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Blooming in the Night: Growing in Times of Stress and Trauma
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When: Friday, March 16, 2018
9:30am EDT - 3:30pm EDT
Where: Covenant United Methodist Church
212 W. Springfield Road
Springfield, Pennsylvania  19064
United States
Presenter: Dr. Mary Beth Werdel, Ph.D., LPC
Contact: Janice Merrill-Rossi
(610) 558-5572

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Blooming in the Night:
Growing in Times of Stress and Trauma

Presented by: Dr. Mary Beth Werdel, Ph.D., LPC


In the role of pastoral counselor many will come to us with narratives that include extreme stress and trauma: divorce, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, motor vehicle accidents, life threatening illnesses, and grief and loss. Research has long focused on the importance of working with the negative symptoms that result from enduring stress and trauma. There is now a growing body of research that examines the positive psychological consequences that may result from enduring stress and trauma.  With the awareness that stress and growth can coexist, this workshop will consider the clinical implications of what research says about the intersection of spirituality and stress related growth intervention. Participants can earn 6 NBCC approved credits.

Our Speaker, Dr. Mary Beth Werdel, Ph.d., Lpc is a leading researcher and educator in the area of spirituality and post-traumatic Growth. She is Director and Associate professor for the department of pastoral counseling at Fordham University.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be acquire information on the history, development and definition of the term ‘stress-related growth.’
  2. Participants will become familiar with up to date information on the research relative to stress related growth and spirituality
  3. Participants will learn 3 key clinical implications of the research on spirituality and stress-related growth and apply them to casework.