“The Healing Power of Beauty: Surprising Psychological Benefits”
By: Margaret Laracy, Psy.D.
An IPS Continuing Education Webinar for Mental Health Practitioners and
Others involved in Pastoral Care.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Co-sponsored by:
IDEALS/NIRE | The National Institute of Relationship Enhancement
What do the experience of beauty and positive mental health have in common? Everything! Whether found in nature, art or people, the ability to experience beauty provides significant therapeutic qualities. And not just for clients but therapists as well.
In this webinar based on doctoral-level research, Dr. Margaret Laracy discusses how attentiveness to beauty can benefit both the client and the therapist in a variety of ways. Among them, building a relationship, and aiding in symptom reduction. Dr. Laracy also explores the role that various therapeutic techniques, such as mindfulness, can play in learning to experience beauty and reducing psychological symptoms.
Number of CEs: 2.0
Learning Objectives
At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: 
  • Explain the difference between a subjectivist understanding of beauty and an experiential realist understanding of beauty. 
  • Discuss the role of awe in the experience of beauty. 
  • Describe the relationship between an integrative model of the person and the experience of beauty.
  • Identify the clinical applications of the realist phenomenological approach to the experience of beauty.
Dr. Laracy has clinical interests in individual, family, and group psychotherapy, as well as psychological testing. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in 2011 at the Outreach Community Counseling Center through the APA-accredited Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium. She teaches Law, Ethics, and Psychology; Cultural, Religious, and Individual Diversity in Clinical Practice; and an integrative case conceptualization seminar at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. She is also co-teaching Group Psychotherapy. Her scholarly interests include various topics in the relationship between Christian anthropology and clinical psychology. In particular, she is interested in the role of beauty in mental health and in psychotherapy, which was the topic of her doctoral dissertation. Dr. Laracy is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Virginia.
This event has limited capacity and will fill up quickly, so register early to ensure your place.
CE Information
IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IDEALS/NIRE maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. NBCC provider #5560. IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education programs for social workers.
IDEALS/NIRE maintains responsibility for the program and adhering to the appropriate guidelines required by the respective organizations.
Participants receive 2.0 CE credits for completing this webinar.
Refund, Pricing and Grievance Policy
No refunds; all registrations are final.
List price: $50
Early registration: $45 (until July 27, 2012)
Please allow approximately five business days for payments made by phone. Payments made online are posted within one to three business days.
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Date & Time and Location


Tuesday, 07 Aug 2012 12:00 PM - 2:35 PM - (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)



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703.416.1441 ext. 129

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