that religion and spirituality can both positively and negatively influence personal well-being, and couple and family relationships. Yet, we continue to lack resources on how to specifically navigate the ethical challenges of supporting spiritually and religiously healing practices while challenging hurtful practices. This presentation offers a socially just framework for assessing the relational impact of religious and spiritual practices.

This framework assumes clinicians: 1.) must understand the ethical implications and possible societal inequities of clients’ specific beliefs and practices, 2.) need a strong understanding of their own social location and need to process personal experiences and biases related to spirituality and religion, and 3.) cannot be neutral and need an ethical framework for how to use their therapeutic power.

Participants will learn to navigate the ethical tensions around how to determine which beliefs are harmful or healing through a relational, systemic, socially just approach rooted in curiosity about the social impact of specific beliefs.

Following this session, participants will:

  1. Reflect on self of the clinician’s beliefs, practices and intersecting identities that can impact ethical religious and spiritual interventions
  2. Practice utilizing framework for assessing the relational impact of religious and spiritual practices.
  3. Apply to a case study religiously and spiritually informed clinical interventions that ethically counter harmful religious practices and collaborate with supportive religious practices.

We are excited to provide this opportunity for our program graduates to reconnect with cohort members, faculty, and other alumni friends (old and new), as well as a chance to explore the issues and challenges that clinicians are currently facing.

The workshop is designed to benefit alumnae from the Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy and Professional Mental Health Counseling and Professional Mental Health Counseling Addictions Specialization programs.

Event Details & RSVP

Date & Time: Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
9:30 a.m. - Breakfast and social time
10 a.m.-12 p.m. - Workshop with Elisabeth Esmiol Wilson, PhD (includes 2 CEUs)

  • We are committed to making our events accessible to all needs and abilities. When registering, let us know your access needs. To discuss your access needs before registering, please contact us at 503-768-6040 or cce@lclark.edu.

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About the Presenter

Dr. Elisabeth Esmiol Wilson is an Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Wilson has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, a seminary degree in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Talbot Seminary and earned her PhD in MFT from Loma Linda University. Her research focuses on couples’ experiences of gender, power and spirituality and on clinical training issues including attending to larger contextual issues and integrating client feedback into treatment. She has published journal articles, book chapters, and co-edited a recent book, Socially Just Religious and Spiritual Interventions: Ethical Uses of Therapeutic Power, on these topics. Dr. Wilson is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, is pursuing AASECT Certification as a Sex Therapist, continues to offer spiritual direction, and runs an active private practice focusing on sexual and spiritual issues in couples therapy.