Register for Dr. Pargament Event

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.

Among his awards are the Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association in 2009, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio Psychological Association in 2010, the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2015, and the first Applied Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Award from Division 36 of the American Psychological Association. He received an honorary doctor of letters from Pepperdine University. He was recently acknowledged as one of the 50 most influential living psychologists in the world.

– 7pm – 9pm
First Presbyterian Church, 1820 15th St., Boulder
Simulcast location for this session:
Westview Presbyterian Church
1500 Hover Street
Longmont CO 80501

Sacred Matters: Spirituality as a Vital Resource for Resilience, Health, and Well-Being

Spirituality is a key part of what it means to be human and fully alive. Drawing on clinical research and practice, this presentation will describe what we are learning about the ways spirituality can foster resilience to pain and suffering and health and well-being more generally. We will also offer practical suggestions about how to cultivate spiritual resources in our own lives.

Open to All


THURSDAY, MAY 17 – 9:30 am – 12 noon
Ryan Wellness Center, 1000 Alpine Ave., Boulder
Morning Workshop/Presentation for Mental Health Professionals:

  • Why Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Makes Perfectly Good Sense: An Evidence-Based Rationale
  • How to Address Spiritual Issues in Psychotherapy
    (Limited to 70 participants to provide ample conversation and interaction.)

This workshop/presentation is designed to help practitioners and educators develop a framework for understanding and addressing spirituality in psychotherapy.  The first presentation will draw on a growing body of research that suggests attending to the spiritual dimension of peoples’ lives should be a regular part of psychotherapy.  The second presentation will introduce the audience to ways to understand spirituality, engage clients in dialogue about spiritual matters, and help clients access their spiritual resources to facilitate health and well-being.  The presentations will make use of power point, clinical stories, empirical research findings, and discussion.

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THURSDAY, MAY 17 –1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Congregation Har HaShem, 3950 Baseline, Boulder

Workshop/Presentation for Clergy and Faith Leaders:

  • Shaken to the Core: Helping People through times of Spiritual Struggle
  • Blowing on Sacred Embers: Helping People Access their Spiritual Resources
    (Limited to 70 participants to provide ample conversation and interaction.)

This workshop/presentation will focus on both spiritual problems and spiritual solutions.  In the first, presentation, we will introduce the growing body of study on spiritual struggles and their critical implications for physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being. We will discuss how to recognize signs of spiritual struggles and how to respond to them in the context of pastoral care.  In the second presentation, we will talk about the varieties of spiritual resources that help people achieve resilience and growth in the midst of trauma and transition. We will consider ways to help people identify and tap more fully into their spiritual resources. The presentations will make use of power point, clinical stories, empirical research findings, and discussion.

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FRIDAY, MAY 18 – 10:00 am – 12 noon
Naropa University- Naropa Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder

Morning Workshop/Presentation to the wider community:
“Sacred Moments:  Cultivating a Source of Powerful Transformation and Growth”

Recently research has shown that sacred moments may be a vital ingredient of healing, health, and growth not only for those we serve but for ourselves. This presentation will define sacred moments, illustrate their varied forms, and discuss ways to cultivate them in our lives and the lives of people we help.  It will make use of power point presentations, clinical stories, empirical research findings, and discussion.

Open to All.


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