Other Forms of Healing

  • 11 Mar 2018
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Plymouth Meeting, PA (exact location to be emailed to registrants prior to event)
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Other Forms of Healing

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hallie Kushner, Ph.D., Brittany Policastro, and Caroline Grace Ashurt, M.Ac, Dipl.Ac.

Plymouth Meeting, PA

Many of our patients seek alternative paths to healing, both before and during their time in therapy. These might range from acupuncture or therapeutic massage, where there is a specific intent to "fix" a problem or heal pain, including emotional pain, to yoga, ranging from gym-based to explicitly spiritual. These concurrent forms of healing may be under-discussed in therapy, perhaps because one or both parties (patient and therapist) don't believe they are related or don't believe it would be welcome to bring up in the same category. The purpose of this panel is to bring together healers from several other traditions to understand better how ideas about sickness and health are communicated, sometimes with similar goals in mind. The panel will include a yoga teacher, an acupuncturist using the "Five Element" model associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine, and speaker from the PSPP community who will moderate and bring a psychoanalytic perspective to seeking alternative forms of healing.

Learning objectives:  After attending this program in full, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss 2-3 conceptions related to healing traditions across categories.
  2. Explain connections between psychoanalytic therapy and other models of healing that patients might be pursuing on their own.
  3. Assess when it is appropriate to refer psychotherapy patients to these other modes of therapy, and which alternative model might be a good "fit" for common psychological complaints.
Reference:  Forfylow, A.L. (2011). Integrating yoga with psychotherapy: A complementary treatment for anxiety and depression.  Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 45 (2), 132-150.

Hallie Kushner earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago's interdisciplinary Department of Comparative Human Development, where she was exposed to the twists and turns of overlapping, conflicting, or otherwise colliding theories about health and healing. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital. In addition to private practice, Kushner continues to work psychoanalytically with diverse patient populations at Drexel University College of Medicine's Center City Clinic.

Brittany Policastro is known as a Stevie Wonder-loving, truth-speaking change-agent who bagged law school to pursue a creative thirst. She is a writer, yoga teacher, transformation coach and the founder/director of Beyond Asana and runs her own coaching business which focuses on empowering Fiercely Feminine Powerhouses. She has been teaching creative and soul-stirring yoga classes for the past 12 years. She writes for the Huffington Post and her own blog- The Breakthrough Blog. Brittany loves dancing, food prepared with love, reading every night and is currently working on her first book.

Caroline Grace Ashurt, M.Ac, Dipl.Ac., founder of Restorative Harmony Acupuncture, is dedicated to health, helping to facilitate support, empowerment, and transformation. She received her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture at the Tai Sophia Institute in 2009, and currently practices in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. She treats a wide array of health issues including: Pain, Stress & Anxiety, Depression, Adrenal Fatigue, Sciatica, Allergies, Colds, Digestive Disorders, Auto-Immune Symptoms, headaches, and Injuries (Sprains, Breaks, etc.).

PSPP Brunch Series Registration

PSPP members and non-members alike may register online at the PSPP website, www.PSPP.org, by locating the brunch you would like to attend, clicking on ‘register’, and following the instructions.  Seating is limited and reservations will take place on a first come, first served basis. 

Please cancel your registration if you are unable to attend so that your space may become available to another participant. To cancel a registration, please contact Katy Cording, Psy.D. at kathryn.cording@gmail.com or 908-403-4956.

Registration is open to PSPP members and other interested mental health professionals, school employees, or scholars from related fields that are not members. These programs are intended for those with an intermediate and above level of knowledge and experience.

Brunch Times and Location

All brunches will be held as follows:

11:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.       Brunch

11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.          Presentation and Discussion


Registrants will receive an email confirmation containing specific directions to the location of the brunch for which they are registered. All brunches will be held in Philadelphia proper or the surrounding suburban areas.


PSPP Members:           Free

Non-Members:            $40 per brunch

Registration fees cover attendance to the workshop, 2 CEUs, and brunch.  Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. For paying non-members, refunds in full, less a $10 administrative fee, will be made with written request up to 24 hours before the program.

Continuing Education Credits

PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 2 continuing education credits. Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants. 

SOCIAL WORKERS AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive CEs from CE providers approved by the APA. Since Division 39 is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, these professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending PSPP/Division 39 approved programs.

Responsibility for Program Content

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Accessibility, Non-discrimination, and Ethics

PSPP and Division 39 are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and strive to conduct all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. Participants with special needs will be accommodated as possible.

If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this presentation, or if you have concerns about such issues as accessibility for persons with disabilities, distress with regard to program content, or other complaints, please contact Kelly Bassett, MEd at 646-510-1593. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be reasonably construed as conflict of interest. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content. 

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