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.
- 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 NASW CE Credits pending.
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Ron Unger LCSW
Ron Unger LCSW is a therapist, therapy supervisor, and consultant specializing in cognitive therapy for psychosis. He has also been an activist with groups such as MindFreedom International which work to increase awareness of possible harms and human rights violations within the mental health system, and to propose alternatives. Additionally, Ron is a member of the board of the Mad in America Continuing Education Project, whose mission is to provide on-line courses based on research that is free of commercial interest on topics such as psychiatric medications, including their long-term effects, and alternatives that promote long-term recovery.