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Guest Event: Relationship & Vulnerability: Pathways of Healing and Transformation

Spiritually-informed care is a relational process which integrates the view of holding a person as sacred and whole, the significance of presence, the importance of embracing vulnerability, and relationship as the pathways for healing and transformation.  Counselors and spiritual companions are witnesses to tremendous suffering as well as profound strength and resilience. Excruciating vulnerability expresses an authentic desire and opportunity for healing and transformation.  Suffering and vulnerability are at the nexus of a person's desire for re-connection to self, other, and the transcendent. The quality of the attunement between counselor/companion and client is manifested in the healing process, creating pathways of transformational change.

Participants will consider the essential components and qualities of a transformative healing relationship, the ways in which one’s cultural and spiritual/faith beliefs and practices can provide foundation and safety for exploring vulnerability and healing, how transference and counter-transference can be in service of desired change, and how trauma healing is enhanced through re-connection with self and other.

The workshop is offered for $125 to clinicians and other professionals, $75 to students; with lunch included. Email colleensharka@gmail.com to register and for more information.

This program has been approved for 6 Category I MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR. This program has been approved for 6 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number 70599.

Colleen Sharka, MA, LMHC, is a psychotherapist and spiritual director.  In addition to her private therapy practice, she provides spiritual direction at Still Harbor. She is also the Director of The Cory Johnson Trauma Education Program at Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center in Boston, which offers a series of community gatherings for people to share their reflections and stories of trauma, loss, healing, and transformation.  She was formerly the Director of Spiritual Formation & Accompaniment at Still Harbor.  She currently serves as Institute Chair for the Spirituality and Health Care Institute of Spiritual Director's International.

Earlier Event: October 16
Writing Towards Our Deepest Wisdom
Later Event: October 27
October Community Night