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Addressing Life’s Big Questions: Adopting an Existential Approach in Psychotherapy  

Psychotherapy provides clients with a forum for exploring many important existential issues. In both direct and indirect ways, our clients often find themselves contending with life’s “ultimate concerns”—pursuing meaning and purpose in their lives, seeking ways to overcome feelings of isolation, making difficult choices that will impact their destinies, and struggling to come to terms with their mortality.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the nature of existentialism and will gain an appreciation for how they can address key existential issues, or “ultimate concerns,” with their clients. The presenter will discuss two optimal approaches to overcoming existential isolation, seven key ways in which clients can derive a sense of meaningfulness in their lives, fourteen obstacles to living life more freely, and, finally, ten strategies for coping with anxiety about mortality. This program will also include discussion of the many ways that widely-embraced therapeutic orientations and techniques (including cognitive-behavioral, psychoanalytic, client-centered, and others) are well-suited for engaging in such existential work with our clients.

This program is intended for psychotherapists (regardless of their specific degree, training or orientation). The program would also be appropriate for graduate students pursuing degrees in counseling-related fields.

CASAL is an Approved Provider of continuing education through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Our Approved Provider number is RCS090601

CASAL is also approved as a provider of continuing education for psychologists by the Ohio Psychological Association Office of Mandatory Continuing Education (OPA-MCE). Our Approved Provider # is 340966056


Addressing Life’s Big Questions: Adopting an Existential Approach in Psychotherapy
Item: CASU19CNS18401 Craig Vicko
8:30 AM - 12:45 PM West Center
Sessions: 1 Tu Location: Room TBA/ 26202 Detroit Road Westlake, OH 44145
6/18/2019 - 6/18/2019 Fee: $119.00
Provides 4 hours of approved CE credit for counselors, psychologists, marriage family therapists, and social workers

Normella Walker, Department of Psychology
Noelle Muscatello
Michele Bowman, ESL
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