Description: Given the current Medical Model of therapy, this is talked about as a “new” spirituality approach in counseling and therapy. Ironically, Spiritual concerns and counseling started with the Neanderthals, 70,000 – 100,000 years ago. Recent studies on the “spiritual brain” (Andrew Newberg) demonstrate just how old and pervasive the spiritual phenomenon is. This course is the equivalent of a one credit course. This workshop includes 2 full day sessions which will equip therapists and counselors to integrate this compelling work into their practice.
While the work is grounded in Neuro History and the function of the “spiritual brain”, it also touches on spiritual dynamics and structures. Using input, exercises, readings, interactions, dialogue and demonstrations, the participants will use a “religious freedom” ethic to begin to integrate spirituality into their practice of counseling and therapy.
By time participants leave these workshops they will be able to:
1. Review and state how they would use a given "religious freedom" ethic with clients.
2. Identify 4 historical periods of spiritual brain development and apply them to client work.
3. Apply at least 3 brain functions to spiritual thought and activity.
8:30---Introductions and overview of the Workshop------Identification of casework
9:15---Work with "Religious Freedom"---input and apply to a case
10:30--Review of Neuro-History---converting this discipline into assessment and interventions
1:00----Finish assessments and interventions---demonstration and exercises
1:40----Review of brain function and spiritual impact on the brain---exercises
2:55----Brain function and spiritual impact work
3:30----Summary Learning Process---and---preparing for Session #2
Spirituality makes learners of us all. John M. Reardon who will lead this process, is first and foremost a very active learner. In the formal learning area, he brings a Major in Theology (St. Catherine’s College – St. Paul), a Masters Degree in Reformation History (University of Minnesota), and a Masters Degree in Adlerian Counseling Psychology (Adler Institute – Chicago) to this experience.
Informally, he brings his Celtic, Irish heritage, and lifelong Catholic spiritual practice to this exploration. He has taught Comparative Religion, functioned as a Youth Minister, Director of Religious Education, and as a pastoral minister.
Since November 1, 1984, he has conducted therapy with individuals, couples, and families; as well as consulting with all the major American institutions on matters of conflict resolution, leader development, high performance teaming, quality work process, and strategic planning.
Given all the above, Spirituality has remained the core and source of the greatest learning. John is honored to share this learning experience with you.