Past Presentations

Holding Your Center in Anxious Times, Jerry Ruhl, November 21, 2019. CLICK HERE FOR PRESENTATION. We live in a time of tumultuous social, political, and psychological upheaval. Today, many people experience, in their families and faith communities, a divisiveness that triggers pervasive stress and anxiety. How are we to manage anxiety, heal moral injury, and sustain a healthy center in these times? This inspirational and liberating program will help participants hold the center—individually, in relationships, and in community. It explores the primitive psychological defenses that our society increasingly resorts to as we cope with life’s conflicts and demands: splitting, projection, and scapegoating. Conscious, mature self-management requires that we move beyond anger, fear, and divisiveness. These reactions are unsuited to deal with the complexities of modern life, yet they are constantly inflamed by news media, internet trolling, and political bombast. The program also will explore a powerful concept drawn from conflict resolution: the gap between good intentions and impact on others. Narrowing this gap leads to meaningful dialogue and greater consciousness. Opposites, when viewed with greater maturity, are seen as complementary and mutually dependent.

Moral Injury-Moral Stress: Searching for Meaning, Carrie Doehring PHD, February 22, 2019. CLICK HERE FOR PRESENTATION. Carrie Doehring, PhD will speak on the topic of Moral Injury and Moral Stress. Unlike post traumatic stress, which is rooted in the fear of life threats, moral injuries and stress arise from shame, guilt and betrayal of not practicing one’s core values. This cuts people off from social support and makes them question the value of their life which can lead to hopelessness and suicidal ideation. Strategies for coping and finding means for support will be explored.

Internalizing Insanity – Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole, February 10 2019. CLICK HERE FOR PRESENTATION. As you’ll hear in this talk, psychosis offers an opportunity for all of us to open our hearts more fully, to feel more deeply, and to know a love big enough for recovery and care. My hope is that more communities throughout the United States of America consider the opportunity for reconciliation of spiritual, humanistic, and trauma-informed mental health reform.

Sacred Matters: Spirituality as a Vital Resource for Resilience, Health, and Well-Being, Dr. Ken Pargament, May 16 2018. CLICK HERE FOR PRESENTATION. Kenneth Pargament is professor emeritus of psychology at Bowling Green State University and Adjunct Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor Medical School. He has served as Distinguished Scholar at the Institute of Spirituality and Health in Houston. He has published over 300 articles on religion, spirituality, and health, and authored The Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, Practice and Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred. Dr. Pargament is Editor-in-Chief of the 2013 two-volume APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality.