The Spirituality of Relationship Counseling

The Spirituality of Relationship Counseling

The Spirituality of Relationship Counseling

Presented By: David Richo, PhD, LMFT  | Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 9:30 am – 4:30 pm 

Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton San Rafael Marin County 101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael, CA 94903

Cost: $110 early registration fee up to 10 days prior to seminar, $120 after. 

CIP Member Discounts: $75 early registration, $85 after 

CEs: 6 CEs for LMFTs & LCSWs and 6 CEs for Psychologists

David Richo Bio:

David Richo, PhD, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, writer, and workshop leader. He teaches at a variety of places including Esalen and Spirit Rock Buddhist Center. He shares his time between Santa Barbara and San Francisco, California. Dave combines psychological and spiritual perspectives in his work. His two most recent books are:

How to be an Adult in Love (Shambhala, 2013)

You Are Not What You Think: The Egoless Path to Self-Esteem and Generous Love (Shambhala, 2015)

The website for books, CD’s, and events is 

Course Description:

Relationships survive best when the partners are committed to personal adult integrity and a spiritually conscious love. This means presence with unconditional attention, acceptance, appreciation, affection, and allowing others to be as they are.  Love is also presence without the conditioned overlays of ego, such as judgment, fear, control—just what we let go of in spiritual practices like mindfulness and loving-kindness. Our emphasis is not on research or measurement, but on increasing our skills with clients so that more consciousness of spirituality can happen.

Source Material: 

This program is derived from the following work:

Richo, David, (2013), “How to be an Adult in Love: Letting Love in Safely and Showing it Recklessly.” Shambhala Press 

Learning Objectives:  

Upon completion of this workshop participants should be able to:

1. Develop therapist familiarity of symptoms fear, judgment, control as rooted in childhood experiences.

2. Explain the function of ego how it becomes neurotic with symptoms of attachment, control, addiction, entitlement.

3. Describe what is called Self and its relation to ego.

4. Demonstrate the process of relating to symptoms of fear, guilt and anger applying mindfulness and loving kindness.

5. Explain the use of mindfulness and loving kindness as it relates to developing and sustaining love and relationship.

6. Describe the concept of unconditional love, acceptance and appreciation.

Course Schedule/Outline:  

9:00 am – 9:30 am Registration

9:30 am – 11:30 am Presenter will provide mini lectures defining anger, guilt, fear as conditioned mental ego states originating in childhood.

11:30 am - 11:45 am Break

11:45 am - 1:00 pm Presenter will explain addressing negative emotions with loving kindness and mindfulness.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Explanation of the use of loving kindness and mindfulness as they affect and sustain conscious loving as well as developing unconditional attention, acceptance and affection. 

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm  Break 

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Presenter will further integrate the awareness of spiritual practice of loving kindness and mindfulness as keys to sustained adult integrity and a spiritually conscious love.

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Price $120.00