Giving Voice to Experience

Twelfth Annual Giving Voice to Experience Conference

 March 8 and 9th, 2019


Theme : “The place of Spirituality and Religion in Psychotherapy and Situations of Crises.”

    Sponsored by the Graduate Psychology Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, the School of Theology and Ministry, and the Psychotherapy Cooperative

  • Friday, March 8th, 7 pm: Free Public lecture by Dr. Richard Katz, "Honoring Indigenous Healing Traditions"

  • Saturday, March 9th, 8:30 am -5:30 pm: 6 CEU Workshop, "Indigenous Healing Psychology",  click here to register

    Dr. Katz will also be giving a presentation on spirituality and healing during the workshop.  

    Note: Pre-registration required. Coffee breaks, lunch and wine and cheese reception at end of the day. There will be discounted rates for graduate students.


 Abstract Submission Directions for 2019 Giving Voice to Experience Conference:-


Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2019

Abstracts will be reviewed by February 1, 2019

All submissions will be evaluated by the conference planning committee (Marie McNabb, Helena Soholm, and Steen Halling). The abstracts should be about 200 words in length and include a brief biographical sketch of the author(s).Criteria for selection:

  1. The presentation has to be based on qualitative data.
  2. The abstract will also be evaluated on the basis of its coherence and clarity.
  3. The presentation should be related to the conference emphasis on connecting the Practice of Psychotherapy with Qualitative Research, but it does not have to be on psychotherapy per se. For example, a presentation on understanding the struggles of recent immigrants could well be relevant for psychotherapists.
  4. Submissions related to this year's theme are most welcome.
  5. Presentations that are primarily theoretical or based on clients’ cases will not be accepted.
  6. Presentations with multiple authors are welcome.
  7. The presentation should address both method and findings, but presenters are welcome to place the emphasis as they see fit.
  8. Briefly point to the therapeutic relevance of your research.
  9. Make sure you state your affiliation next to your name (e.g., graduate student in psychology at University of Connecticut).

For further information about the conference or to submit abstracts, please contact Professor Steen Halling:


About the Presenter:-

We are very excited that Dr. Katz will be present at the 2019 conference.

Richard Katz, PhD, received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Harvard University and taught there for nearly 20 years. Over the past 45 years, he has also lived and worked with Indigenous Elders and healers around the world — including the Ju/’hoansi of the Kalahari Desert, the Fijians of the South Pacific, and the Cree and Saulteaux First Nations of Saskatchewan. Richard is currently Professor Emeritus at the First Nations University of Canada and an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. His books include Boiling Energy: Community Healing among the Kalahari Kung, Healing makes our Hearts Happy, The Straight Path of the Spirit, and most recently, Indigenous Healing Psychology: Honoring the Wisdom of First Peoples (2017). This book will be for sale at the lecture.

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