2017 Workshop Information

Friday, June 16, 2017
8:30am-4:00pm

Venue: Riverbluff Church
5421 Riverbluff Pkwy
North Charleston, SC 29420

 

Advance Registration is Closed
You Can Register On-Site Friday

Overview and Schedule

This year’s workshop focus on Attachment Theory across relationships. Throughout the morning participants will learn about the basics of attachment theory and how our personal attachment styles as counselors interact with the attachment patterns of our clients. This is helpful in understanding why certain client relationships are more difficult and gives insight into potential transference/counter-transference issues. Afternoon sessions will focus on Attachment Theory in marriage and family relationships.

8:00 am—Registration

8:30 am—Becoming a Therapeutic Secure Base: Understanding Attachment Theory and the Impact of Counselor Attachment Style – Part 1
Presented by: Angel Weaver, Ph.D.

Attachment Theory is a fundamental aspect of every counseling relationship. In this workshop participants will learn the basics of Attachment Theory, including how this impacts a person’s relationship with God. The interaction of client and therapist attachments styles will be explored, along with an understanding of the clinical issues that can arise. Each participant will also participate in a personal assessment and review a case study to gain awareness of how attachment dynamics affect therapy.

10:15-11:45am—Becoming a Therapeutic Secure Base: Understanding Attachment Theory and the Impact of Counselor Attachment Style – Part 2
Presented by: Angel Weaver, Ph.D.

Attachment Theory is a fundamental aspect of every counseling relationship. In this workshop participants will learn the basics of Attachment Theory, including how this impacts a person’s relationship with God. The interaction of client and therapist attachments styles will be explored, along with an understanding of the clinical issues that can arise. Each participant will also participate in a personal assessment and review a case study to gain awareness of how attachment dynamics affect therapy.

11:45-12:45pm—Lunch (provided) and Stories of God at Work throughout CMHN 

12:45-1:45pm—Attachment in Marriage – Emotionally Focused Therapy
Presented by: Diane Arnold, M.A., LPC

This session provides an overview of Emotion Focused Therapy for Coupes including a compilation of the major tenants, processes, interventions and practitioners associated with this theory. From the EFT perspective change occurs by means of awareness, regulation, reflection, and transformation of emotion taking place within the context of an empathetically attuned relationship. Counseling that incorporates a Christian world-view into a working model of the theory will be described along with practical applications the integration model.

1:45-2:45 pm—Attachment in Family – Emotionally Focused Family Therapy
Meredith Little, M.A., LPC

Family therapy has created the “Hall of Shame” leading parents to feel as though they have already failed before they ever walk into the therapy room. This session will discuss how to apply attachment-based principles when working with families and to empower parents in their roles as attachment figures. Meredith will provide an overview of Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) and how it provides a practical approach to engaging families at an emotional level. As family members work through relational distress and past injuries, new patterns emerge, creating opportunities for deeper bonds and greater felt security. Accessing, processing, and connecting family members through the power of emotional experience promotes healing and fosters a family’s resilience to the everyday and unexpected challenges of life. The primary goal of EFFT is not changing fixing a child but helping parents and children create new patterns of emotional accessibility and responsiveness. 

3:00 pm—Counselor Self-Care: Strengthening and Healing the Mind and Soul
Michael Morris, Care Team Pastor, Seacoast Church

One of the biggest battles Christian counselors face today is finding rest and strength for the many opportunities and challenges pulling at them. While many are good and worth it; It can make an impact on their mental, emotional, and spiritual health. This session focuses on ways to find encouragement in the journey of maintaining the health of your mind and soul as you counsel others. The question will be addressed, “Do you rest from your work, or do you work from your rest?” Participants will be given Biblical principles and practical guidelines on how to find rest as they seek to strengthen their mind and soul to be fully available for clients.

4:00 pm—Closing Comments

Upon completion of all 5 sessions.
LPCs and LMFTs will be awarded 6 CEUs
LSWs will be awarded 6 general CEUs

 

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