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Pilgrimage: Psychological Narratives and Journey in Light of a Story is a Course

Pilgrimage: Psychological Narratives and Journey in Light of a Story

Started Apr 22, 2021

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Full course description

Thursday, April 22nd, 7-8 pm (EST)-- Fully Online Lecture

Eligible for 1 CEs for LMHCs, Psychologists, and Social Workers

Discounts available for current Boston College students, faculty, and staff, email for more information. 


This event is free to the public, please use the promotional code ETHICSERIES12 to register at no cost.

This event is $25 for practitioners seeking CEs for this lecture. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and can not be adjusted at a later time. 


What does the idea of ‘pilgrimage’ have to offer as a pattern of lived experiences? How do narratives affect the spiritual aspects and whole of the bio-psychosocial-spiritual model? How does this pattern open up narratives for crisis, change, and meaning?

In this Psychological Humanities and Ethics lecture, Elie will discuss pilgrimage, its resonances in contemporary life – in religion and psychology -- and its application to psychological experiences. For the four protagonists of Paul Elie’s prizewinning book The Life You Save May Be Your Own – Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Walker Percy, and Flannery O’Connor -- pilgrimage is a pattern of experience and the interior life.  Drawing on their lives and their writing, Elie has identified a “pattern of pilgrimage” that applies to us in our own lives – and that draws on motifs from American and European history, Christian and Muslim traditions, and rich motifs of the sacred journey and journey of towards meaning.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the pattern of “pilgrimage” - as it applies to the interior life and psychological experiences 
  2. Analyze the context and lineage of pilgrimage - as connections to culture, history, and environmental contexts 

Timeline and Requirements:

The course will take place on April 22nd, 2021.  This lecture is instructor-led and is a fully online experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via (Zoom) from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm (EST).

CE Sponsorship: 

University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content." Participants will be eligible to receive 1 CE units from University Counseling Services of Boston College. 

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). Participants will be eligible to receive 1 CE unit. These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).

The Boston College School of Social Work is providing CEUs for Licensed Social Workers. This program has been approved for 1.0 CEU Social Work Continuing Education hour for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College School of Social Work Authorization Number A012.21.

Participants must attend the workshop in full and complete the post event survey to be eligible to receive CEs. Please note, watching the recording is not a valid form of attendance.

This lecture does not offer CEs for other clinicians not listed above. 

Fees & Policies:

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes April 22nd at 5pm. Refunds will be granted only up until registration closes at 5pm on April 22nd. No refunds will be granted for registration or technical errors on the participant's part (such as incorrect name/email, login failure, etc.).

Additional offerings from the Lynch School Professional & Continuing Education Office can be found on our website