Atlantic University: Continuing Education

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Atlantic University has a complete curriculum of Distance Learning courses leading to an MA degree fully accredited by DETC. Courses are offered continuously on a wide range of subjects and can also be taken as Continuing Education (Non-Credit). For more information call 757.631.8101 or 800.428.1512. You can also send us an email.

Balancing Transpersonal Perspectives in Counseling with Conventional Ethical Requirements

Relationship triangles are usually considered symptomatic of family dysfunction in systems-oriented therapy, but they may also serve a progressive, transitional role in relationships. The author examines the phenomenon and function of "progressive" triangles in East and West spiritual traditions, and suggests that triangles comprising seeker, mediator, and higher power are common in both traditions, regardless of differing views of human nature. A progressive triangle in the therapeutic setting can be seen as a function of teleological transference, in which a seeker's spiritual aspirations are projected onto a mediator, who provides support and direction for its further realization. The implications of progressive triangulation and teleological transference in contemporary practice are discussed.
Gregory Scott Sparrow - 3 CE Credits - 14 Days Allowed - $69.00 - LOGIN or SIGN UP

Incorporating Effective Dream Work into Counseling Practice: Putting the Five Star Method to Work

Dream analysis appears to deepen and accelerate the psychotherapeutic process, but it is not widely employed in contemporary practice. This may be due, in part, to an age-old belief that the value of a dream lies in the analysis of its visual content, and that the qualities valued in contemporary psychotherapy -- self awareness, volition, and a sense of personal responsibility -- are apparently lacking in most dreams. While research into "lucid dreaming" has established that some dreamers can become aware that they are dreaming, the emphasis on lucidity per se overlooks the possibility that nonlucid dreams may exhibit varying degrees of dreamer awareness and agency. This course treats the apparent absence of these qualities in ordinary dreams as a problem in reporting and in perceiving dreams, and cites three sources that contribute to this problem. It then presents a view of normal dreaming as an interactive process between the dreamer and the dream imagery, and the dream outcome as a co-created experience.
Gregory Scott Sparrow - 5.75 CE Credits - 14 Days Allowed - $99.00 - LOGIN or SIGN UP

Incorporating Informed Love into Your Counseling Practice

Research concerning the curative factors in psychotherapy has thus far overlooked reports of religious experiences as a potential source of hypotheses. Dr. Sparrow examines a variety of anecdotal encounters with personifications of higher power for the presence of therapeutic factors. He finds that the attitude expressed by the being, as perceived by the recipients, reflects unconditional positive regard (UCR) in the context of a thorough and intimate knowledge of the person. He thus hypothesizes that the curative factor operating in such experiences is "informed love", defined as the twofold experience of feeling completely loved and completely known. He discusses the differences between informed love and UCR, and the implications of informed love in modern psychotherapy practice.
Gregory Scott Sparrow - 3 CE Credits - 14 Days Allowed - $69.00 - LOGIN or SIGN UP

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  Atlantic University
215 67th Street :: Virginia Beach, VA 23451
757.631.8101 :: 800.428.1512 ::
NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (Number: 6434)