Embracing Vulnerability:  Guidelines for a Contemplative Clinical Practice
Carolyn Jacobs, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Contemplative practices have been defined as inviting an openness that can move one from perceived and real vulnerabilities to acknowledging resilience, strength and opportunities for transformation. They have the potential to bring different aspects of oneself into focus, to lead one to resources for healing; to help develop compassion; and to awaken an awareness of the interconnectedness of all life. They may be rooted in western and eastern religious traditions or non religious traditions.

From a study of spirituality and clinical practice, and the experiences of participants in a contemplative clinical practice post-master’s certificate program, guidelines will be suggested for enhancing one’s contemplative clinical practice. This course will explore ways that contemplative practices may be engaged by the professional to transform one’s inner and outer responses in our professional relationships with clients. Issues of ethics and use of consultation will be examined.