Athina-Eleni G. Mavroudhis, the Psychological Care Co-Director of the Office of Spiritual Formation & Counseling Services (SF/CS) at Hellenic College Holy Cross, attended Dr. Kenneth I. Pargament's workshop Integrating Spirituality into Psychotherapy on June 14, 2013. This workshop was co-sponsored by the Danielsen Institute at Boston Universtity and the Samaritan Institute. Holy Cross alumnus Dr. George Stavros is Executive Director of the Danielsen Institute.
The all-day workshop provided a framework for understanding and addressing spirituality in psychotherapy. Dr. Pargament identified common stereotypes about religion and spirituality, raised questions to facilitate spiritual dialogue and assessment in psychotherapy, and identified ways to help clients draw upon their spiritual resources.
"I'll now be able more effectively to integrate Orthodox spirituality into psychotherapy to further enhance emotional and spiritual development in students," said Mavroudhis.
Holy Cross alumnus Dr. George Stavros, Dr. Kenneth I. Pargament, Athina-Eleni G. Mavroudhis, MS, LMHC
The early sessions focused on why it makes sense to integrate spirituality into psychotherapy and understanding the roles of each. The later portions of the workshop focused more specifically on assessing and addressing spirituality in psychotherapy through various narratives and case consultations.
Dr. Pargament is the author of The Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, Practice, which has been described by the Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic as being "the best book on the psychology of religion in a generation or more."
The Office of Spiritual Formation & Counseling Services offers a comfortable environment to HCHC students and their families to nurture their spiritual and psychological well-being and development. Mavroudhis oversees Academic Support Services, psychological assessment, counseling, and referrals.
Rev. Dr. Nicholas Krommydas, the Pastoral Care Co-Director, oversees the Seminarian Program, Spiritual Fathers Program, and offers pastoral care counseling. The integration of the Orthodox faith in these counseling services and spiritual formation process is a vital component to all SF/CS services and resources.