A shift in our mission

WPPSC was first formed in order to promote conversation on the role of spirituality in mental health, and to subsidize the cost of counseling for persons who could not afford it. The board’s original intention was keep things simple by not actually hiring clinicians to work for WPPSC. However, as we’ve become increasingly aware of the limited options in Waco for counseling and social work internships, the board has shifted this policy. Interns in the area of social work are required to work for an organization, as opposed to within a private practice. In January of 2013 the board approved my recommendation that WPPSC be allowed to hire interns to provide services which meet our mission, provided they have proper supervisory relationships related to their fields.

Although this adds a bit of complication to WPPSC’s bookkeeping, we have our own CPA board member, Lisa Hull, who has already provided guidelines for this shift, and has agreed to oversee the implementation.

The board and I are very confident that WPPSC is going to be extending it’s work significantly thanks to this shift in policy.

We remain grateful to all of you who have been supporting this work since it’s inception.


Spring Conference: Borderline Personality Disorder

Holistic Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder:

An Exploration of the Latest Psychological, Spiritual,
Family, and Medical Considerations

Friday, March 9, 2011

Hillcrest Hospital Auditorium

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With a lifetime prevalence rate of almost 6%, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is an important public health issue that impacts countless lives throughout Texas. This one-day conference will provide an overview of current research about BPD as well as supporting evidence-based treatments for this severe mental illness.

We are honored to have Karyn Hall, PhD join us as our keynote speaker. Dr. Hall is the director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Center in Houston, Texas, and is an adviser, consultant, and trainer with Treatment Implementation Collaborative, LLC. Trained as a child psychologist, she specializes in the prevention and treatment of emotional disorders.

She is also the co-author of The Power of Validation: Arming Your Child Against Bullying, Peer Pressure, Addiction, Self-Harm, and Out-of-Control Emotions (New Harbinger, 2011).

The conference is open to mental health professionals, individuals diagnosed with BPD, their families, clergy, and students.

Licensed mental health professionals will may apply to receive 7 continuing education credit hours.


Mental Health Professionals: $99
($79 early registration until February 1)
Includes 7 CEUs

Individuals diagnosed with BPD, family members, students, and clergy. $59
($39 early registration until February 1)

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7:15-7:50 am       Registration

8:00-9:00 am       Session 1
Let’s Talk about Elephants: The Power of Validation for the Individual with BPD. Karyn Hall, PhD

9:00-10:00 am        Session 2
Helping Patients Explore Spiritual Meaning in the Midst of Emptiness. Wes Eades, PhD

10:00-10:15 am        Break

10:15-11:15 am        Session 3
Family Education Benefits Everyone: A Parent’s Journey. Carl Dunn

11:15-12:15 pm        Session 4
What You Need to Know about Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Alina Gorgorian, PhD

12:15-1:30 pm        Lunch (provided)

1:30-2:30 pm        Session 5
My BPD Recovery Path: Healing With Heart. Teresa DiGregorio

2:30-3:30 pm        Session 6
Providing Important Information: Psychoeducation for BPD and Self-Injury. Kathleen Geiger, LPC

3:30-3:45 pm        Break

3:45-4:30 pm        Panel Discussion

4:30 pm        Evaluations

The conference fee includes morning coffee, lunch, and educational materials.

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Waco Partnership for Psychological and Spiritual Care
Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center Department of Pastoral Care
Hope for BPD
Clearview Women’s Center

Anxiety, Depression, and the Spiritual Journey slides and audio available

Thursday evening, June 18, over 50 people gathered at the St. Albans Community Outreach Center for this presentation.   I want to express my appreciation to the WPPSC Board and to all who attended for creating a very energizing evening! 

The audio and slides are now availabe HERE.  You can get the basic points by scanning the slides.  The audio offers more detail.  (I’ve noticed that when I first click play that the audio starts, but then stops after a few seconds.  When I click play again, it then plays the entire presentation.)

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