Importance of AAPC: “I feel as if AAPC is the only organization concerned about the intersection of religion and spirituality in our lives first, then counseling/psychotherapy second. For this reason, AAPC can speak across disciplines – counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, chaplains, clergy – in a way that ASERVIC (the religious and spiritual division of the American Counseling Association) and Division 36 (the religious and spiritual division of the American Psychological Association) cannot. I think there is a real opportunity with the changes in AAPC to create our mark across these related disciplines.”
Biography: Dr. Miller has a PhD in pastoral counseling from Loyola University Maryland and combines her MBA and background in business with knowledge, experience, and training in pastoral counseling and counselor education and supervision. She has published two book chapters in books on incorporating spirituality into counseling. She began presenting in this area in 2013 and since that time has presented to counselor educators, counselors, and counselors-in-training at national and regional counseling conferences and in numerous presentations at universities. She also presented her workshop Building Bridges: Using Counseling Concepts for Self-Insight, Improved Communication, and Breaking Down the Barriers Between Us at the 2016 Gay Christian Network conference. Dr. Miller blogs about spirituality at www.barkifyouwantmore.com.
As the founder of Labyrinth Partners LLC, Dr. Miller is providing consulting services to businesses, churches, and universities. She designed Spiritual Geography, a values card sort specific to religious and spiritual values. This card sort is designed to help people explore their spiritual beliefs, the “spiritual geography” where the person finds him or herself at this point in time. Among other uses with religious communities, she has presented Spiritual Geography to counselors and counselors-in-training as a way of clarifying, understanding, and working with personal spiritual values and countertransferential issues surrounding spirituality.