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Friday, November 13 Workshop Presenters

Engaging in “Theological” Reflection with Clients of Non-Theistic Traditions, given by Rev. Jill L. Snodgrass, Ph.D.
Rev. Jill Snodgrass, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Maryland. Her research addresses spiritual care and pastoral counseling with traditionally marginalized populations, and her current study examines the spiritual and religious experiences of women transitioning from prison. Dr. Snodgrass co-edited, along with Dr. Elizabeth Maynard, a recently released 28-chapter text entitled Understanding Pastoral Counseling that articulates how pastoral counselors function as mental health pioneers in a changing psychospiritual landscape. She is committed to clinical mental health practice that integrates spirituality, religion, and theology across religious difference.

Advance Directives for Mental Health Care: Honoring Spiritual and Religious Diversity via Advance Care Planning, given by Cynthia Elledge, Ph.D.
After five years as the Oncology Chaplain at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center, Cynthia Elledge pursued a PhD in Pastoral Theology and Ethics at Claremont School of Theology. She has served as a Pastoral Counselor in southern California and has provided administrative leadership for the University of Virginia’s Cardiovascular Fellowships programs as well as project management leadership for UVA’s Family Medicine Department. Currently working as the Advance Directive Implementation Coordinator for the state of Virginia, Cynthia loves working daily with individuals exploring issues of medical ethics, community health, mental health policy, self-determination and empowerment.

The Twelve Steps: They’re for Everyone!, given by David W. Dickey, D.Min.
Dr. David Dickey is an Ordained Presbyterian Pastor for 36 years. He became a member in AAPC in 1986 and a Fellow in 1988. He has worked as a Pastoral Counselor throughout that span of years, and maintains a small private practice in West Chester, PA. He received the following degrees: M.Div. Princeton Seminary; Th.M. in Pastoral Counseling from Union Seminary in Richmond; and a D.Min. from Lancaster Seminary in PA. He did his residency in Pastoral Counseling at the Samaritan Center of the Greater Philadelphia area. He serves as leader of Contemporary Worship at the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Mendenhall, PA, where his wife, Ann is the Pastor. He has two adult children, Heather and James. They both live in the West Chester area. While in elementary school, Dr. Dickey lived in Argentina for three years. He still speaks Spanish, conducts counseling sessions and occasionally leads worship in Spanish.

The Politicization of Intolerance: Responding to the Impact of Politics on Client Well-being, given by Timothy S. Hanna, MS, MTS, NCC
Tim Hanna comes to us as a doctoral candidate in Loyola’s Pastoral Counseling Department. He holds a Master’s degree in theology and in pastoral counseling and is working to finish his Doctoral dissertation on the topic of spirituality and religion in counselor-training, social justice pedagogies. He is also a nationally certified counselor, in the process of earning his professional counseling license. And his counseling research interests include theological and spiritual integration, multiculturalism and social justice, and personality and ideology.

Saturday, November 14 Workshop Presenters

Ecospirituality and Nature-Informed Therapy, given by Cheryl Fisher, Ph.D., NCC, LCPC
Dr. Cheryl Fisher is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in private practice in Annapolis, Maryland. She has a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, and is a Visiting Fulltime Faculty at Loyola University Maryland’s Pastoral Counseling Department. One of her current research interests includes the examination of human-nature connection and spirituality in overall wellness. Dr. Fisher is currently writing a book entitled Homegrown Psychotherapy: Scientifically-Based Organic Practices which informs this presentation. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, biking, gardening, and hanging out with family and her golden doodles, Max and Lily.

The Essentials of Starting a Private Practice – More than 2 Chairs and a Desk, given by Dr. Jeffrey D. Hamilton, LCSW
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hamilton is a minister in the United Church of Christ, a Fellow in AAPC and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. A member of AAPC since 1986, he has held leadership roles on the regional, national and international levels. He is the director of Lancaster Pastoral Counseling and Education, LLC, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he provides counseling, education and business consulting services. For fun he cooks, a lot, plays mountain dulcimer, ukelele and penny whistle and is a soccer referee.

Our Spiritual/Religious Stuff: What makes us (in)competent counselors for bisexual clients, given by Melissa Lemons, M.Div., MS and Brenda Ibutu, Ph.D., LCPC
Dr. Brenda Ibutu is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a National Board Certified Counselor. She has a private practice in Lutherville and Catonsville, Maryland and is an adjunct professor at Loyola University Maryland in the Pastoral Counseling Department. While having a diverse clientele, her specialty centers on those who are gender non-conforming. She has presented at regional and national conferences on spirituality and working with LGBT clients.

Melissa Lemons is Lutheran (ELCA) pastor currently serving in an Interim Ministry position. Her Master of Divinity specialization was Interfaith and Ecumenical Theology. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University of Maryland University College, where she has taught psychology in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. since 1997. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Pastoral Counseling Department at Loyola University Maryland and her research interests include cognition in religious settings and spirituality and sexuality.

What can the Rational Psychology of Thomas Aquinas do for me?, given by Patrick J. DiVietri, Ph.D., MA, OCDS, CPC, AAPC Fellow
Dr. Patrick DiVietri is Executive Director of the Family Life Institute in Manassas, Virginia. He is an authority on marriage and family recognized by the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He developed a pastoral family counseling approach within the Catholic perspective for training seminarians, priests and counselors, as well as having developed workshops, courses and media support for engaged couples, parents and children, lay volunteers and teachers. He is the author of comprehensive family-life education, marriage preparation and support programs containing a complete theology on marriage.