Introducing the Covenant Seminary 2019–2020

Professional Counselor Training Series

Join the faculty and friends of Covenant Seminary for ongoing training in the practice of counseling. This series leverages research from leaders in the field of counseling to provide continuing education training for licensed counselors interested CEs with a Biblical perspective. Each lecture is 1.5 hours on a Friday afternoon, with 30 minutes for networking beforehand. The Austin Harrington Counseling Lectures are 4.5 hours. Join us for a chance to reconnect while crediting your licensure.

This year’s topic:

Family Stories and Your Work with Clients

Applying theology and Biblical truth to current topics affecting families including race, apology and addiction.

 

Even though the counseling profession has learned a lot about what is happening in people and how to help them, not every person is mentally healthy and the world is not without disease, strife, murder, scandals, mass shootings, polarization or chaos. This series will look at the basic foundational unit common to all people and problems: the family. This series will particularly explore how families and their stories effect individuals, can impact their present ways of living in this world and can be utilized to build resilience and courage.

Over the course of the series, speakers will address:

  • how your clients are shaped by family events and stories of relational rupture, addictions, bi-racial adoption and attachment-styles;
  • relation-based counseling techniques to help your clients grow in strength, courage and perseverance;
  • reminders of foundational concepts needed to remain “people-focused, people helpers” instead of technicians; and
  • insights on tools necessary to help clients repair the negative effects of family and build resilience and courage.

 

Certificates of Attendance (COAs) will be distributed at the end of each lecture to those in attendance. According to the Missouri Committee of Professional Counselors, COAs make this event applicable for CEs for Missouri licensure requirements.

Attachment & Families

September 20, 2019  Sold Out

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Networking

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Dan Zink

A revolution happened in the counseling world in the 1960’s with the advent of Family Therapy. Cybernetics and Systems Theory came into play as psychiatrists and others turned the counseling world upside down and started to see the whole family all at the same time in the same room. It was scandalous. These women and men were dream-filled inventors of a new way of seeing everything. They taught us to look at whole of the dynamics in the family.

Then, a revolution of a different kind occurred in the 1990’s, a revolution with three towers. Allan Schore led the way in the advance of Interpersonal Neurobiology. Mario Mikulincer and Phillip Shaver advanced the thinking about attachment in adults. And Peter Levine, among others, thinking holistically about human persons and the effects of trauma on them, refocused the therapy world on the body and its part in healthy functioning. These great thinker/therapists refocused our attention on fine details of people and their troubles and taught us specific interventions to heal specific issues.

In this seminar, Dr. Zink will share how these the great therapists hold together the thinking and therapy of both revolutions and remind us of the vision of Family Therapy and the specifics of Attachment Theory, running it all through the lens of God’s Real Truth. Dr. Zink will lead us in a discussion of how we can continue to grow as therapists by holding these two contrary viewpoints together for the good of all of our clients.

Cost: $25

CE’s: 1.5 hours

Apologies & Families

October 25, 2019 Sold Out

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Networking

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Jeremy Ruckstaetter

Cost: $25

CE’s: 1.5 hours

“I’m sorry” can be a difficult sentence to verbalize. What gets in the way? What helps us say these words to family members? How do we help others with the process of apologizing? 

In this presentation we will consider these questions and survey recent research and thinking around apologies. We will investigate the relationship of the variables of empathy, shame, guilt, parental attitudes toward apologies and the influence of those variables on the parent-child attachment relationship. Clinical applications will also be considered and discussed. 

My Family Story:

Reflections on themes of anxiety, perfectionism, resilience, grief, aging, and grace.

January 24, 2020  SOLD OUT

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Networking

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Richard Winter

Location: Buswell Library Classroom 111

Cost: $25

CE’s: 1.5 hours

From Dr. Winter: It has been shown that making sense of your story enables you to be a better parent (and grandparent). Telling our stories repeatedly helps us to make sense of our history and thus to pass on the lessons learned to the following generations and to minimize the damage we do. Some stories are fraught with great difficulties and traumas, others show the brokenness and beauty of life in more subtle tones, and the lessons are not so stark and easy to see.

I have been blessed with much goodness in my life but have also experienced some deep griefs and struggles. It has been difficult to come to terms with areas of weakness and sin that have emerged at different stages of life. We will reflect on the interweaving of genetic tendencies, biological vulnerability, family relationships, self-centeredness, losses, disease, and current stresses and strengths that make up every family. The effects of sin and the Fall are seen in each generation as are the blessings of lives lived under the grace of God. It seems that honesty, gentleness, purpose, and grace in the context of deep relationships help to strengthen family and breed resilience and courage.

The Austin Harrington Counseling Lectures

February 21, 2020  sold out

Speaker: Jay Stringer
Author of Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing

Cost: $25

CE’s: 4.5 hours

Stringer holds an MDiv and master in counseling psychology from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and received post-graduate training under Dr. Dan Allender while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Allender Center for Trauma and Abuse. Jay lives in Seattle, WA with his wife Heather and their two children.

2020 Title: Learning from Unwanted Behaviors

Lecture 1: The Stories We Don’t Want to Tell: You can take no one further than you have gone yourself.

Lecture 2: How Did We Get Here? Connecting the dots between adverse childhood experiences and adult unwanted behaviors.

Lecture 3: Why Do We Stay? Understanding the meaning of self-destructive sexual choices and what sustains them.

Lecture 4: How Do We Get Out?  Best practices and resources for facing shame, developing self-care, and creating transformative communities.

Bi-Racial Adoptions & Families

April 3, 2020

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Networking

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Lecture

Speaker: Prof. Suzanne Bates

Cost: $25

CE’s: 1.5 hours

Many families adopt children outside of their own ethnicity. Adoption is the blessing and gift of God. After all, He adopts us into His family. Even when we are not seeking this relationship, He loves us, calls us by name, and invites us to be in a relationship with Him. From every tribe nation, tongue and language He call us and by Christ’s blood, we are reconciled to God. We become sons and daughters of the King!

This call of God and being placed in His family does not mean we do not struggle, especially with those unlike ourselves and with our differences. As well, the call of God for children to be placed in adoptive families does not mean they and their families do not struggle. Bi-Racial and Trans-Racial adoptions often present even more challenges for adoptive parents and their children. What are some of the considerations and implications when adopting trans-racially?  How might challenges presented impact relational ruptures? In this session, we will discuss how we as therapist can come alongside these families to help bring healing and restoration.



Sexual Addiction & Families

April 17, 2020

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Networking

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Mark Pfuetze

Cost: $25

CE’s: 1.5 hours