~ Continuing Education ~
Over the past year, I have continued to engage in extensive online training modules through the Spiritual Competency and Resource Center (SCRC), particularly amplifying my study of mindfulness and meditation. Past training modules I have completed through SCRC have included topics such as forgiveness and self-compassion as well as mystical experiences and recognizing differences between psychospiritual crises and major mental illness.
I attend quarterly conferences on the integration of existential philosophy into clinical treatment through the New England Center for Existential Therapy. At PCSSS, I also participate in monthly in-service clinical training seminars, exploring the intersection of psychology and theology, as well as triannual gatherings on various topics related to the field of pastoral counseling.
In June, 2018 I will be beginning shamanic field training through The Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Along these lines, in early 2017, I began a 2-year-long apprenticeship with Dr. Leonard Gibson and Elizabeth Gibson in Dreamshadow Transpersonal Breathwork, whereby I am further honing my clinical expertise in Transpersonal Psychology. This intervention draws upon the inherent wisdom of shamanic healing by engaging in deep and rapid breathing while listening to evocative rhythmic patterns. This process evokes states of consciousness conducive to integrating perinatal and early developmental nonverbal memories and/or traumas, as well as of experiences that transcend the limitations of Western, biomedical perspectives and traditions.
I have experience presenting professionally at local, regional, and national forums, including on topics such as:
- using mindfulness to treat depression in aging communities
- integrating existential, archetypal and clinical perspectives on Shadow and Light, and
- advocating for the needs of adults suffering with chronic major mental illness.
In May, 2018, I will be facilitating a CEU-granting training entitled Re-Envisioning Imaginary Companionship as a Psychospiritual Phenomenon. More information on this training can be found under the Teaching and Training tab.
I have also served as a Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member for an empirical study on lucid dreaming, facilitated community outreach projects (such as a mental health movie series), and am writing a book on the psychospiritual nature and significance of imaginary companions.