Workshops for Spiritual Directors
Spiritual Direction Enrichment Day
Strengthening Resilience & Ritual and Myth
A two-in-one workshop for spiritual directors
Friday, April 26, 2013
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
St. Joseph Parish Center
Facilitated by Elsa O’Connor, Ph.D., Ed.D. and Mike O’Connor, Ph.D., MTS
Strengthening Resilience and Resolve in the Later Years – Elsa O’Connor, Ph.D., Ed.D.
This presentation will integrate the American Psychological Association’s guidelines on building resilience with Joan Chittister’s book The Gift of Years and Eckhart Tolle’s Oneness with All Life. While there may be roadblocks on the spiritual journey of aging, there are also detours that open up new pathways.
Two Vital Aids for the Spiritual Journey: Spiritual Autobiography as a Map & Myth and Ritual as A Double Helix of Transpersonal Energy – Mike O’Connor, Ph.D., MTS
This presentation is grounded in Joseph Campbell’s notions of the power of myth complemented with psychosocial and transpersonal dimensions of ritual. Following an overview of Campbell’s ideas and a simple taxonomy for understanding types of ritual, participants will be invited to create and share ideas for rituals for possible use in their direction practice.
Cost: $40 general, $20 for students. All are welcome! Call Carolyn at 206-329-4824, ext 2 for more information.
Elsa O’Connor, Ph.D., Ed.D. is a psychologist who recently retired from private practice after 35 years in the field of mental health. Her specializations include chronic depression, anxiety, couples therapy,human sexuality, and life transition issues. She was a faculty member for eight years at the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, training psychiatry and psychology residents. Together with her husband, Dr. Mike O’Connor she has taught counseling courses in Nepal, Bhutan, New Zealand, and Western Europe.
Mike O’Connor, Ph.D., MTS is Professor Emeritus of Counselor Education at Seattle University where he was a faculty member for 36 years, and chaired the department for 14. His MTS degree is in spirituality and spiritual direction. His teaching specialties include counseling theories and skills (both individual and group), clinical supervision, counseling diverse populations, and a course in the spiritual dimensions of counseling. His research interests are the interbeing of counseling, psychotherapy and cross-cultural spirituality. He maintains a small spiritual direction practice.
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