2016 – 2017 Psychotherapy Enrichment Program (PEP)

2016 – 2017 Psychotherapy Enrichment Program (PEP) 


The PEP is a post-graduate program designed to enhance formation and augment clinical practice of counselors and psychotherapists from an integrated psychodynamic/spiritual framework.  All or part of the program may be taken throughout the year.  The format of the classes is lecture, reading and discussion.  Courses of the PEP may be taken individually.  The complete curriculum may be taken to receive a certificate.  Continuing Education Hours are available to participants if requested.  All classes are held at Care and Counseling, 12141 Ladue Road, St. Louis, Mo., 63141 from 8 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on Wednesdays (unless otherwise noted).


Care and Counseling has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP), ACEP No. 5706.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Care and Counseling is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Click on the orange PEP title below to register:


Nuts & Bolts of Being a Therapist

Ronald Scott, PhD – Instructor

September 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2016

Fee: $200

This course will focus on what it is like to be a therapist.  We will discuss the fundamentals and framework of working with a client in psychotherapy: supportive vs. insight approaches; assessment, diagnosis, and treatment goals; stages of therapy; interpretations, transference and counter-transference; and written documentation.


Psychodynamic Theory: Drive, Ego, Self and Object Relations

N. Ryan Wilson, MEd, LPC– Instructor

October 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2016


Grounding one’s psychotherapeutic work in psychodynamic theory provides a base for understanding one’s clients.  The main emphasis in this class will be on object relations and self psychology.


Psychodynamic Psychopathology

N. Ryan Wilson, MEd, LPC – Instructor

November 2, 9, 16, 30 and December 7 and 14, 2016


Sessions focus on personality structure and development, making a distinction between the medical model of descriptive diagnosis and the characterological approach found within Psychodynamic theory.  Readings, case examples, and class discussions will emphasize levels of character organization, defense processes, selected personalities, as well as a psychodynamic view of addiction.


Interpersonal Theory

Karen Gabriel, MA, LPC – Instructor

January 4 and 11, 2017


We will introduce some recent developmental research and theory which is helping to propel the movement from one-person to two-person psychoanalytic theory and practice.  The focus of treatment becomes one of process rather than product and involves the therapist developing and drawing the patient into a collaborative inquiry between self and other.


Family and Faith of Origin and the Helping Professional

Dale Kuhn, MA, MDiv, STM, LCSW – Instructor

January 25, February 1, 8 and 15, 2017


An exploration of the dynamics and history of family and faith patterns will help the professional helper respond more effectively to clients, congregants and others seeking our help.  Theorists Bowen and Friedman used in readings and discussion.  Sessions explore family of origin themes and impact on self and other perceptions and impact on professional work.

*Due to instructor’s schedule there is no class on January 18th. The fourth Family and Faith of Origin class will immediately follow the first Therapist and Client Relationship class on February 15th.


Therapist and Client Relationship

Brooke Justis, MSW, LCSW – Instructor

February 15, 22 and March 1, and 8, 2017


Explore the complex dynamics of the therapist and client relationship and its impact both on the client and the therapist.  Class focus: the use of self in therapy, the alliance, transference/countertransference, the initial and ongoing relationship in psychotherapy.


Object Relations and Family Therapy

Jean Caine, MSW, LCSW – Instructor

March 15, 22, 29 and April 5 and 12, 2017


This course will focus on object relations and family systems theory in the practice of individual, couple, and family therapy.  Readings, discussion, and clinical examples will be used to explore and apply these concepts in work with children, adolescents, and adults.


Integration of Spirituality and Psychotherapy

Dale Kuhn, MA, MDiv, STM, LCSW & Carole Myre, MEd, LPC – Instructors

April 19, 26, and May 3 and 10, 2017


The interface between psychotherapy and spirituality will be the focus. Suitable to the experienced and new therapist, we will consider current writing in the field of pastoral counseling, spirituality and psychology together with illustrative case material.  Areas to be addressed:

  • How religious practice helps and hurts
  • Working with spiritual resources that are natural to the client
  • The spiritual life of the therapist
  • Conducting a spiritual assessment
  • Integrating spiritual resources with sound therapeutic practice