Events

Events and Workshops

The Ecumenical Center collaborates with many organizations to provide quality, educational workshops designed to strengthen the community’s care providers. Our Speakers Series is generously underwritten by Methodist Healthcare Ministries.

Special Events Series

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Mental Health Provider Workshops

Help Them Quit: Motivational Interviewing & Addiction

Help Them Quit: Motivational Interviewing & Addiction provides an introduction to the Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based approach to conversations about change inherent in addiction work.

Trauma: What Our Brain, Nervous System, and Survivors Tell Us Matters Most

This workshop is part one of a two part workshop that will provide participants with a framework for systematically and safely approaching the helping of trauma survivors by moving from the least intrusive to the more internally focused, trauma – sensitive, evidence based interventions.

Trauma Regulated Reintegration and Resilience Practices

This workshop is part two of a two part workshop that will provide participants first-hand experiences with trauma informed practice strategies in order to appreciate their value for clients and whether these are practices they wish to integrate into their intervention processes and/or pursue with additional training.

Clergy Leadership Series

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Community

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Health

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Therapy & Spirituality? Getting Comfortable Discussing Questions of Faith

This workshop will explore the spiritual competencies endorsed by the American Counseling Association (ACA) and their real-world application.

Trauma Regulated Reintegration and Resilience Practices

This workshop is part two of a two part workshop that will provide participants first-hand experiences with trauma informed practice strategies in order to appreciate their value for clients and whether these are practices they wish to integrate into their intervention processes and/or pursue with additional training.

Trauma: What Our Brain, Nervous System, and Survivors Tell Us Matters Most

This workshop is part one of a two part workshop that will provide participants with a framework for systematically and safely approaching the helping of trauma survivors by moving from the least intrusive to the more internally focused, trauma – sensitive, evidence based interventions.

Zombie Apocalypse – Understanding the “UnDead” Archetype and Its Importance to Our Culture

In this workshop, we will delve into a persistent and somewhat bizarre message from the collective unconscious.

Help Them Quit: Motivational Interviewing & Addiction

Help Them Quit: Motivational Interviewing & Addiction provides an introduction to the Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based approach to conversations about change inherent in addiction work.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

This experiential workshop will introduce participants to the research-supported orientation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Aggression in Our Schools – Art-making Tasks for Transforming a Destructive Force into Energy for Positive Change

In this extended workshop, we will explore art-making experiences that can help transform a hostile environment into an energetic atmosphere for creative change.

Guiding Gifted Children Toward Achievement, Fulfillment and Contribution

Gifted children often have intense emotions to match their strong abilities. This presentation will give counselors tools for guiding parents and teachers so that they in turn can help gifted children achieve to their potential and contribute to their community.

ENCORE PRESENTATION ~ The Rest of the Story: What they didn’t teach you in graduate school

This program will provide an overview and discussion of state and federal laws, rules and regulations that govern the practice of a mental health professional.  The presentation will discuss Texas confidentiality statutes, the privacy regulations under the federal Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act (HIPAA) and recent amendments to Texas Family Code, Chapter 107 regarding … Continued

2017 Ethics in Business Luncheon

A decade ago, The Ecumenical Center embarked on a program to increase and encourage the growth of an extraordinary ethical business community in San Antonio.

Renewal, Growth & Transformation

This experiential workshop will explore psychological growth as a cycle.

Being Wise as Serpents and Gentle as Doves: A Conversation about Congregational Safety

Rev. Jon Black recalls the experiences of South Carolina’s Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church, which he leads, in the aftermath of the Charleston Emanuel A.M.E. Massacre. The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, slain by Dylann Roof at Emanuel, was a former pastor of Campbell Chapel and mentor to Rev. Black.

13 Hours – Benghazi with Kris “Tanto” Paronto

Join us Tuesday, February 28th from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at The Center as US veteran, Kris “Tanto” Paronto sets the record straight about what happened when terrorists attacked the US State Department Mission compound.

Play Therapy with Military Families: Understanding Culture, Lifestyle and Resiliency

This presentation will provide an overview of the multi-cultural aspects of counseling with the military population and discuss common issues in this group.

Building Community & Making Connections through Art Therapy

In this workshop, you will learn several art techniques that will enrich relationships through a stronger sense of connection & set the stage for energetic healthy change!

Chaplains for Justice and Clinical Pastoral Education Course

If you’re a chaplain or approved candidate with a police department, sheriff’s office or other law enforcement agency, no one is better positioned than you to be a positive link between law enforcement and the community at large.

Memorial Art for Grief and Loss

This workshop will introduce counselors to Art Therapy interventions designed to help clients working through grief and loss.

Open Art Studio

Don’t miss this wonderful time to be in a peaceful and supportive space as you make art with free supplies!

The Ten Commandments: At the center of spiritual understanding

Join The Ecumenical Center for a special luncheon focusing on the Ten Commandments from a Judeo-Christian perspective.

Body Oriented Play Therapy

Body-centered techniques are effective for traumatized children and those with impulsivity and attention issues.

Open Art Studio

Don’t miss this wonderful time to be in a peaceful and supportive space as you make art with free supplies!

Conversations About Ethics: Ethical Issues in Palliative Care – Skilled Conversations About Palliative Care Lunchtime Workshop

As people live longer with chronic illness, the issues surrounding palliative care grows. Skilled and successful conversations are critical in order to fully understand the context of a patient’s illness in a way that permits ethical decision-making.

Conversations About Ethics: Ethical Issues In Palliative Care – Transforming Health Care for an Aging Society Evening Keynote

Keynote Speaker: Diane Meier, MD, FACP   Palliative care focuses on enhancing quality of life — through relief of symptoms, pain and stress — for those experiencing one or more serious chronic illness, and it also ensure that families and other caregivers get the support they need. This is increasingly important as more people are … Continued

“BOO!” The Healing Power of Monsters, Mad Scientists, and Evil Queens

In this workshop you will be introduced to the value of shadow work within the play of children.

Transforming Difficult Thinking

This workshop will be held in conjunction with a special appearance and conversation with Mariel Hemingway.

Legacy Of Hope – 2016

Mariel Hemingway. Ernest Hemingway’s granddaughter. Academy Award nominee. Prolific author. Mariel talks about how she survived and thrived despite her family’s struggle with mental illness, alcohol, suicide and abuse.

Day of Mindfulness: Transforming Difficult Thinking

This daylong will explore how we can use mindfulness to transform difficult thinking.

Open Art Studio

Don’t miss this wonderful time to be in a peaceful and supportive space as you make art with free supplies!

Art Heals Hearts Annual Art, Music and Poetry Exhibition

You are invited to attend our annual art, music and poetry exhibition benefitting The Ecumenical Center’s Children’s Open Art Studio and programs.

Pathways to Hope

Breaking the stigma of mental illness

Mindfulness Interventions for Treating Anxiety and Depression

Explore evidence for using mindfulness techniques to treat anxiety and depression.

The Art of Perception: Rethinking How We See

The Art of Perception, an innovative professional development program, teaches participants to view and analyze works of art as a vehicle to enhance their observation, perception, and communication skills.

Including communities in promoting mental health in ways that honor principles of self-determination, benefit, justice and equity

Participants in the workshop will become familiar with the specific role promotores have not only in helping other individuals but also in improving community conditions, fighting for social justice and equity to create environments for children and adults can grow up with safety, emotional wellness and opportunities to thrive.

The Promotor Model: the ethical imperative to include patients in improving individual and community health

Dr. Bracho will share how promotoras are trained to deliver quality services to assure benefits to the community and to be aware of their boundaries not only with other health care providers but also in the interactions with the individuals they are helping.

If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It: A Review of Ethics, Rules and Best Practices for the Mental Health and Play Therapy Professionals

This program will provide an overview and discussion of state and federal laws, rules and regulations that govern the practice of a mental health professional.

Open Art Studio

with Vicki Williams Patterson

Alamo Counselors Workshop

Presented by The Center’s counselors and staff.

Second Saturday Poetry Circle

with Cyra Dumitru

Art Therapy Training Series – Box it Up!

by Vicki Williams Patterson at The Ecumenical Center

Making Scarves with Ms. Gini Garcia

at The Ecumenical Center

Family Holidays Open House

at The Ecumenical Center

Adopt A Family

at The Ecumenical Center

Open Art Studio

with Vicki Williams Patterson at The Ecumenical Center

Grief and the Holidays

at The Ecumenical Center

Second Saturday Poetry Circle

with Cyra Dumitru

Neurobiology of Play Therapy: How To Improve Our Practice Through Science

Over the past two decades, research has clearly documented the vulnerability of the developing brain and the negative impact of social and emotional trauma on brain functioning.

Child Therapy Training Program – Neurobiology of Play Therapy

with Rick Gaskill at The Ecumenical Center November 12th – 13th

Veteran’s Day Celebration

at The Ecumenical Center

Complicated Grief with M. Katherine Shear, MD

Please watch this space for more details as they become available.

National Speaker Series – Intro to Grief Treatment

by Katherine Shear at The Ecumenical Center

Open Art Studio

with Vicki Williams Patterson at The Ecumenical Center

Hardendale Counselors Workshop

Presented by The Ecumenical Center counselors and staff.

Life After Loss 6 Week Bereavement Group

at The Ecumenical Center October 1st – November 5th

Legacy Of Hope Luncheon

Elizabeth Smart was just 14 years old when she was kidnapped at knifepoint. What followed was a brutal, traumatic 9 month nightmare. Elizabeth Smart will talk about how she survived and her secret to forging a new life. Join us on September 30th at the San Antonio Country Club.

National Speaker Series – Express Yourself!

by Vicki Williams Patterson at The Ecumenical Center

Open Arts Studio

with Vicki Williams Patterson

Life After Loss Facilitator Training

at The Ecumenical Center

Art Heals Hearts Public Reception

at The Ecumenical Center

Art Heals Hearts VIP Reception & Sale

at The Ecumenical Center

Open Art Studio

with Vicki Williams Patterson

National Speaker Series – Treating Complex Trauma

by Christine A. Courtois at The Ecumenical Center

Writing Experience with Poetic Medicine Practitioner

at The Ecumenical Center.

Open Art Studio

with Vicki Williams Patterson at The Ecumenical Center.

Writing Experience with Poetic Medicine Practitioner

at The Ecumenical Center July 22nd and 29th

Art Therapy Training Series – Adventures in 3D

with Play doh, model magic, wet sand, wood assembling and Legos by Vicki Williams Patterson at The Ecumenical Center.

Open Art Studio

with Vicki Williams Patterson at The Ecumenical Center.

Writing Experience with a Poetic Medicine Practitioner

at The Ecumenical Center June 10th, 17th and 24th

API 3 Day Workshop – Attached Parenting

at The Ecumenical Center June 4th – 6th

Open Art Studio

with Vicki Williams Patterson

Ethics in Business Luncheon

at the San Antonio Country Club

Art Therapy Training Series – Dream!

by Vicki Williams Patterson at The Ecumenical Center

Open Art Studio

with Vicki Williams Patterson at The Ecumenical Center

Life After Loss Bereavement Support Group

April 16th – May 21st

Open Art Studio

with Vicki Williams Patterson at The Ecumenical Center.

Advanced Sandtray Therapy

Understanding a Variety of Therapeutic Uses in Play Therapy

Child Therapy Training Session – Sand Tray Workshop

with Linda Homeyer at The Ecumenical Center. March 26th and 27th.

Art Therapy Training Series – Make Magic!

by Vicki Williams Paterson

Open Art Studio

With Vicki Williams Patterson at The Ecumenical Center

Ethics in Practice

Kenda Dalrymple returns! More details to come!…

Ethics and Legal

with Kendra Drumryl at The Ecumenical Center

Baptist Hospital Chaplain’s Meeting

at The Ecumenical Center

Life After Loss Network Luncheon

at The Ecumenical Center

Open Art Studios

With Vicki Williams Patterson at The Ecumenical Center.

NISD Counselors Workshop

Workshop presented by The Ecumenical Center counselors and staff

Clergy Workshop

with Rev. George Mason

Love in the Time of Ebola: How faith and science can come together to dispel fear and bring about healing

Please join us for a working lunch at The Center with Rev. Dr. George Mason, senior pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Mason will be presenting on lessons learned from a brush with Ebola and serving as the face of faith at the heart of a crisis. He will be followed by a … Continued

Working in the dark, Finding the light

How making art can illuminate confusing and chaotic clinical situations for art, play and verbal therapists.

Art Therapy Training Series

Working in the dark, finding the light

Art Heals Hearts

Celebrating the power of art to facilitate healing and impact lives. Exhibit opening September 11, 2014.