Explore the boundaries of Depth Psychology! Join us for a full day at the beautiful Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell and learn new clinical tools inspired by Depth Psychology. This will be an interesting, fun, unique, and inspiring clinical training event!
8:00-8:45am - Registration
8:45 - 9:00am - MEMHCA Welcome and Announcements
9:00-12:00pm - Morning Breakout Sessions
Morning Breakout Session Choices
A. Shedding Light on the Shadow - Lois LeBlanc, LCPC, CPT
- In this didactic and experiential workshop we will honor shadow work as a portal toward individuation and higher consciousness. As a result of this informative and playful experience attendants will be able to:
1. Define and understand the components of the psyche.
2. Explore strategies to access the shadow for themselves and their clients
3. Explore and practice tools that aid in the integration of the energy and powerful gifts that the shadow has to offer, resulting in deepened awareness, compassion and consciousness
B. Psychosynthesis: Psychology with a Soul - Audrey McMorrow, MA, LPC, BCC
- Psychosynthesis is a transpersonal psychology that ventures beyond the healing of childhood trauma and building a healthy ego towards a blossoming of human potential. It envelopes both the healing work necessary for personal growth as well as the study and development of one’s purpose, meaning and values, with special emphasis on what is unfolding and trying to emerge. This holistic approach offers an in-depth exploration of the on-going relationship with the many “subpersonalities” within us, the personal self “I,” and our deeper, higher Self and the human drive towards an integrated whole.
1. Acquire techniques that recognize our different parts, or “subpersonalities.”
2. Apply the 3 components of The Will to move towards goals.
3. Identify the six psychological functions.
C. Active Imagination and Connecting with Personal Symbols in Clinical Practice - Bodhi Simpson, LCPC, ATR
- In order to understand the language of the unconscious we need to look at and explore the use of personal symbols. Jung developed a process called "Active Imagination" where individuals learn to connect with their personal symbols from a conscious viewpoint. This workshop teaches individuals how to connect with and interpret the personal symbols from their unconscious mind. Through direct experience individuals will learn how to facilitate this powerful process for themselves and with their clients.
1. Discuss the meaning and importance of active imagination
2. Learn how to connect to personal symbolism
3. Learn how to dialogue and build a relationship with imagery from the unconscious
4. Learn how to incorporate active imagination into clinical practice
First Afternoon Breakout Session Choices
A. Using Story in Therapy to Bring the Work Deeper - Mary Kelley, LCPC
- Stories are a part of life and a part of therapy. This interactive session will explore how to use stories to help clients to come to a deeper understanding of their lives and their struggles. In addition to the exploration of a client's personal stories, we will look at ancient myths, fairy tales, current movies, television stories, and social media in search of ways to help people to bring meaning to the exploration of their personal life journey.
1. Explore the use of stories to bring meaning to the work of therapy to a deeper level.
2. Look at current stories (movies, television, some social media) from a symbolic perspective as a way to help a client move through and/or accept their life struggles.
3. Consider how depth psychology fits into the evidence based practice world.
B. Using Depth Psychology to Work with Clients' Spiritual and Religious Issues - Jade Letourneau, PhD, LCMHC, NCC, ACS
- Clients' spiritual and religious practices and beliefs are integral parts of their identities. Allowing space in the counseling relationship to explore the effects of these beliefs on their mental health is a necessary of cultural competence. Many mental health counselors, however, have had little training or preparation in addressing such issues. In this session, participants will learn how to apply the concepts of depth psychology, such as archetypes, collective unconscious, and individuation, to spiritual and religious issues that clients present in mental health counseling.
1. Participants will identify basic tenets of depth psychology.
2. Participants will understand the clinical and cultural competencies related to working with spiritual and religious issues in mental health counseling.
3. Participants will apply the tenets of depth psychology to client case studies.
C. Ethics: Countertransference - What The **** Were You Thinking? - Eric Rutberg, DHEd, LCPC, Tonya Duggan, LCPC
- This workshop examines how the AMHCA ethical code guides clinical decision making, when client/counselor values are diametrically opposed. Participants will increase familiarity with ethical and clinical guidelines related to the transference/countertransference dynamic in an outpatient clinical counseling setting.
1. Define transference and countertransference.
2. Examine the complexity of maintaining the “Professional Counselor” Persona at times when client behaviors are personally perplexing.
3. Examine the tenets of using transference to work through client issues.
4. Present Case Study and consider 3 ethical guidelines that support clinical decision making.
Second Afternoon Breakout Sessions
A. Resolving Projections and Shadow Influences in Couples Work - Joel Lavenson, LCPC, NCC, BCPC
- Get your tool box ready! Imago relationship therapy is a form of marriage therapy that takes a relationship approach to problem solving in a marriage. In this workshop, we review the theory and step-wise approach to Imago Therapy and specifically examine the importance of resolving one's projections onto their partner, as well as embracing shadow attributes, taking responsibility for yourself, becoming more intentional in your interactions, and valuing your partner's desires and needs as much as your own.
1.Learn the rudiments and principles behind Imago dialogue.
2. Examine the blocks to becoming empathetic.
3. Learn tools to engage oppositional clients.
4. Examine the role of empathy and early child hood wounds that unconsciously run relationships.
B. Understanding the Influence of the Self-Organizing Unconscious in Clinical Practice - Eric Rutberg, DHEd, LCPC
- Participants learn about the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism and the Archetypal Symbol Inventory and complete an experiential activity that provides context for distinguishing between Archetypal Images, Archetypal Structures and Mental Representations. Attendees will the gain sufficient, theoretical understanding and practical experience to administer an experiential tool that fosters insights into the nature of archetypal structures, archetypal images and mental representations, as well as be introduced to resources to which they may refer for additional, related information and guidance in applying the tool used in the experiential activity.
1. Learn about the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism and the Archetypal Symbol Inventory.
2. Complete an experiential activity that provides context for distinguishing between Archetypal Images, Archetypal Structures and Mental Representations.
3. Gain sufficient, theoretical understanding and practical experience to foster insights into the nature of archetypal structures, archetypal images and mental representations.
4. Introduction to resources to which participants may refer for related information and guidance in applying the theories presented and the tool used in the experiential activity.
C. Ethics: Personal and Professional Overview - Alex Katopis, LCPC, and Joseph Viana, LCPC
- This interactive presentation will reveal the 5 most common ethical violations reported by the Maine Board of Counseling Professionals. We will also review and discuss a sampling of actual Board Sanctions.
1. Discuss specific guidelines used to avoid breaches of ethical and professtional behaviors.
2. Define boundary crossings and defend against boundary violations.
3. Explore common errors which contribute to poor bundary maintenance.
Lois LeBlanc, LCPC, CPT - Lois has been a mental health therapist for 17 years. She is currently in private practice in Lovell, ME. Her work is informed by her interest in the energetic underpinnings of our functioning as well as depth psychology which she integrates into her eclectic approach. She is trained in EMDR as well as polarity therapy. She is past president of MEMHCA.
Audrey McMorrow, LPC, BCC, is a licensed therapist and Psychosynthesis Life Coach. She is co-founder of Vast Horizons Center for Personal Growth in Yarmouth, ME, and is on the Board of the Maine Jung Center. She received her Master’s in Holistic Counseling from Salve Regina University, and trained for several years in Psychosynthesis, a transpersonal psychology (often deemed “the psychology of love”) at the Synthesis Center in Amherst, MA.
Bodhi Simpson, LCPC, ATR is a Registered Art Therapist and is the current President of the Maine Mental Health Counselor's Association. She has a private practice in Waterville and is co-founder of Vast Horizons Center for Personal Growth in Yarmouth. Bodhi provides workshops for the community, retreats, and trainings for therapists focused on incorporating creative expression and work with imagination, intuition, and metaphor into their practices. She has given workshops locally, nationally, and internationally.
Mary Kelley, LCPC is a psychotherapist in private practice in Brunswick and Bowdoinham. She is a past co-chair of the Maine Jung Center, and has extensive background in training in community mental health.
Jade L. H. Letourneau, PhD, LCMHC (Utah), NCC, ACS received her doctorate in Counselor Education and Counseling and is an assistant professor in the graduate counseling and human services program at Husson University. She created and taught a course in Spirituality in Counseling at Idaho State University and has presented research on the subject at national and regional conferences. In addition to spirituality in counseling, her scholarly interests include professional counselor identity, instructional theory, clinical supervision, and practitioner research.
Eric Rutberg has a Doctorate in Health Education, has been published in the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy and is currently researching the Self-Organizing Unconscious and its role in the Etiology and Treatment of Dissociative PTSD and Complex PTSD.
Tonya Duggan, LCPC is the President Elect of MEMHCA. She graduated from USM in 2014 and has been working at Woodfords Family Services in Westbrook since that time. In this role, Tonya does both in home therapy and outpatient therapy with the special needs community.
Joel Lavenson is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, Board Certified PTSD Clinician and President of Maine Counseling Association Specialists in Group Work 2014 - 2017.
Alexander Katopis, LCPC, CADC, NCC, MHRT-C is the Regional Director of SequelCare of Maine. Alex has worked in multiple venues in the social services industry and is a board member of MEMHCA.
Joeseph Viana, LCPC has extensive experience with clients with brain injuries and is a board member of MEMHCA. He is also licensed as an LMHC in NH.
MEMHCA Annual Conference 2017
Diving Deep and Resurfacing: Clinical Applications of Depth Psychology
When: October 27, 2017
Where: Maple Hill Farm Inn and Conference Center
in Hallowell, ME
Up to 7 NBCC approved credits will be awarded.
Maine Mental Health Counseling Association has beenapproved by the NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2068.