Continuing Education Workshop

Spirituality & Counseling: "He Restores My Soul"


Attendees are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship if they enroll as new graduate students at FHU in 2016.

NOVEMBER 13, 2015 8:30 AM - 12:05 PM

This Continuing Education Workshop will provide counselors, ministers, and other helping professionals with conceptual models and practical strategies for integrating the resources of Judeo-Christian spirituality into mental health counseling.

This workshop explores the important connection between the soul and mind, linking spirituality’s role in counseling and psychology.

Registration is available online, or on-location at the event.

This FREE opportunity will allow counselors, social workers, ministers and others in the helping professions to earn three continuing education credit hours for their respective licenses.



Spirituality is a key dimension in persons' sense of well-being and mental health. One's understanding of God (i.e., God-image) and perception of self-in-relationship with that higher power are important factors in fostering hope and comfort in counseling, both in secular and pastoral contexts.

This workshop, presented by Dr. Jesse Robertson and Dr. Ryan Fraser, will focus on the connection between theology and psychology as it pertains to the Christian worldview. Sessions will address ways spirituality is linked to mental health, will highlight how the Old Testament Psalms serve as a valuable resource in fostering authentic hope, as well as the significance of "God-talk" in the counseling process.

Practical exercises and thought-provoking group discussion will engage workshop participants in an active and enlightening manner. This event will be tailored to those working in the mental health fields as well as to ministers who provide pastoral care and counseling.


By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the psycho-spiritual linkage between spirituality and mental health in an integrated, analytical manner as it relates to Judeo-Christian religious population subgroups.
  • Recognize the typical narrative structure of psalms of lament and of thanksgiving, and to relate the content of these two types of psalms to common issues arising in behavioral health.
  • Explain how to guide clients in reading/praying/writing psalms of lament or thanksgiving for therapeutic purposes.


SCHEDULE (Tentative)

Registration / Coffee and Refreshments
8:30am   Welcome and Introductions
  The Linkage Between Spirituality and Mental Health
  Break / Refreshments
10:15am   How the Psalms Speak to the Human Condition
11:00am   Break / Refreshments
  God-Talk in Counseling: Perspectives, Problems and Potential



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Dr. Ryan Fraser
Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Ryan Fraser is an Assistant Professor in Counseling at FHU in his 10th year of teaching. Dr. Fraser holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling from Brite Divinity School (Texas Christian University), an M.Div. from Abilene Christian University, and a M.Min. and B.A. in Bible from FHU. Dr. Fraser is a Certified Pastoral Counselor with AAPC and is in private practice. He also serves as the pulpit minister for Bethel Springs Church of Christ in McNairy County, TN.

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Dr. Jesse Robertson
Dean of Graduate Studies and Outreach

Dr. Jesse Robertson currently serves as the Dean of Graduate Programs at Freed-Hardeman University. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Baylor University (2011), an M.Div. with an Old Testament emphasis from Harding Graduate School of Religion, and a B.A. in Bible from FHU. Dr. Robertson in married with three children and has served churches in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas. He is presently one of the pulpit ministers at Estes Church of Christ, in Henderson, TN.

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Graduate Studies in Behavioral Sciences

Freed-Hardeman Univeristy
158 East Main Street
Henderson, TN 38340

Phone: 731-989-6638


The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program of Freed-Hardeman University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 3046. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program of Freed-Hardeman University is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Participants will be able to receive 3 clock hours of continuing education for this program.