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Integrating Spirituality & Psychotherapy

A Series of 6 Workshops

First Fridays, 9:00am–12:15pm
February–July, 2017

$40 per workshop

Care and Counseling Center of Georgia—Main Office
1814 Clairmont Rd. • Decatur, GA 30033
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3 CE hours for each workshop
Certificate awarded for attendance at all 6



Overall Program Summary

This series will bring together concepts that integrate spiritual issues into a therapeutic context. Participants will come away with perspectives that will deepen their understanding, greater insight into their clients spiritual and psychological lives, and specific interventions to use when appropriate to clients who struggle with faith and finding meaning.

July 7

Healing Through Community Partnerships: Interfaith Panel

Debonee Morgan, LMFT, Certified Spiritual Director

Interfaith Speakers Network (ISN)

The Interfaith Speakers Network is a nonprofit that brings an opportunity to hear and interact with local practicing representatives from six faith traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism (click here for more info). ISN provides a unique opportunity to see different faith traditions working together. The educational panels promote respect and religious pluralism by the way the panelists model these behaviors. Shared values and practices are emphasized, and differences are addressed.

Panelists for this presentation include:

Cheri Tiernan, Buddhism

Cheri Tiernan

Cheri is a Buddhist chaplain and certified Cognitive-Based Compassion (CBCT) training teacher who is completing her clinical rotation at Emory University Midtown Hospital. She is pursuing board certification and would like to specialize as a palliative-care chaplain, helping families and patients navigate the maze of end-of-life care. Cheri has taught compassion meditation at Emory’s School of Medicine and is interested in the intersection of physical, psychological and spiritual health. As a founding board member of Compassionate Atlanta, a worldwide movement inspired by British theologian Karen Armstrong, Cheri is interested in methodologies that advance compassion in the public sphere. She lives in Decatur with her husband and two young children.

Marian Monahan, Christianity

Marian Monahan

Marian is a Spiritual Director, religious educator and has also been trained as a Professional Life Coach through Coaches Training Institute. She is area coordinator for the Ignatian Spirituality Project. She serves as a retreat director at Ignatius House Retreat Center in Atlanta and is currently on the Board. Marian is one of founders of the Neshama Interfaith Center. Her husband, Bill, is a permanent Deacon at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta. They reside in Cumming and have 7 children and 6 grandchildren.

Sucheta Kamath, Hinduism

Sucheta Kamath

Sucheta Kamath, founder of Cerebral Matters, is an expert in brain training and executive function development. With her background in neuroscience and rehabilitation, she runs a well-established practice that aims at helping people improve necessary cognitive abilities, such as organization, communication, goal-management, and self-optimization. She also is a TEDx speaker and a recent graduate of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2015. Sucheta recently started ExQ, an educational software company that offers accessible, web-based tools for cognitive training. On a personal level, Sucheta is an ardent student of Hindu scriptures and serves on the Board of Governance at the Sanatan Hindu Temple in Smyrna.

Amin Tomeh, Islam

Amin Tomeh

Amin Tomeh is an active speaker and trainer in addition to serving as a board member of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta. He is also a founding member and trainer of the Interfaith Speakers Network. Amin participates on an ongoing basis in multifaith discussions with Jews and Christians in an effort to gain understanding of each other’s traditions and to build a stronger community.

Amin is a registered civil engineer and a principal and co-founder of Matrix Engineering Group, an award-winning consultancy group. He is an adjunct professor at Southern Polytechnic State University Department of Construction Management and serves on the Commercial Construction Management Advisory Board at Gwinnett Technical College. Amin is married and a father of two children.

Pamela Jay Gottfried, Judaism

Pamela Jay Gottfried

Pamela Jay Gottfried is a rabbi, parent, ceramics teacher, and the author of Found in Translation: Common Words of Uncommon Wisdom. She currently serves as the Dean of Jewish Studies and Student Life at The Weber School in Atlanta. Gottfried is one of four Rabbis Without Borders in Georgia, is a member of the American Guild of Judaic Art, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Neshama Interfaith Center. Since her rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1993, Gottfried has taught students of all ages in churches, colleges, community centers, mosques, retreat centers, schools, summer camps and synagogues.

Gogi Basi, Sikhism

Gogi Basi

Sardar Gulbarg Singh Basi was born in Punjab and after graduation came to the United States to study in 1964. He then secured a job in Internet technology and stayed here. He has been a Sikh volunteer throughout his life. Currently he serves community as the president of American Sikh Council, and as president of the Global Sikh Council. Sardar Gulbarg Singh has been active with Interfaith group for last few years. He is a Board Member of Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA) and is the FAMA liaison to the Interfaith Speakers Network.

Description
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This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of a variety of faith traditions, including Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Buddhism, in the voices of representatives from each faith. Each will introduce the fundamentals of their beliefs and practices, and answer questions about issues that may present in a clinical setting (e.g. family relationships, sexuality, dating, career, mental health diagnosis).

Learning Objectives

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify basic tenets of various faith traditions, including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and Sikhism.
  2. Describe how faith issues create or inform therapeutic issues.
  3. Apply interventions that are specific to and respectful of clients’ faith traditions.

June 2

Healing Spiritual Wounds in the LGBTQ Community

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Debonee Morgan, LMFT, Certified Spiritual Director
Rev. Julius Jessup Peterson, LCSW
Steve Alper, APC
Rev. Kim Sorrells

Description
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This workshop will explain the basics of language and constructs of queer people’s identities and expression of self. Presenters will address specific trauma and wounding that occurs as a result of coming out, particularly in faith communities and families where religious belief creates barriers in relationship.

Learning Objectives

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe appropriate language around identities and expressions of gender and sexuality.
  2. Understand institutional homophobia, transphobia and microaggressions, particularly in faith communities.
  3. Identify specific interventions for celebrating diverse identities and healing spiritual trauma.

May 5

Healing Spiritual Wounds in Communities of Color

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Rev. Julius Jessup Peterson, LCSW
Pamela Epps, Ph.D.
Rev. Percy Johnson

Description
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This workshop will explore the history and definitions of systemic racism and its effects on clients and clinicians. Through experiential exercises, participants will be able to identify their own potential blind spots and understand the implications of interpersonal and cultural biases. Also covered will be the spiritual aspects of the wounding of identity.

Learning Objectives

In this workshop, participants will:

  1. Learn the historical development of systemic racism and its continuing effects on the mental health of communities of color.
  2. Explore their own implicit bias and its on impact on their clients through role-play and experiential exercises.
  3. Learn a framework for addressing spiritual wounds that contribute and are caused by systemic racism.

April 7

Healing Creatively Through the Arts

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Debonee Morgan, LMFT, Certified Spiritual Director
Émilie Ellis, LAMFT
Orion Crook, LPC
Murray Dabby, LCSW

Description
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This workshop will explore the therapeutic benefits of creative expression, and how using client creativity and imagination can spark emotional connection to self and a Higher Power (by client’s understanding). By using music, poetry, visual art and improvisation interaction, presenters will demonstrate useful tools for helping clients get in touch with their own voices, and express meaningful ideas and emotions.

Learning Objectives

In this workshop, participants will:

  1. Explore how creativity ignites the healing process.
  2. Identify specific interventions to remove emotional barriers to the creative process.
  3. Experience how engaging with the arts and music can connect us with something bigger than ourselves.
  4. Identify specific interventions to help clients use creative methods to name and heal pain and suffering.

March 3

Healing the Spirit by Attending to the Body

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Kristy Aspinwall, LPC, CCTP
Stephanie Foxman, APC, Certified Yoga Instructor
Rev. Kim Sorrells, Certified Yoga Instructor
Melanie Storrusten, LCSW, Certified Yoga Instructor

Description
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This workshop will help participants understand the consequences of trauma and spiritual wounding, and the manifestations in physical stress and maladaptive symptoms. They will learn about the research supporting mindfulness and attention to the body as a healing tool for therapeutic work. Specific interventions will make use of mindfulness techniques, yoga, meditation and other body-work—practices that have historically been connected with spiritual growth, and now are shown to support progress in therapy.

Learning Objectives

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the effect trauma has on how the survivor relates to his/her body and self.
  2. Describe the evidence-based results of healing the mind-body connection through yoga.
  3. Describe the evidence-based results of healing the mind-body connection through meditation.
  4. Explain trauma's impact on spirituality and healing spiritual wounds.
  5. Apply demonstrated interventions with clients.

Feb 3

Finding a Moral Compass in Troubled Times

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Carol Pitts, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, CPCS
Jackson Rainer, Ph.D., ABPP

Description

This workshop will explore the dynamics of working at the intersection of contentious, national discourse and the intrapsychic and interpersonal struggles of our clients. Together we will look at values that are shaping our cultural context and that are affecting and infecting the lives of the adults, couples, teens, and children we see. We will explore the ethics of care in the context of intrapersonal, interpersonal and familial dynamics.

Learning Objectives

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify conflicting values that shape the national discourse.
  2. Identify ways in which these values are challenging the clients we work with.
  3. Gain clarity on the ethical issues at stake in responding to clients who express values that contradict our own.
  4. Develop strategies to help clients navigate family dynamics stressed by the national discourse.

3 core hours of CE credit applied for each workshop from the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work, and Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. You must be on time and stay for the entire event to receive CE credit.

Workshop Registration

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