The Samaritan Connection Newsletter - Fall 2023 - 2

Samaritan's
RIGHT
Core Values
Respect
We believe people have
inherent dignity and through
compassionate interactions honor
their thoughts and perspectives.
Integrity
We pursue excellence and
do the right thing even when
no one is looking.
Growth
We understand building healthy
minds and strong communities
is a journey, and pursue growth
rather than perfection in a
collaborative spirit.
Hope
We believe hope exists even in the
most challenging situation.
Trust
We provide a safe and confidential
space to ask for
and receive help.
Giving Hope through Learning
By Dustin Sauder, LSW - Therapist
The three of us looked exasperated at one another while the
final minute of the marriage counseling session ticked by. One
spouse was crying while the other was turning away in defeat,
and I, the therapist, was supposed to know what to do next! I
sincerely apologized for our lack of progress that day and resolved
in my own heart to be better prepared and resourced before our
next session.
The Samaritan Training Scholarship exists for therapists like
me. I was looking for a more strategic and structured approach to my counseling with
couples, and I found that in EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy). Unfortunately, the
4-day in-person externships were all held at busy times for me, or in faraway locations,
except for one possibility at the end of the summer in Knoxville, TN.
So, on August 22, I made my way down Route 81, through my hometown of
Winchester, to arrive at a small Airbnb in downtown Knoxville. The next day, I
joined 40 other therapists traveling from many locations, including Arizona, Illinois,
and Washington, D.C. This became my haven, my family, for the next four days. It
was Intense! At one point, we were all crying together, another time we were singing
together, and at several points, all laughing.
This therapeutic model is trusted, tested, and proven in so many ways. This model
taps into a powerful natural process, our deepest life attachments, while it empowers a
couple to be unified in removing the logs stuck in the river so the water may flow freely
once again..
I was well cared for by many at this training and in turn wish to care well for all
my clients. I left Tennessee with an entirely new appreciation for couple's work, and
a much-needed strategic plan. I may have also left with a renewed appreciation for
bluegrass music and sweet tea.
Favorite quote from the week: " You can't think your way through a feeling problem " .
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