2017 – 2018 Psychotherapy Enrichment Program (PEP)

2017 – 2018 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 8:00 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 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2017

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

Sharon Kirsch, MA, LPC – Instructor

October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2017


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.


Attachment Focused Couple and Family Therapy*

Doug Pettinelli, PhD – Instructor

November 1, 8, 15, 29 and December 6, 2017

*12:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.


This course will focus on couple and family therapy. The course will be based on family systems theory, attachment theory and object relations theory.  Readings, video, discussion, and clinical examples will be used to explore and apply these concepts in work with couples and families.


Interpersonal Theory

Karen Gabriel, MA, LPC – Instructor

December 13, 20 and January 3, 2018


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.


Psychodynamic Psychopathology

Stephanie Whitney, MA, LPC, ATR-BC – Instructor

January 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 4, 2018


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.


Family and Faith of Origin and the Helping Professional

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

February 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2018


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

March 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2018


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.


Integration of Spirituality and Psychotherapy

Dale Kuhn, MA, MDiv, STM, LCSW & Amy Bertschausen, MDiv – Instructors

April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 2018


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