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Addressing Spiritual Issues within “Bipolar” and “Psychosis"

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Lane Community College Downtown Campus

101 West 10th Ave

Eugene, OR 97401

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People diagnosed with bipolar and psychotic disorders frequently speak of their experience using spiritual concepts and metaphors, though often in idiosyncratic or confusing ways. While mainstream approaches typically frame this interest as “hyper-religiosity,” research shows that spiritually helpful experiences can occur in the midst of bipolar and psychotic crisis, and spiritual understanding and practice is often cited as a key factor in recovery. Integrating an understanding of this research into treatment requires that helpers develop a more open minded understanding of the core issues in bipolar and psychotic disorders, issues which are not separate from the core existential or spiritual issues of human existence in general. By then accepting the uncertainty associated with these issues, it becomes possible to collaborate with people in sorting through both possible “spiritual errors” and positive aspects of extreme or otherworldly experiences and perspectives. This seminar aims to familiarize helpers with the principles of this kind of approach, and it is designed to make sense to people with a wide variety of spiritual and/or non-spiritual perspectives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore how to integrate spiritual language and metaphors with scientific and psychological language and approaches

  • Understand how the core issues in trauma, extreme moods and psychosis are commonly framed in spiritual terms, and how these relate to basic human dilemmas

  • Conceptualize extreme moods and psychosis as involving attempts to resolve such dilemmas using ways of thinking and feeling that step outside the terms of “mundane” reality, and explore approaches to helping people complete these attempts successfully

  • Develop cultural competence in addressing spiritual issues within a recovery oriented approach to bipolar and psychosis while working with individuals from a variety of traditions and subcultures

6 APA CE Credits: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 6 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Schedule:

8:30 Exploring the underlying relationships between spirituality and mental difficulties

Practicing humility: noticing what we don’t know

10:00 Break

10:15 Framing “breakdown” as a possible attempt to overcome life problems and trauma: the renewal model

Paths out of a bind: managing polarities and paradoxes

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Key principles in respectfully addressing spiritual issues within mental health treatment

When matters are too complex to sum up in one view: creating dialogue, polyphony.

2:30 Break

2:45 Utilizing mindfulness and compassion focused approaches

Bringing spiritually aware practices into the structure of mental health treatment: from the radical to the immediately practical

4:00 End

The target audience for this seminar is mental health professionals such as psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, case managers, psychiatrists, and nurses. Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels will all be addressed. The seminar may also be of interest to others such as individuals who struggle with experiences described as bipolar or psychosis, or family members.

LCC facilities are handicapped accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Ron Unger at 4ronunger@gmail.com or (541-513-1811). Cancellation Policy: Full refunds up till 7 days prior to the event.

Grievance Policy: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Ron Unger, 4ronunger@gmail.com, or 541-513-1811. Grievances will receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.





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