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Event date: 11/18/2022 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Export event
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Spiritually Integrated Practice

A Deeper Discussion

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Workshop Description:

This course will build upon the course that Dr. Dietz taught for NASW-Iowa in September 2021. The material will be different than what was offered in September. While a background in spirituality and psychotherapy would helpful, those who did not attend the September course are welcome join us.

In this workshop, we will explore how the spirituality of the social worker impacts the therapeutic relationship and the work with the client. We will take a deeper look at spiritual countertransference and how to tell the difference between harmful spirituality and negative countertransference on the part of the therapist. Finally, we will explore the gifts and challenges in working with spirituality in psychotherapy. This workshop is for therapists who attended the previous workshop or have prior experience in spiritually integrated psychotherapy.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • identify their own “spiritual psychology” and recognize the positive and negative effects of this psychological perspective on their work with clients.
  • Recognize spiritual countertransference and be able to learn about their own and the client’s spirituality based on this experience.
  • Recognize harmful spirituality and identify helpful responses.
  • Identify both the gifts and challenges of working with spirituality in psychotherapy.

The opinions, findings, recommendations, or conclusions expressed by a presenting author or speaker do not necessarily reflect the views of the NASW Iowa Chapter

Presenter: Christine Dietz is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Spiritual Director in the Jewish tradition. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of New York at Buffalo, a D. Min in Jewish Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Foundation and a M.S.W from the University of Iowa. She currently directs the graduate level training program and offers spiritually integrated psychotherapy and spiritual direction at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center. Christine also teaches in the Advanced Training in Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy program of the Solihten Institute. She taught for over 20 years in schools of social work in Maine and New York and has offered workshops and presentations on psychotherapy and spirituality in community settings in Iowa, New York and Maine.

Please note that NASW-IA charges a $25.00 Administration fee for any cancellation.

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