Colleen Sharka to keynote AAPC Eastern/Northeast Regions Annual Meeting

Next month Colleen Sharka will be the keynote speaker at the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) Eastern/Northeast Regions Annual Meeting. The meeting takes place November 7 - 8, 2014, in Williamstown, MA.

The theme this year: Pastoral Counseling & Spiritual Direction: Convergence & Divergence. From the conference website:

Spiritually informed care embodies, in both presence and practice, John Philip Newell's concept of the "holiness of wholeness". It is a relational process which integrates the view of holding a person as sacred and whole, the significance of presence, the importance of embracing vulnerability, and relationship as the vehicle for transformational change - all of which are true for both spiritual direction and pastoral counseling. How and why are these two types of accompaniment similar/different? How can spiritual direction enhance and inform the work of pastoral counseling?  Moreover, what do the two types of accompaniment have to offer for our own transformation within our work?

Colleen Sharka, MA, LMHC, a licensed psychotherapist and trained spiritual director, is Director of Spiritual Formation & Accompaniment at Still Harbor, where she facilitates programs and co-leads Still Harbor's Spiritual Direction Practicum. Previously as the assistant director of a counseling center at Trinity Church in Copley Square, she developed spiritually informed psychotherapy training for masters-level mental health interns. Colleen previously served on the advisory committee of the Center for Psychotherapy and Spirituality at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She currently serves on the planning team of Spiritual Directors International's Spirituality & Health Care Institute.


In addition, Rev. Dr. David B. Reynolds will give a presentation, "Sharing our Stories." He is the Center Director of Pastoral Counseling Services in manchester, NH.  Carol A. Fournier, MS, MA, LCMHC, will facilitate a panel discussion. She is founder and director of the Silver Dove Institute, in South Burlington, VT.

Learn more about the conference and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors here. Download the conference brochure.

Image: “Southwest” by Anne Ierardi