The Spiritual Struggle of Living in the Liminal
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Jill L. Snodgrass, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Maryland
October 22, 2021
October 23, 2021
October 24, 2021
Mental health challenges, or what some term mental illnesses, present unique difficulties and opportunities for engaging the liminal. The third plenary explores how individuals diagnosed with mental health challenges, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, substance use and addictive disorders, and those with chronic illness can navigate liminality. In addition, we will uncover how rites, rituals, and other spiritual practices can be used with these populations to enhance life in the liminal.
Rev. Jill L. Snodgrass, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland. She is a pastoral and practical theologian, a scholar-activist, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Her research focuses on spiritual care and counseling with traditionally marginalized populations. She is the author of Women Leaving Prison: Justice-Seeking Spiritual Support for Female Returning Citizens (Lexington, 2018), the editor of Navigating Religious Difference in Spiritual Care and Counseling (Claremont Press, 2019), and the co-editor of Understanding Pastoral Counseling (Springer Publishing Company, 2015). She has authored or co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. Dr. Snodgrass has served as a pastoral counselor in churches, shelters, transitional housing facilities, and community centers, and she is the Clinical Director of the Center for Spiritual Support Training at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
ACPE Members - $140.00
Student Members - $50.00
Retired Members - $90.00
Non Members - $180.00
Day Pass - $75.00
CEU - $15.00
This is a virtual event.
Patricia Ann Robinson Williams, Ph.D., D. Min., LMFT
Rev. Dr. Williams is a former professor of Biblical and Pastoral Counseling who is currently in private practice serving individuals challenged by grief, trauma, and attachment wounds. She is a licensed marriage and family therapy with expertise in pastoral and narrative theology. She has fifteen years of experience in congregational ministry and has practiced as a licensed therapist for twelve years. Williams is currently in private practice and an ACPE trainer for spiritually integrated psychotherapy. She practices therapy integrating psychology and theology. She holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Psychology and a Doctor of Ministry in Narrative Theology. As a therapist, she holds certifications in as a clinical trauma provider, grief recovery specialist, narrative therapist, and spiritually integrated psychotherapist.
Carol McGinnis, Ph.D, SIP, BC-TMH, LCPC, NCC
Associate Professor of Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track Coordinator
Dr. McGinnis is a Pastoral Counselor which means that she incorporates psychology and religion/spirituality equally in the counseling relationship with an emphasis that prioritizes the orientation of the client. She is an ACPE Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapist (SIP) trainer and practitioner, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Approved Supervisor in the State of Maryland. Past clinical work experience has included work with teens and families, the elderly, disabled individuals, children in schools, and clients from a wide variety of ages and diagnoses. Dr. McGinnis has worked in a variety of settings that have included police headquarters, hospital environments, community and mobile clinic sites. Current work as President of the Maryland Counseling Association (MCA) has temporarily suspended her pro bono clinical work in private practice.
Jaye Lynn Peabody Smith, MPA, MDIV, MS, LPC
Redemptive Life Christian Fellowship
Jaye Lynn Peabody Smith, MPA, MDIV, MS, LPC is an Associate Pastor at the Redemptive LIfe Christian Fellowship in Conyers, GA. She is also the President & CEO of The Peabody Practice, LLC. She is a National Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Pastoral Counselor. She earned a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health from Mercer University. Jaye provides individual, family, couple and group counseling. She enjoys working with young adults, adults, and the seasoned age demographics.
Gregory Kenneth Popcak, Ph.D., LISW-S, BCD.
Pastoral Solutions Institute
Dr. Greg Popcak is the director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute, a group, pastoral-behavioral tele-health practice providing spiritually integrated counseling services to clients around the world. He is the author of over 20 popular books and the host of More2Life Radio, a call-in advice program airing each weekday (M-F) at 10am E on SiriusXM 130 as well as on over 300 terrestrial radio stations affiliated with the EWTN Radio Network. He is a Board-Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Social Work, a Fellow of the former American Association of Pastoral Counseling, and an ACPE Certified Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy Trainer.
Sophia Park, Th.D., LMFT
Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Neumann University
Sophia Park, Th.D., LMFT is an Associate Professor of Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Neumann University, Aston, PA. Her research and writings focus on the challenges faced by immigrant families, especially the identity formation of children growing up in multi-cultural contexts. She brings over 15 years of professional experience in marriage and family counseling, psychiatric in-patient units, addiction clinics, hospital chaplaincy, academic teaching, and church ministry.
Lori Christine Young, LPC, SEP
Lori Christine Young, LPC, SEP, Spiritual Director is a full-time therapist in private practice who specializes in spirituality, trauma and the nervous system. While her foundation is rooted in the interconnection of therapy, spiritual direction and somatic practices, her true love is in understanding who we are as human beings and what it means to be alive.
Heather Ruce, M.A.
Heather Ruce, M.A., Spiritual Director, SEP is a wisdom spiritual director with a background as a therapist and training in neurophysiology-based approach to trauma resolution. She loves working with individuals as well as facilitating groups and retreats focused on learning and practicing the Wisdom Tradition.