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Consciousness: States and Stages and The Therapeutic Implications of Spiritual Experience

October 26, 2013 @ 8:00 am - October 27, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

The Washington Pastoral Counseling Association and the Washington Pastoral Counseling Association and the School for Mystics for Mystics offer continuing for Mystics continuing education for Counseling Professionals interested in exa education for Counseling Professionals mining their spiritual consciousness spiritual consciousness spiritual consciousness.

CEU Hours: 14

Program Purpose: Barbara Fischer and Jerry Smith have developed their professions around the spiritual path for the last 40 years. Through this development they have discovered that spiritual consciousness connects them directly to a universal Source of wisdom, love, compassion, and creativity. This workshop will offer ways for participants to explore and awaken the artist within and draw upon guidance from a larger field of Reality for inspired creativity and problem-solving. They will access consciousness that reveals the fundamental unity of all life, reveals that they belong here, and recognize that the spiritual way leads to deep joy, love, peace, and healing. This workshop is designed for the helping professions to understand and deepen their own spiritual consciousness capacity and that of their clients and patients.

Participants will: (1) learn the mind-soul-community side of spiritual experience (2) become familiar with a variety of models of spiritual experience and the latest studies of consciousness (3) develop skill for entering into different consciousness states (4) grow in understanding of clients’/patients’ consciousness states (5) discover why therapists and other listeners are uniquely suited to be mystics and (6) explore the therapeutic usefulness of spiritual experience.

Program Presenters:
Barbara Fischer Barbara Fischer Barbara Fischer, MSW, a marriage and family for 30 years, co-founded and directed the first AAMFT approved Marriage and Family Therapy program in the Northwest, a joint project of Seattle Pacific University and the Samaritan Center. She has trained in the contemplative traditions as a Catholic nun and student of Tibetan Buddhism. A life-threatening illness forced her to close her practice in 2002 and plunged her into an intense “tutorial” in expanded states of awareness and their potential for healing bodies, minds, and our relationships to each other and the earth. In 2009 she founded the School for Mystics to help “closet mystics” share their experiences and learn from others.

Dr. Jerry Smith, S.T.D., a marriage and family therapist for 53 years, has practiced contemplative pastoral psychotherapy from a systems perspective for over 40 years. He teaches the Psychology of Religion and Relationship and Family Counseling at Puget Sound University and co-founded Pastoral Therapy Associates with Terry Gibson, where he practices today. He discovered spiritual consciousness at 4-years old and has been growing into that world of wonder ever since.

National Board of Certified Counselors LogoImportant: Washington Pastoral Counseling Association is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.


October 26, 2013 @ 8:00 am
October 27, 2013 @ 5:00 pm


Aurora House
656 Howe St.
Seattle, WA 98109 United States
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