CANCELED: Enrich Day Retreat: Knowing Ourselves, Refining our Purpose

CANCELED: Enrich Day Retreat: Knowing Ourselves, Refining our Purpose
Date Saturday, April 28, 2018
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. PT
Location Bethel Seminary San Diego
Instructions for GuestsView a map and directions to Bethel Seminary San Diego, 6116 Arosa St, San Diego, CA 92115. There is ample parking available in the church lot across the street from the seminary.
Cost$45 including lunch ($30 for interns/students)
RegistrationThis event is CANCELED.
SponsorsBethel Seminary San Diego's Marital and Family Therapy/Mental Health Counseling (MFT/MHC) Alumni Committee

Event Description

We regularly sit with and support others, but how often do we sit with ourselves? On this one-day retreat, through various workshops, breakout sessions, and reflection opportunities, we will take time to learn more about ourselves and our purpose as helping professionals--for the sake of better serving those around us. Guests will have the option of choosing between four workshop sessions, attending one in the morning and one in the afternoon. See the speaker biographies and session information below.

All Bethel alumni, students, and interns are welcome.

Special offer! CEUs will be offered at $15 for four CEU hours.


8:30 a.m. | Check-in
9 a.m. | Opening session
10:15 a.m. | Workshop session 1
11:30 a.m. | Lunch
12:30 p.m. | Workshop session 2
2 p.m. | Closing session

Speaker Biographies and Workshop Details

Opening and Closing Session | Minoa Chang, Ph.D., M.D., LMFT

Speaker Bio: Dr. Minoa Chang is an associate professor of the Marital and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling programs at Bethel Seminary. Minoa has been a therapist for a decade and a half and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California. She works mainly with adults, and her areas of emphasis are life transitions (e.g., grief, relocation, change in careers, divorce, etc.), cultural issues (e.g., acculturation, marriage with someone of different background), spiritual issues, and chronic mental illness. Minoa offers her services in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Her areas of expertise include psychotherapy, chronic mental illness, grief/bereavement, spiritual/religious issues, and cultural/acculturation issues. Clinical supervision: clinicians working with children, adults, families and group therapy; serving clients with mental illness and survivors of trauma; with a special interest in minority populations.

Workshop 1: The Paradox of Imago Dei and Depravity: Implications for the Self of the Therapist
Dan Kim S'09, LMFT

Overview: The Christian psychotherapist operates within two realities. Our worldview is informed not only by clinical theory, but by Scripture-both of which speak directly into the nature of human brokenness, sin, change, growth, healing, and wholeness. Due to this, the integration of theory and theology is not merely a meaningful endeavor, but a responsibility. A large aspect of "self of the therapist" work is the development of internal integrity and congruity within our belief systems and worldview, which inevitably impacts both our spiritual growth and clinical effectiveness.

In our journey as Christian psychotherapists, the continual development of a personal "clinical theology" hinges on our ability to integrate the paradoxes of imago Dei and human depravity into our understandings of theory and clinical practice. The purpose of this talk is to highlight the two central understandings of human nature from Scripture-the imago Dei (image of God) and human depravity-and discuss the importance of these "pillar" concepts to the process of theory-theology integration.

Speaker Bio: Dan serves as a licensed marriage and family therapist at Potentia Therapy in San Diego where he works with individuals, couples, and families. His clinical focus areas are men's issues, trauma, self-worth, addictions/compulsions, marital issues, and grief and loss. Dan also serves at Chinese Evangelical Church of San Diego where he focuses on spiritual formation, discipleship, and small group leadership. He also is an adjunct professor at Bethel Seminary for the Marital and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling programs, where he co-teaches the "Theology and Psychological Theory Integration" course.

Workshop 2: Bringing More Unconditional Love to Ourselves and Our Clients
Molly LaCroix S'09, LMFT

Overview: This workshop will provide an introduction to the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, with a special focus on using the model to identify issues that can block qualities such as compassion and clarity when working with complex and challenging clients. Experiential exercises will help participants understand their responses to clients and will provide an approach to gently and respectfully work with those responses in order to free up a more loving, connected presence in their work.

Speaker Bio: Molly graduated magna cum laude from BSSD's Marital and Family Therapy program in 2009. She returned to BSSD as an adjunct professor from 2014-16. As a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice, she specializes in working with adults who experienced developmental/attachment trauma. Since practicum, where she was first exposed to complex trauma, Molly has studied interpersonal neurobiology and many of the modalities used to treat trauma. She is certified in EMDR, is an EMDRIA approved consultant, and is also certified in Internal Family Systems (IFS). Molly regularly participates as a staff member at IFS trainings and has presented twice at the annual IFS conference on topics related to the integration of the IFS model with Christian theology/spirituality. Molly has been married to Bob since 1981, has two adult children, both of whom are married.

Workshop 3: Spiritual Practices for Busy Therapists
Linsey Wildey S'06

Overview: Providing support for people who need healing is a deeply spiritual vocation. In doing this holy work, our souls can become weary and burdened-in need of refreshment. If you are longing to experience some of God's peace, rest, and presence in your life, join us for this workshop as we engage in spiritual practices to help us in the journey.

Speaker Bio: Linsey Wildey is a pastor, spiritual director, and worship leader. Over the last 20 years she has served in ministry overseas, in the nonprofit sector, and at two local churches. In this season, she has the privilege of being with individuals, teams, and groups to help facilitate and support them in their emotional and spiritual health through spiritual direction. She is married to Scott who is a pastor in San Diego and has two children, Hunter and Piper.

Workshop 4: Spiritual Listening
Derek and Alair Olson S'10, LMFT

Overview: How many of us really know how to listen to ourselves and to others? As helping professionals, we often miss opportunities to pay attention to the needs and longings of ourselves and those we serve. We'll be looking at how to discern the things that drive our desires, that affect our view of God and ourselves, and that get in the way of pursuing God's dreams and designs for our lives. We have to listen to ourselves first before we can truly hear others.

Speaker Bios: Alair Olson is a licensed marriage and family therapist, currently working in private practice. She specializes in supporting couples and families using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and is in the process of becoming a Registered Play Therapist. In addition, Alair is a clinical supervisor at Hannah's House, which serves families involved in high-conflict divorce.

Derek is a "pracademic:" a practitioner-academic. He is a builder of people, relationships and organizations. Derek is a full-time Ph.D. student at University of San Diego, pursuing his doctorate in Leadership Studies. As a consultant, he specializes in systems theory and organizational development in cross-cultural settings.

Together, Derek and Alair have taught at conferences and workshops locally and globally. They are both certified spiritual directors, investing in individuals as well as couples. They have a desire to see lives be healthy, growing and Kingdom-oriented.


Questions about the retreat? Contact the BSSD Marital and Family Therapy/Mental Health Counseling Alumni Committee at

Questions about registration? Contact the Office of Alumni and Family Relations at 651.638.6462 or