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Hope as a Dynamic For Healing


Facilitator for Hope as a Dynamic for Healing: TBD

12 contact hours

What role does the dynamic of hope play in one’s healing and overall health and well-being? This question continues to take on more meaning as health care approaches become more integrated and holistic.

This seminar offers participants the opportunity to explore the role of hope, future stories, and the creation of narratives of hope. Using email, seminar participants will explore the role of hope through reflective dialogue around three presentations in light of their own experience and context. Through this process the group benefits by learning from one another as well as from the presentations.


Following this workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Acknowledge the value of one’s story as a means for restoring and creating a new and hopeful vision of reality.
  2. Strengthen the therapeutic process through communication about hope and one’s vision of their future.
  3. Recognize the dynamic of “hope” as an important factor impacting their patient, parishioner, or client’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
  4. Recognize how a person’s thoughts and feelings toward the future can impact his or her physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
  5. Utilize one’s sacred story and images as a context in which future stories can be transformed from despairing to hopeful.
  6. Identify future stories that give one courage to move into new dimensions of life.
  7. Encourage others to find meaning in a broader definition of “healing” that goes beyond cure.
  8. Be aware of how their own spiritual/theological perspectives may impact the therapeutic process for their client, patient, or parishioner.

This is a three-week seminar and participation in readings and class discussion is required. The seminar is worth 12 CEUs. If you are already a member and wish to join this seminar, just send an email to registration@oates.org. If you are not a member, the seminar is $95 for non-members. Go to the membership page and you will see that as an option. Or, you can join as a regular member for just $195 and access our courses and learning opportunities anytime.


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