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  • Wednesday, June 8, 15, 22, 29 (live online session 7-8:30 pm ET)

Course Title

Soulfulness, Culture, and Liberation in Mind-Body Practices “Live Online”

Course Description

This course will introduce “soulfulness” as an orientation to mindbody practice that centers contact with our deep, interconnected, and embodied inner aliveness as a healing resource. The soulfulness approach is particularly inspired by the culture, wisdom, and spirituality of African and the African diaspora. Cultural dimensions of mindbody practice will be explored with special attention given to mindfulness. The principles and domains of the SOUL-centered (Soulfulness-Oriented, Unitive, Liberatory) practice framework will be presented and key practices will be demonstrated. 

Soulfulness has particular value for healing, resilience, and liberation in the context of racial and oppression-related trauma. Strategies for using the SOUL-centered approach for addressing the 5 D’s of oppression (disconnection, dehumanization, destruction, delusion, and disempowerment) will be offered. This approach may be particularly resonant with BIPOC populations, as well as others who experience intersectional oppression. While the soulfulness orientation was developed centering diasporic African cultural elements and the experience of oppression, healing principles relevant to our shared humanity and human suffering are embedded in the approach. This course is appropriate for health and wellness professionals, as well as those seeking to expand and enrich their personal practices.

Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

The Details

When: Wednesday, June 8, 15, 22, 29  (live online session 7-8:30 pm ET) 

Where: Live Online

Cost: Students must register for the Soulfullness course for $149. There is an additional $65 for 6 CE

Faculty: Dr. Shelly P. Harrell

Learning Objectives

At the end of the program, participants will be better able to…

  • Describe the soulfulness approach to mindbody practice with attention to the characteristics that would make a practice “soulfulness-oriented”.
  • Explain the centrality of interconnectedness in a soulfulness orientation.
  • Identify the principles and practice domains in the SOUL-Centered Practice (SCP) framework.
  • Discuss how soulfulness is a liberatory practice relevant to healing racial trauma.
  • Describe the 5 Ds of oppression and associated soulfulness-oriented healing processes.
  • Describe the soulfulness approach to teaching mindfulness.
  • Describe the ways that culture and cultural expressions are considered in soulfulness practice.
  • Identify at least 3 specific soulfulness practices. 

6 CE Credits

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals 

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain this document for 4 years after the course concludes. 
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact, contact Casie at Embodied Philosophy at casie@embodiedphilosophy.com.  For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at info@spiritualcompetencyacademy.com.

About Shelly P. Harrell

Dr. Shelly Harrell is a Professor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and Director of the Culture, Wisdom, and Resilience Lab. Her current work focuses on developing culturally-responsive, “soulfulness”-oriented interventions that utilize contemplative practices (meditation, mindfulness) and cultural expressions of wisdom (quotes, poetry, music) to facilitate resilience and liberation– internally, relationally, and collectively. She has published and presented extensively on sociocultural and sociopolitical aspects of stress, racism and well-being, cultural competence, and Black mental health. Dr. Harrell is a practicing psychotherapist, certified meditation teacher, and has conducted workshops and trainings for numerous educational, social service, health care, and professional organizations.

$65.00one-time payment

  • 6 CEs
    Studnets must first Register for the Soulfulness Course. Once you register for CEs you will receive an email with further instructions. If you don’t receive the email with 30 minutes please contact hello@embodiedphilosophy.com.
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