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Friday, November 11, 2016

Evening Program, 7:00-8:30 pm

What is acceptance and forgiveness? Laying down our swords in dialogue, given by Timothy S. Hanna, Ph.D., MTS, LCPC and Joanne Miller, Ph.D.

Forgiveness is a complex phenomenon with particular distinctions and nuanced understandings. In this session, we will begin to unpack the multi-layered constructs of acceptance and forgiveness, clarifying, for example, the distinction between forgiving and “forgetting” and between acceptance and acquiescence. We will consider various definitions of forgiveness, including those coming from different religious traditions, and also explore how forgiveness may look different based on one’s privilege. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact in small groups to share stories from client work and their own journeys and to further develop personal definitions of acceptance and forgiveness.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Workshop Session 1, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Silent Swords & Violence to the Body: Assessment, Prevention, and the Role of Spirituality in Eating Disorders by Doctoral Candidate Dayna Pizzigoni, MS, NCC, LGPC
ROOM 205 – Devine Hospitality Suite
Letting go of the internal violence of an eating disorder requires continual acceptance. This presentation will help pastoral counselors understand and assess for eating disorder symptoms with attention to the research on spirituality and eating disorders. Additionally, the presenter will discuss greater cultural change to support us all in laying down our internal, silent swords against the body.

Domestic Abuse & Faith: Resource or Roadblock: A workshop for pastoral care and counseling professionals exposed to issues of domestic abuse in their work with victims/survivors, given by Beth Toler, M.Div., Th.D., LMFT; Minna Davis, MA, NCC, LPC; and Michelle Engle, BA
ROOM 216
In this workshop counselors will learn to more effectively counsel survivors of domestic abuse and enhance their understanding of its consequences from a cultural/faith perspective. Whether or not survivors of domestic abuse have a strong connection to their culture/faith, their beliefs about forgiveness and acceptance profoundly affect their ability to heal.

Beyond False Innocence: Owning our Capacity to Injure as a Foundation for Forgiving Others, given by Phillip Bennett, Ph.D.
ROOM 234
When we overlook our own capacity to injure others, we claim a false innocence which focuses only on forgiving the other instead of our need to be forgiven. Melanie Klein’s concepts of the Paranoid-Persecutory Position and the more mature Depressive Position will be used to explore forgiveness and reparation in the personal, organizational, and political arenas.

Session 2, 2:30 – 3:45 pm

Until Death Do Us Part, given by Jocelyn Sherman, Ph.D., and Neil Duchac, Ph.D.
ROOM 205 – Devine Hospitality Suite
Forgiveness, when coupled with guilt and loss can stymie a person’s ability to move beyond the pain into a new season of empowerment. This empowerment can create a new vision of the situation allowing forgiveness to occur before the final loss.

The Transitioning Person: A New Creation in Christ, given by John Schaal, M.Div., and Timothy S. Hanna, Ph.D., MTS, LCPC
ROOM 216
This workshop presents a concise and practical way of guiding pastoral counselors to a greater understanding of transgender persons, and the unique gifts they bring to society. The presentation clarifies and defines confusing issues such as gender versus sexuality, LGBTQI language versus common street terminology and a host of practical clinical applications through dialogue and small group exercise.

Tell the Whole Story: Intergenerational Healing Needs Intergenerational Forgiveness, given by Suzanne Mayer, ihm, Ph.D.
ROOM 234
With its emphasis on the aftermath of pain and destruction not healed in a single generation, the need for and possibilities of moving toward forgiveness emerge as critical in working with intergenerational injury and healing. After a brief overview of essential processes, case studies will be used in discussion of if, when and how persons can be empowered for such healing.