Workshops and Seminars

Cathedral Counseling Center's Professional Development program committee is dedicated to bringing stimulating and innovative learning opportunities to the community. The long-standing workshop series offers sessions that explore timely topics in mental health led by expert professionals.


Ambiguous Loss and the Myth of Closure:A New Lens for Living with Unresolved Loss and Grief

A Workshop and Book Signing with Pauline Boss, PhD

Friday, February 24

9:00 am - 12:15 pm


This event is SOLD OUT. To be placed on a waiting list, should space become available, please email Sandy Carter at


Clinical work is especially challenging when painful problems have no solutions. Ambiguous losses can occur physically when loved ones disappear from kidnapping, natural disasters, or, more commonly, from divorce or family disruptions -- or psychologically, when loved ones have dementia, traumatic brain injury, addiction, or preoccupation with work or computers.

In this workshop, Dr. Pauline Boss will explain why closure is a myth and present guidelines for better resilience around transition and change despite unanswered questions. She will also address the therapist's use of self in this work.


Register online


Fee: $75 - includes 3 CEUs along with a light breakfast.


Students, groups, and retirees are eligible for a discount. Contact Nina Riccardi at for details.


Dr. Pauline Boss is a family therapist & supervisor and emeritus professor at the University of Minnesota.

Co-sponsored with Rush Health and Aging
Rush Health and Aging provides clinical services in the inpatient and outpatient setting and evidence-based prevention programs in the community. RHA shares best practices and actively works with healthcare leaders and innovators across the nation to promote improved collaboration amongst health and social services.


Listen to Krista Tippett's "On Being" interview with Dr. Boss:



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For more information, please contact Nina Riccardi, LCSW, Director of Professional Development,



Each Quarter, Prominent Speakers Prompt Lively Dialogue and New Perspectives

These quarterly presentations examine subjects of interest based on feedback from Cathedral's clinical staff, social trends and evaluations of past programming. Our goals include helping clinicians maintain boundaries, insure best practices and stay creative in connecting with clients. 

Prominent national and local speakers have presented on a range of issues, including:

  • Class, Culture and Race
  • The Impact of Technology on the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Engaging the Empathic Imagination Through Narrative

Fees: $75 per session

Extras: Many sessions offer continuing education credits (CEUs) and refreshments are always available.
Interested? Sign up for Cathedral Updates including information about upcoming workshop series.



Photography Exhibits, Readings and Other Gatherings With a Tie to Mental Health

Cathedral Counseling Center hosts periodic seminars and events that shed light on issues tied to mental health. These programs are not clinical per se, but offer insights on a range of topics of interest to licensed therapists, individuals who facilitate mental health care, current, former and prospective clients and anyone concerned about access to care.

Interested? Sign up for Cathedral Updates including information about upcoming seminars and events.