Self-care as a Spiritual Practice: A Holistic Perspective and Approach

June 25, 2017 - June 28, 2017

A Spiritual Formation Elective


Lynn Holden, Licensed Professional Counselor and Spiritual Director


We take care of the things we love, and Jesus teaches us to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Join in this comprehensive conversation about the complexity and necessity of self-care. At the conclusion of the class, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify and engage with familial, theological and cultural messages that support or are not supportive of self-care.
  2. Recognize personal patterns from a variety of perspectives and approach those patterns with curiosity.
  3. Reflect on themes of willingness, willfulness, addiction, and freedom as they present themselves in daily life and relate to self-care.
  4. Articulate a basic understanding of neuroscience and the role of spiritual, behavioral, cognitive, and relational practices in the experience of formation and re-formation of the brain.
  5. Utilize a variety of tools and strategies for sustainable self-care.
  6. Discuss ethical implications of self-care.

This class is open to all regardless of their participation in the Spiritual Formation Certificate Program. If you are interested in learning more about the certificate program, please let us know and our office will be happy to send you details ([email protected]).

Schedule / Location / Lodging / CEs

  • June 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – June 28, 2017, 12:15 p.m.  A schedule for the class can be downloaded HERE.
  • This class will be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Directions to the Seminary.
  • Limited lodging is available on campus. Reservations can be made by contacting our Reception Office at [email protected] or 412-924-1397.
  • We anticipate that CEs will be available for licensed social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors.
  • Registration for this course is $375. This fee covers refreshment breaks, Monday lunch, and Tuesday lunch and dinner; all other meals and lodging are the student’s responsibility.