The Menninger Clinic is pleased to co-present, along with the Institute for Spirituality and Health, the 31st annual Psychotherapy and Faith Conference Friday, November 4. This hybrid event's theme is Shaken to the Core: Restoring Faith in Psychotherapy.
The importance of faith in a clinical setting of inherent uncertainties and the challenges of maintaining faith following adverse clinical events are addressed unevenly at best in the professional education of psychotherapists and counselors of all disciplines.
Our contemporary plight brings the challenges of faith to the forefront, with the loss, grief and stress of the pandemic; social-political strife and the erosion of trust in governments and governmental institutions; and the looming crises of climate change. These contemporary challenges compound the potential shattering of faith that brings many patients to psychotherapy; such betrayal in important relationships felt as desecrations that engender spiritual struggles.
This Psychotherapy and Faith conference will turn the spotlight on elucidating patients' and therapists' struggles with faith, based on the premise that therapists are best positioned to support and guide their patients when therapists have reckoned with their own challenges with trust, hope and faith. Presenters from diverse religious and spiritual traditions and perspectives will bring their personal and clinical experience to bear on their ways of restoring faith in their own and their patients' lives.
Four-and-a-half (4.5) contact/credit/clock hours have been designated by The Menninger Clinic for the following disciplines: