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January 27, 2023 | In Person

OLOGY | The Spiritual Child

Friday, January 27, 2023
8:30 am – 1:30 pm

First United Methodist Church Richardson
503 N Central Expwy
Richardson, Texas

Join us for OLOGY - January 27, 2023- as we hear from Columbia University Professor Dr. Lisa Miller. Drawing on her award-winning research, Dr. Lisa Miller offers a unique look into the world of The Spiritual Child, that culminated into a New York Times bestselling book of the same name. Attending to the roles that faith, spirituality, and religion play in public life, she also teaches how these experiences develop and evolve in the lives of kids and teens. Noting the observable role spirituality plays in youth mental health and education, she offers how we might better attend to the whole needs of the kids and teens among us.

Along with Dr. Miller, we are convening experts and authors spanning psychology, counseling, theology, ministry, and education to take stock of what kids and teens need from us. We will listen, learn and share what youngsters are facing right now, and set sights on collaborative solutions that bind our community together for their sake. The day features offerings from classroom educators, social scientists, school counselors, youth ministers, authors, and psychologists, together forming a rich helping network of which you can be a part. With our integrating efforts, we coalesce to see the whole child.

Symposium Schedule:

Sessions include:

Welcome | Sonia Azad, health and wellness reporter at WFAA Channel 8

Plenary Panel Discussion | Kids These Days: An Inter-professional Panel

Academic Achievement is lagging, mental health needs are climbing, and religious affiliation is low. Five professionals, each caring for the academic, social-emotional, and spiritual needs of kids and teens, discuss the unique needs facing the pandemic generations. The discussion will set the stage for the remainder of the day, highlighting challenges, observed institutional needs, and opportunities for inter-professional collaboration.

Panelist:

  • Carrie Davidson, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, Vice President for Clinical Services at The Center
  • Phillip Fabian, Senior Director Student Programs & Data Solutions at Commit Partnership
  • Cheryl Bishop, Director of Family Ministries at First United Methodist Richardson
  • Aaronda Smith, 2022 DISD Teacher of the Year Award Recipient
  • Nathaniel Strenger, Psy.D. Director of Clinical Advancement at The Center (moderator)


You will be asked to choose one breakout session when you register. Capacities are limited.

Breakout 1 |
Creating Supportive Communities to Help Families Recover from Child Loss and Child-Medical Trauma, Marisol De Jesus Perez, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist at The Center and Arnaldo A. Soto-Otero, M.Div., Global Mission Minister/Crisis Intervention Minister/Spanish Service Pastor, 121 Community Church

A licensed psychologist and a former pediatric hospital chaplain teach about the nuances of medical-related stress as it pertains both to kids and their families; obviously a relevant, albeit difficult, subject worthy of attention. With evidence-based eyes turned to both the psychological and spiritual issues related, these two presenters clarify the hope found in intentional social support and wholistic interventions. (TPA approved CEU)

Breakout 2 | The Mental Health and School Connection, Summer Martin, Ph.D., Director of Counseling Services, Richardson Independent School District

The Director of Counseling Services for RISD co-presents with one of the community’s gifted school counselors, discussing the crucial role mental health services play in the educational experience. The RISD counseling staff gives attendees an inside look into what kids and teens of the 2020s need, and how schools are set up to respond appropriately. (TPA approved CEU)

Breakout 3 | Staying Connected: Technology, Faith, and Mental Health, Jeremy Edge, LPC & Daniel Echols, LPC, Escapingthe.com Counseling Services

Two licensed mental health care providers, one a formerly ordained minister, team up to form a specialization in technology use, mental health, and faith. The presentation trains professionals to clearly identify problematic, disordered, and even healthy screen use. But it also does so with interesting attention paid to the role that faith and spirituality play in the lives of kids and teens too. (TPA approved CEU)

Breakout 4 | Gen-Alpha goes to Church: Ministry with and by Children, Robin Turner, D.Min., Director of Child Ministries at All Saints Church Dallas, Vice-Chair of the Board Children’s Spirituality Summit

Author, ministry director, and Vice-Chair to the national Children’s Spirituality Summit looks at the spiritual lives of Gen-Alpha, the youngest of us living through the 2020s. Considering social and spiritual development at a time like this, she looks ahead to the ways a generation might experience growth, religious affiliation, and ministry. (This session is not approved by TPA)


Keynote Address | The Spiritual Child; Science on the Opportunity for Mental Health and Wellness, Dr. Lisa Miller, Ph.D.

Drawing on the award-winning research that culminated in a New York Times bestselling book, Dr. Lisa Miller offers a unique look into the world of The Spiritual Child. Attending to the roles that faith, spirituality, and religion play in public life, she also teaches her audience the ways these experiences develop and evolve in the lives of kids and teens. Noting the observable role spirituality plays in youth mental health and education, she offers a number of ways we might better attend to the whole needs of the kids and teens among us. (TPA approved CEU)

Read more about Dr. Miller, HERE.


This OLOGY session is available to faith leaders, educators, and mental health care providers and all others interested in-person at First UMC Richardson, seating is limited. Registration is $85 per person.

3.5 CEUs provided to licensed clinical professionals*. Learning Objectives

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All sales are final, no refunds.

*Psychologists - This program is approved by the Texas Psychological Association for 3.5 professional development hours. See above for approved breakout sessions.

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