Sensei Barbara Joshin O’Hara to speak on Faith Families: Religious Kinship Beyond the Nuclear Family
Sensei Barbara Joshin O’Hara, MA, LCSW
For social workers, it is important to know that religiously diverse clients’ family ties may not be limited to the nuclear or extended family. Faith communities often function as what scholars have called “fictive kin,” playing important roles in many New Yorkers’ lives. Our panelists will explore these issues through discussions of African-American Christian church families, contemporary Zen Buddhist views of sangha and community, and the spiritual lineage systems that help to define African diaspora Orisha communities.
During our Social Work and Religious Diversity conference on May 10, we will learn about this subject from Sensei Barbara Joshin O’Hara, MA, LCSW, who is a co-founder of the Village Zendo, along with her life-partner Roshi Enkyo O’Hara. She began her formal Zen training in 1986 with Roshi John Daido Loori, spending three years in monastic residency at Zen Mountain Monastery, and received Dharma Transmission from Roshi O’Hara in 2006. Sensei Joshin is also a psychoanalytically trained psychotherapist. She maintains a private practice in the West Village, and believes there is no more important work than investigating what keeps us from being fully present to our own experience.
Social Workers and mental healthcare professionals are encouraged to register for this one day conference. Continuing Education Credits are available for New York State LMSWs and LCSWs.
Social Work and Religious Diversity: Religion, Spirituality, and Family Life
A continuing education conference for social workers and their colleagues, developed by the Interfaith Center of New York, in partnership with the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, and the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute.
May 10, 2017 • 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY
The Interfaith Center of New York SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers – provider #0163. This conference offers 7 contact hours of continuing education for New York State LMSWs and LCSWs.