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Guest Event: Practicing Spiritually-Informed Psychotherapy

  • Center for Discernment & Action 666 Dorchester Avenue South Boston, MA 02127 USA (map)

Workshop (CEU approved) offered on March 1, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

with Colleen Sharka, LMHC & Arville Stephen, LICSW

Spiritually-informed psychotherapy yields a mind, body, and spirit approach to clinical interventions which is informed by the client’s spiritual understanding as well as appropriate psychological theory and technique.  It is a relational process which integrates the view of holding the client as sacred and whole, the clinician’s presence and skill, and the clinical relationship as the vehicle for transformational change – for both client and clinician.  Participants will be able to explore how spiritually-informed psychotherapy enhances the therapeutic process, learn specific tools and practices, and participate in discussions of clinical experience in which spirituality was central to the healing process.


The workshop is offered within Colleen Sharka’s private practice for $125 to clinicians and professionals, $75 to students; with lunch included.

This program has been approved for 6 Category  1 MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure of Licensed Mental Health Counselors. The certification number is 14-0041. This program has been approved for 6 Social Work Continuing Education hours for re-licensure. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D61260.

Colleen Sharka, MA, LMHC, a licensed psychotherapist and trained spiritual director, serves as Still Harbor’s Director of Spiritual Formation & Accompaniment.  She facilitates classes, workshops, and retreats, providing accompaniment through individual and group spiritual direction.  Her private psychotherapy practice focuses on the spiritual life as central in meeting the desired goals and changes that bring people to therapy. In her previous position as Assistant Director of Trinity Boston Counseling Center, Trinity Church, in Copley Square, she developed and co-facilitated psycho-spiritual integration training for masters-level mental health interns, as well as programs to address  secondary trauma and self-care. Colleen previously served on the advisory committee of the Center for Psychotherapy and Spirituality at the Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology.

Arville I. Stephen, LICSW is a psychotherapist, consultant, and trainer with over thirty years of clinical experience in the areas of mental health, addiction recovery, stress, trauma and bereavement. She was co-founder and Clinical Director of the Trinity Boston Counseling Center where she developed and co-facilitated psycho-spiritual integration training for masters-level mental health interns, as well as programs to address secondary trauma and self-care.  During her clinical work at Trinity, she worked with many urban clients who were underserved and on the margins, forging critical alliances with their other healthcare providers and caregivers.

To RSVP, contact Colleen Sharka at colleen@stillharbor.org.

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