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Union of Psychology and Spirituality Retreat
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When: Friday, October 20, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:15 PM
Where: Sharon Woods | Spring Hollow Lodge
W. Main Street
Westerville, Ohio  43081
United States
Contact: Carolyn Green

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PLEASE NOTE THIS WORKSHOP TAKES PLACE AT SHARON WOODS METRO PARK IN CENTRAL OHIO. There is another Sharon Woods located in southern Ohio; the Retreat is not taking place in southern Ohio.

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6 CE for psychologists

6 CE for social workers, counselors and marriage & family therapists

Doors opens at 8 a.m... Workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Registration Information:

Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks are included.

Registration deadline is October 13, 2017.

Cost: $150 OPA Members; $180 Non-OPA Members; $100 Students (No CE)

Program Description:

This workshop 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.

While mindfulness has ancient roots in the Buddhist tradition, the practices are compatible with other religions and can be directly adopted in psychotherapy conducted with no references to religion or spirituality.  Mindfulness can be defined as the self-regulation of awareness with the intent of minimizing suffering and cultivating compassion and well-being.  Mindfulness is a training of one’s attention with the aim of enhancing the quality of one’s experience.  The intents and aims of mindfulness are essentially the same as the goals of psychotherapy.

While mindfulness is a specific form of meditation, there are other meditative practices that are just as ancient and just as modern.  Focusing meditation, too, is a training of attention.  During this practice, we are calming the body and the mind.  We move toward and sometimes into stillness and silence.  We practice letting go of thoughts and redirecting our attention—over and over again.  We become physically more relaxed, mentally more effective in directing our attention, and emotionally less reactive.  These heightened capacities are useful in reducing suffering and in enhancing quality of life.

Just as mindfulness and meditation practices are compatible with a wide range of religions and modern, secular mindsets, so too are such practices compatible with various “schools” of psychotherapy.  Practitioners who identify with a psychoanalytic orientation can use such practices as can a Gestalt therapist or a cognitive behavioral therapist.  Some newer psychotherapeutic approaches such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are evidence based interventions that explicitly incorporate mindfulness practices.  Brain scan research shows significant changes in brain functioning, and even cortical thickening in areas such as the medial prefrontal cortex, after only eight weeks of consistent mindfulness practice.  Throughout the workshop, we will be discussing how we can use mindfulness and meditation practices to improve our clinical effectiveness.

This workshop 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.  We will practice mindfulness and meditation.  We will practice presenting/teaching meditation and mindfulness to others.  We will share our experiences with one another.  

Learning Objectives – Attendees will:

  • identify and practice four meditative and mindfulness practices useful for clinical practice.
  • identify five or more presenting problems which have been empirically shown to be treated effectively with meditative or mindfulness practices.
  • learn and practice ways to present meditative and mindfulness practices to gain clients’ informed consent (or not) to utilize these methods.
  • practice different ways to teach these methods to fit different client cultural backgrounds.
  • identify three benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices, not only for current clinical issues, but also for the lifetime of the client.

About the Speakers:
Richard Reckman, PhD
is a past president of the Ohio Psychological Association and the Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Reckman has offered dozens of workshops for psychologists and other mental health professionals through OPA and CAPP.  He started the OPA Union of Psychology and Spirituality Retreats 12 years ago.  Dr. Reckman has maintained a daily meditation practice for more than 44 years. Dr. Reckman has worked in a private clinical practice in Cincinnati for the past 38 years.
Lindsay Armitage, PsyD works in private practice in Cincinnati, where she treats adults with depression, anxiety, and relationship problems.  Dr. Armitage serves as an adjunct instructor in the doctor of psychology program at Xavier University and as a consultant for the Institute for Reproductive Health.  She enjoys helping clients develop mindfulness skills for responding to emotional pain.  In 2017, she began practicing mindfulness daily, occasionally accompanied by her 4-year-old son.

Julie Duhigg, PhD is the Assistant Director of Counseling Services at Ohio Wesleyan University. Her practice interests with the students she sees include gender, racial, and sexual identities, as well as ways that mindfulness and meditation can be applied to a student’s health and wellbeing. Three ½ years ago she was trained in a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program and has subsequently fostered a (mostly!) daily meditation practice. In addition, she meets twice a month with a Buddhist meditation sangha group. Julie attended the past three Union of Psychology and Spirituality Retreats and cites her first such retreat as where she began cultivating her meditation practice.

Key Literary References: (Download full list)

  • Alexander, R. (2009) Wise Mind, Open Mind, Oakland: New Harbinger
  • Forsyth, J. and Eifert, G. (2016) The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety, Oakland: New Harbinger 
  • Germer, C., Siegel, R. and Fulton, P. (Eds) (2016) Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, (2nd ed.) New York: The Guilford Press.
  • Hanh, T. N., (2009) You Are Here, Boston: Shambhala
  • Kabat-Zinn, J. (1994) Wherever You Go, There You Are, New York: Hyperion
  • Kornfield, J. (2008) Wise Heart, New York: Bantam Books
  • Kumar, S. (2005) Grieving Mindfully, Oakland: New Harbinger
  • Luoma, J.,Hayes, S., and Walser, R. (2007) Learning ACT, Oakland: New Harbinger
  • Siegel, R. (2010) The Mindfulness Solution, New York: The Guilford Press
  • Wilber, K. (2006) Integral Spirituality, Boston: Integral Books
  • Williams, M. and Teasdale, J. (2007) The Mindful Way Through Depression, New York: The Guilford Press


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 and RTX071703.
Certificates of Attendance will be distributed at the end of the workshop to all pre-registered participants who meet the criteria specified above.