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Addressing Life’s Big Questions: Adopting an Existential Approach in Psychotherapy - Westlake
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When: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
8:30 AM
Where: United States

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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. Dr. Craig J. Vickio, a licensed psychologist, earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in 1986. He subsequently worked for almost 30 years at BGSU before retiring on July 1 of 2016. During his years of employment, Dr. Vickio worked full-time in the University Counseling Center while also teaching for both the Department of Psychology and the Honors College. In the Counseling Center, Dr. Vickio served in various capacities including staff psychologist, Outreach Coordinator and Center Director. Dr. Vickio’s professional activities in the Counseling Center included providing intake assessments, counseling, consultation, and crisis intervention services to more than 1000 university students. He also supervised numerous trainees, conducted frequent training seminars and professional development programs, facilitated more than 400 workshops, and published over a dozen articles. Beyond his work in the Counseling Center, Dr. Vickio taught 45 classes for the BGSU Department of Psychology and the Honors College. On three different occasions, Dr. Vickio was selected as a finalist for the University’s annual “Master Teacher Award” and, in 2015, he was named BGSU’s Master Teacher. In recent years, Dr. Vickio has periodically been invited by universities, state agencies, and professional organizations to provide training seminars and staff-development workshops. Since his retirement in 2016, he has continued to teach courses on an adjunct basis for Bowling Green State University and Wright State University.

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Cleveland State University

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(216) 687-3867

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Cleveland State University - West Center

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26202 Detroit Rd

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