- September 16-17, 2017
- 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Enhance your confidence in working with clients who meditate, practice yoga, or engage in other practices from which unexpected consequences, challenging as well as wonderful, may arise.
This workshop provides you with practical tools for working with your clients' spiritual and religious beliefs and practices (SRBP) in the therapy room. Following 16 research-based guidelines as described in her book, Shelley Scammell, PsyD guides you through multiple exercises to enhance your awareness, knowledge, and skills on a number of important topics. Included in these are taking an oral, written or visual history of your clients' SRBP, understanding their ‘lived experience' with SRBP, exploring religious and spiritual diversity, understanding a client's lifespan development of SRBP, and recognizing harmful involvement in SRBP.
Learn to differentiate spiritual and religious experiences from psychopathology while helping clients recognize and access their religious and spiritual resources. This workshop also raises your awareness as a clinician of legal, ethical and boundary issues when working with SRBP, including when to make referrals if something arises that is beyond your scope of practice. Finally, a review is provided about how meditation and other practices may impact brain functioning and may be helpful in working with patients as well.
*Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 14 CEs available.
*Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for RNs as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing provider number #02523. 14 CEs available.
*Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for psychologists as required by the American Psychological Association. 14 APA CEs available.
Shelley Scammell, PsyD has been a clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 20 years. She is an alumni of CIIS as well as an adjunct professor in the East West Program. She has taught psychology in the PsyD Department at CIIS, Sonoma State University and at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine for 10 years, as well as English as a Second Language at NYU for 15 years. Her book, Spiritual and Religious Competencies for Clinical Practice, co-authored with Cassi Vieten, PhD, President of IONS, was released August, 2015 by New Harbinger Press. With several colleagues, she conducted research over six years to develop these competencies. In addition, Dr. Scammell has worked with over a hundred clients experiencing spiritual emergence and emergency over the past 10 years.
Richard Mendius, MD has been a neurologist in clinical practice for 35 years, the past 20 in the Bay Area. A graduate of UCLA Medical School, he also taught at Stanford as an alumni. He is a co-author of Buddha's Brain with Rick Hanson, and presents in the Bay Area on meditation and its potential neurological consequences. Drs. Scammell and Mendius are married, raising two teen children while proud grandparents through their eldest married daughter.