Spirituality in helping relationships: Sharing personal awareness and professional practice Event as iCalendar

24 November 2017

9am - 1pm

Venue: Kohia Centre, Gate 1, Epsom Campus

Location: 78 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland. Free parking at Gate 2, Level 3

Host: The School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Cost: Free

Contact info: Places are limited. Contact Jenny Hare

Contact email: j.hare@auckland.ac.nz

A free half-day workshop with Dr Peter Bray and Jenny Hare

The workshop

Internationally the work and professional identities of professional helpers, such as counsellors, social workers and allied social and medical service providers, have become increasingly interested in the impact that spiritual experiences have upon the lives of their clients. This growing awareness of clients’ spiritual journeys, already of major interest to bicultural and multicultural practices, has been spurred on by a genuine concern to examine the spiritual experiences of clients and their helpers and is underpinned by scholarly work and practice both in the medical humanities and humanistic, transpersonal, and positive psychologies. Recent research, for example, into the influence that spiritual factors have on bereavement, grief work, and post-traumatic growth and the outcomes for health when spiritual resources are utilised by clients and helping professionals generally reports very positive outcomes.

Workshop aims

The workshop will explore and examine together the following broad questions:

• What is my understanding of the relationship that I have with spirituality in my day-to-day life?
• How can I be more aware of the impact of spirituality on my relationships and with myself?
• How is spirituality addressed in my role as a professional helper with clients and colleagues in
my work setting(s)?
• How might I competently and safely incorporate spirituality into my professional practice?

Workshop learning objectives

By the end of this workshop participants will:

• Enjoy a fuller appreciation of their day-to-day relationship with spirituality.
• Be more aware of and be able to articulate how spirituality impacts upon their relationships.
• Have a greater understanding of how spirituality might be addressed in their role as a professional
helper with clients and colleagues in their work settings.
• Begin to incorporate spirituality safely in their professional practice

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended to be of benefit to individuals who work in any capacity as professional helpers in diverse settings that may include, but are not limited to, clinicians and therapists, social service workers and those in pastoral care, and who are interested in developing their own awareness of spirituality, sharing their understanding and knowledge of spirit-centred practices and finding out more about themselves and their work with clients.