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Spiritual Bypass (MDT) (14/01/2020)

14th January @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Designed and facilitated by Karin Horowitz

Spiritual bypass is ‘a tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks’.   It was identified and defined by the psychologist John Welwood in the 1980s.  Anyone on a spiritual path may encounter this hazard and will benefit from being aware of the tendency in themselves and others.  This workshop will introduce you to the signs and effects of spiritual bypassing and give you greater awareness and skill at identifying and addressing it in self and others.

There are relatively few research studies conducted on spiritual bypass.  This workshop reviews the existing material to consider the following questions and topics:

  • What is spiritual bypass?

  • What does it look like?

  • Christianity and spiritual bypass

  • Spiritual bypass from the inside – What can we learn from those who have experienced it?

  • Supporting those experiencing spiritual bypass – the role of Ministry

  • Reflections and review

The facilitator, Karin Horowitz is a Leadership and Well-being consultant, facilitator and coach who has worked with groups and individuals since 1991 assisting with their development.  She currently works with ministry in the Dioceses of St Albans and Ely, providing coaching and work consultancy, assisting with team development and leadership development, and facilitating action learning groups.  She also works with head teachers across Cambridgeshire, Luton, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, including the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust.  Her work in schools includes facilitating well-being, resilience, leadership and team development programmes.  Karin is an experienced practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and runs programmes to deepen the awareness of clergy to the potential of the MBTI in their spiritual and secular lives. 

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