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[Online] Integrating Spirituality in Psychotherapy: A Path Toward Resilience and Transformation

Date: 9:00am PDT October 24 Location: Online


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 online training 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.

Workshop sessions will incorporate a mix of online lecture and interactive group discussion, with self-paced online learning to be completed in-between meeting dates. 

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.

Workshop at Glance

Zoom Classroom Session  Oct 24
Introductions, History of Spirituality in Psychology in the West, Overview of Psycho-Spiritual Development Models, Defining Spirituality Today: Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR)

Self-guided Learning and Writing 
- Between classroom sessions, participants will complete self-guided assignments that include reflective practices, readings and writing.

Zoom Classroom Session  Oct 31st
Diversity and Spirituality, Post Trauma Growth and Transformative Experiences, Assessment and Opening up the Discussion, The Meaning-Making Process

Workshop Details & Registration

Date & Time: Saturdays, October 24 & 31, 2020, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Offline work to be completed between live workshop sessions.
Instructor: Jessica Thomas, PhD, LMFT

Cost: $125 before 10/1, $150 after, includes 6 CEUs.  Lewis & Clark Alumni and Adjunct Faculty save 20%. Free for Lewis & Clark Clinical Supervisors, Faculty and Staff.

Students: $50. 

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    Please note: Discounted ‘Student Rate’ registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

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 & 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.

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