OPA-MCE Login | Print Page | Contact Us | Sign In | Join OPA
Union of Psychology and Spirituality Retreat 2016
Tell a Friend About This EventTell a Friend
Union of Psychology and Spirituality Retreat 2016

10/28/2016 to 10/29/2016
When: October 28-29, 2016
Day and half Retreat
Where: Deer Creek Lodge and Conference Center (740) 869-2020
22300 State Park Road #20
Mt. Sterling, Ohio  43143
United States
Presenter: Richard Reckman, PhD, MaryAnne Orcutt, PhD
Contact: Karen Hardin

Online registration is closed.
« Go to Upcoming Event List  

Registration Opens at 1 PM... Retreat begins at 1:30 PM
Cost: $400 OPA Member | $450 Non-OPA Member |$300 Student
(Price includes single occupancy accommodations at the Lodge on Friday, October 28 and Friday’s dinner, Saturday’s continental breakfast, Saturday’s lunch and snacks. If you would like to share a room (double occupancy) with another Retreat attendee, please call the OPA office at 614.224.0034)

Registration deadline is Monday, October 17

Don't want to register online, click here to download a registration form… or call 614.224.0034



This Retreat is offered for psychologists and other mental health professionals interested in gaining skills and experience in meditation and mindfulness practices and in learning ways to utilize such practices in their clinical work. Extending over one and a half days, the Retreat consists of a series of mindfulness exercises, meditations and discussions of clinical applications including the following sessions listed below.

The Retreat format emphasizes active participation and discussion with less formal lecture. The program is designed to accommodate participants with little knowledge of mindfulness and meditation as well as participants who make these practices a central part of their work and lives. Attendees are strongly urged to stay overnight to fully immerse themselves in the experience. There will be plenty of opportunity to take advantage of the collective wisdom of all of the retreat participants, as well as to practice applying meditation/mindfulness strategies.

Session 1: The Utility of Meditation and Mindfulness Practices- all levels

This session will focus on specific meditative and mindfulness techniques which therapists can use for their own self-care and that can also be taught and utilized with clients for a wide variety of issues/symptoms. We will practice techniques including traditional meditation, mindful eating, mindful/meditative walking, journaling, and setting intentions.  We will discuss applying these methods with clients including those with eating disorders, anger, anxiety, depression, grief, relationship problems, OCD, and affect dysregulation. We will discuss how the presentation of these practices may vary according to the religious, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds of the clients. We will discuss long term benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices experienced by the presenters and the participants.

Learning Objectives Participants will:

Identify and practice four meditative/mindful techniques for self-care.
Identify four meditative/mindful techniques useful for clinical practice.
Identify the client issues/symptoms we can treat with mindfulness and meditation practices.
Be able to develop a plan for a long term meditation or mindfulness practice for self-care.
Understand aspects  of the client’s religious, cultural, and socio-economic background as they affect meditative mindfulness in psychotherapy.

Session 2: Committing to Self-Care- all levels
This session will focus on personalized self-care, which allows for diversity to be individually addressed.  We will help one another identify practices that we can personally commit to.  We want to be healthy role models, fully present with our clients, and transparently ethical in our behavior.  The session will be experiential with writing and initial sharing in three person groups.  Debriefing discussions in the large group will follow.

Learning Objectives Participants will:
  • Be able to identify meditative and mindful practices that appeal to and contribute to the self-care of the therapist.
  • Set intentions for personal and clinical practice.
  • Become a role model for clients through our authentic practice.
  • Develop support among ourselves for self-care practices.

Session 3: Application of Meditation/Mindfulness Techniques to the Therapy Process
In this session, using clinical vignettes, the presenters will discuss the successful application of meditation and mindfulness techniques to a wide range of clients with a wide range of issues, including diversity of religion, ethnicity, and sexuality.  The presenters will invite peer consultation on their cases from the Retreat participants. The Retreat participants are invited to bring cases of their own for discussion and peer consultation. We will discuss critical role of peer consultation when facing any ethical challenge.

Learning Objectives Participants will:
  • be able to identify at least five kinds of presenting problems in which meditative/mindfulness practices can be applied successfully.
  • learn which meditation and mindfulness practice have been empirically shown to help with which clinical symptoms.
  • see how mindfulness practices can help couples.
  • learn to establish and strengthen the norms for useful peer consultation.
Session 4: Practice in application of meditative/mindfulness techniques.

The presenters and participants will role play introducing meditation and mindfulness practices to clients. The presenters will discuss the pros and cons of introducing spirituality when discussing meditation and mindfulness with clients.  We will practice introducing meditation and mindfulness 1) without any spiritual reference, 2) with referencing the methods historical spiritual traditions, and 3) integrating it into the client’s spiritual/religious framework. We will continue to discuss cultural and socio-economic background may influence how we introduce and teach these practices. In small groups, we will build on the previous sessions of this retreat to practice introducing meditation and mindfulness practices.  We will practice teaching meditation and the mindfulness methods of directing and redirecting our attention. We will vary the teaching to reflect a range of differences of cultural background.   We will debrief our learning experiences with the large group. We will review again the long terms benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices.

Learning Objectives Participants will:
  • learn ways to present the possibility of meditative/mindfulness to clients and gain their informed consent (or not) to utilize these methods.
  • clarify the ethical boundaries regarding spirituality in the therapy relationship.
  • gain direct experience teaching meditation and mindfulness methods.
  • practice different ways to teach these methods to fit different client cultural backgrounds.
  • identify three benefits of meditative/mindfulness methods, not only for current clinical issues, but for the lifetime of the client.
About the Speakers:

Mary Anne Orcutt, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice, and Director of Bethel Olentangy Psychological Services, Columbus, a practice with 9 psychologists.  She has been teaching meditation and mindfulness to her clients for over two decades to assist with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma, addictions, and couples/family issues, among other issues. Her most influential experiences have been training experiences with Thich Nhat Hanh and Jack Kornfield. She was on the OPA Ethics Committee for 12 years, chair for two, and has co-facilitated the Ethics seminar for the Spirituality and Psychotherapy retreat for a number of years.  She has been involved with the planning of Spirituality/ Psychotherapy retreat for many years.

Richard Reckman, PhD is a past president of the Ohio Psychological Association. Dr. Reckman has worked in a private clinical practice in Cincinnati for more than 35 years.  He has been meditating on a daily basis for more than 42 years.  Dr. Reckman has offered dozens of workshops for OPA and started the OPA Union of Psychology and Spirituality Retreats 11 years ago.


Questions? Contact OPA at 614.224.0034


The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists: OPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
Disclaimers/Cancellation and Refund Policy: Attendees needing to cancel must do so in writing before 7 business days prior to the event and will be subject to a $30 service charge. ALL CANCELLATIONS WILL BE SUBJECTED TO THIS SERVICE CHARGE. No refunds will be given for cancellations received less than 8 days prior to the event. The planners and sponsors of this event are committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information. However, they are not responsible for changes, additions or deletions to the services, but will work toward accommodating the needs of the attendees.

Conflict of Interest Statement: As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education as is consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Information regarding financial support, in-kind support or possible conflicts of interest will be included in promotional materials and can be accessed by contacting the Ohio Psychological Association Central Office. 
Photo Consent: Registration and attendance at OPA events constitutes an agreement by the registrant to OPA for use of the attendee’s image in photographs.
Continuing Education Credit Policies: Those individuals wanting CE credits must sign and complete the Workshop Evaluation Form and return the form to OPA at the end of each workshop as instructed. OPA guidelines state that a participant may arrive no more than 10 minutes late or leave more than 10 minutes early to receive credit for a program. No partial credit will be given. The workshop planners will make every effort to ensure that each workshop begins and ends promptly at its designated time.
Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers and Counselors:  The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board to offer continuing education to counselors and social workers. The approval number is RCS070608.
Certificates of Attendance will be distributed at the end of the workshop to all pre-registered participants who meet the criteria specified above.