Description: The Spiritual Connection is about how we tap into and cooperate with the natural life-affirming power wired into every human being. It creates an awareness of how we all participate in the spiritual dimension of life. That awareness enables us to model and teach what we understand experientially. The book describes therapeutic theories and techniques used to facilitate emotional and spiritual growth and how they are based on the fundamental values underlying the healing power of all psychotherapy.
About the author: Benjamin B. Conley, M.Div., LMFT, a seasoned psychotherapist and marriage and family therapist, also trained theologically (Vanderbilt Divinity School)is the author of this course. He offers a deeply human understanding of the meaning of values in everyday living. Conley finished his initial clinical training as a psychotherapist in 1965 in a three-year residency at the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute, a psychoanalytic and self-psychology oriented psychiatric clinic in New York City. He had additional extensive training in Transactional Analysis, Gestalt Therapy, Bioenergetics, Hypnosis, Sex Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, and trauma work including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
1. To identify how a psychotherapist can function with an awareness of the spiritual dimension of reality.
2. To identify three conceptualizations of spirituality that can be utilized to clarify beliefs.
3. To describe the central importance of a spiritual connection with a client for healing to occur in psychotherapy.
4. To identify how values enhance or degrade an emotional/spiritual connection with clients.
5. To describe a method by which practitioners can model participation in the spiritual dimension.
6. To assess what sanctifies or pollutes the spiritual dimension.
7. To identify the fifteen values that comprise healing and growth environment.
8. To discuss a spiritual perspective from which to see psychotherapy.
9. To identify the three fundamental values that support holistic personal and community growth.
10. To describe ways psychotherapists from varied theoretical frameworks can communicate three fundamental values within their theory systems.
11. To identify ways negating the developmental belief "I have value" can cause serious harm.
12. To describe the importance of believing the biological reality "I am a separate person."
13. To describe how "separate and independent" is a positive position for intimate relationship.
14. To discuss how acceptance of autonomy is essential to well-being for both client and therapist.
15. To describe how to affirm each individual's doing the best he or she can do at the time.
16. To describe how affirmation of persons as "good enough for now" is not collusive with pathology.
17. To utilize listening and empathy as a healing foundation.
18. To discuss how the three fundamental values help practitioners communicate with clients.
CE Credits: 20
Hour One: Functioning with an awareness of the spiritual dimension of reality.
Hour Two: Three conceptualizations of spirituality which help to clarify beliefs.
Hour Three: The central importance of a spiritual connection with a client.
Hour Four: How values enhance or degrade an emotional/spiritual connection.
Hour Five: How practitioners can model participation in the spiritual dimension.
Hour Six: Assessing what sanctifies or pollutes the spiritual dimension.
Hour Seven: Fifteen values that provide a nurturing, accepting, safe environment.
Hour Eight: A psychotherapy perspective that encourages and nurtures.
Hour Nine: Three fundamental values required to support holistic growth.
Hour Ten: How to communicate the three fundamental values within theory systems.
Hour Eleven: How to communicate the three fundamental values through therapeutic techniques.
Hour Twelve: Influence clients by affirming the three fundamental values.
Hour Thirteen: How the developmental belief "I have value" can be negated, creating serious emotional difficulties.
Hour Fourteen: The importance of believing the biological reality "I am a separate person."
Hour Fifteen: How "separate and independent" is the best position from which to have an intimate relationship.
Hour Sixteen: How acceptance of and affirmation of autonomy is essential to well-being for both client and therapist.
Hour Seventeen: The importance of affirming each individual's way of doing things as the best he or she can do at the time.
Hour Eighteen: How affirmation of each person's way as "good enough for now" does not endorse what is dysfunctional, negative or destructive.
Hour Nineteen: How using listening and empathy with clients is the healing foundation on which therapy is built.
Hour Twenty: How affirmation of the three fundamental values provides the foundation for practitioners to genuinely communicate those same values to clients, both verbally and non-verbally.
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Methods: Pre-test, study guide, posttest and evaluation, internet sources via URLs, Q&A by email.
Content Area: Counseling, Spirituality, Faith-based, Psychotherapy.
Purpose: This course is intended for all counseling practitioners interested in integrating spirituality into their counseling approach.
Target Audience: Social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, mental health counselors, nurses, employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, and other allied professionals.
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