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First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh 5401 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232
Generally defined as the use of God, religion, enlightenment or other spiritual constructs as tools to gain power and control, spiritual abuse is one of the most overlooked forms of abuse in the community. Spiritual abuse deserves the same attention as other forms of abuse we discuss, and it’s important to recognize that it doesn’t just happen in churches. In this workshop and conversations, you will learn about what makes people vulnerable to being wounded in spiritual abusive dynamics and how abusers and abusive systems gain their power.
This is an important event for all of those serious about pursuing spiritual practice with freedom. In this open event, come out and discuss spiritual abuse with trauma expert and clinical counselor Dr. Jamie Marich, who is also a Reiki Master and developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice. Your questions and comments are welcome in this forum.
During this presentation, audiences will be able to:
1.) Define spiritual abuse and recognize it in all places it may manifest in the community (e.g., churches, yoga/meditation studios, educational systems, metaphysical communities)
2.) Recognize areas in their own lives where they have been affected by spiritual abuse and wounding and begin putting a plan of action into recovery
3.) Discuss the impact of spiritual abuse on the larger community and consider their potential role, in their existing profession, as agents of change and healing
Dr. Marich’s lecture will be interactive and include a few guided meditations and movement exercises as appropriate. She will take questions as she goes to promote conversation. Depending on the group size, she may also use small group breakout discussions and then bring people back to the larger group to synthesize the discussion.
Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RMT
Jamie Marich’s friends and colleagues describe her as a renaissance woman. A dancer, musician, performer, writer, recovery ambassador, clinical counselor, expressive arts therapist and Reiki Master Teacher, Marich unites these elements of her experience to achieve an ultimate mission: bringing the art and joy of healing to others.
Marich began her career in human services working in humanitarian aid in Bosnia-Hercegovina from 2000-2003. She travels internationally speaking on topics related to EMDR therapy, trauma, addiction, and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice (Mindful Ohio) in her home base of Warren, OH. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice and the co-creator of the Yoga Unchained approach to trauma-informed yoga.
Jamie Marich is the author of EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Recovery Enhancement (2012), and Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors. Her new book, Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation released in 2015 with Skylight Paths Publishing. She is currently working on EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care along with colleague Dr. Stephen Dansiger, scheduled for release with Springer Publishing in 2017.
Marich is a certified rational living hypnotherapist and completed the Street Yoga trauma-informed yoga teacher training program. She is also a Certified Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) leader. In 2015, she had the privilege of delivering a TEDx talk on trauma (available on YouTube), and she made her first appearance on the popular Recovery 2.0 Conference. Additionally, NALGAP: The Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies awarded Jamie with their esteemed President’s Award in 2015 for her work as an LGBT advocate. Please visit her website: jamiemarich.com.