Treating Mind and Spirit as One

2019 Summer Certificate Program – Teachers

2019 Summer 15-CEC Certificate Program

Spiritually Informed Psychotherapies

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Our interdisciplinary and multifaith faculty includes instructors who are expert in their various fields:

Edmund Griffin, MD, PhD.

Course taught by Edmund:

4.A – Spiritual Approaches to Addictions & Compulsions

Edmund Griffin, MD, PHD, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Division of Neurobiology and Behavior, Dept Psychiatry Columbia University, and an Attending Psychiatrist at NY Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Griffin graduated from Columbia University with Honors in Biochemistry in 1996. He received his PhD in Neuroscience, and his MD from Harvard Medical School in 2004. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University in the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Following residency, he did Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Columbia University, in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel, MD.

Dr. Griffin’s research and clinical interests focus on the substance abuse disorders. His studies investigate the specific molecular changes in the reward circuitry of the brain during the development and maintenance of addiction, with goal of developing novel and more effective therapeutic interventions. Dr.Griffin’s research has been funded by the Leon Levy Investigator Award, the National Institute of Drug Addiction, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 


Jessica E. Heller, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT

Course taught by Jessica:

5.A – Spiritual Self-Care for Helping Professionals

Jessica E. Heller is a New York State licensed and board certified creative arts therapist.   Clinically, she aims to provide integrated services for children, adults, families, and communities that are unique and geared towards the individual’s expressive interests/strengths. Creative arts therapy integrates the traditions of psychotherapy with creative expression via visual art, writing, and movement, to name a few.  Jessica received her master’s degree in art therapy from the School of Visual Arts. She is a member of the American Art Therapy Association and is certified under the Art Therapy Credentials Board. Additionally, Jessica is a certified Hatha yoga teacher, registered with the Yoga Alliance and draws from her knowledge of eastern practices such as yoga, meditation, and mindfulness.


H. Kimball Jones, MDiv, PhD, LMHC

Courses taught by Kimball:

3.B – Spiritual Perspectives on Death, Grief & Loss

Rutgers Area Director, a licensed mental health counselor, was one of the original founding directors of PSI and has worked there for 40 years.  He is a Methodist Minister and also practices Buddhist meditation, which he finds helpful in his practice. He is also a jazz pianist and enjoys working with artists and musicians.  He holds a PhD in Psychiatry and Religion from Union Theological Seminary.  His dissertation was on Jung’s Theory of Shadow and Evil and Its Implications for Christian Ethics, and he has served for many years on the Board of the C. G. Jung Foundation in New York City.  Read more about him at


Paul Kelly, MA, LMHC, CSAT

Course taught by Paul:

3.A – Spiritual Perspectives on Intimacy & Attachment

Paul Kelly is a licensed psychotherapist practicing in New York City.  He has worked with recovering sex addicts for 25 years. He has trained with the leading figures in the field of sex addiction including Patrick Carnes (Out of the Shadows, Don’t Call It Love, The Betrayal Bond), Stefanie Carnes, (Mending a Shattered Heart), Ken Adams (Silently Seduced), Alex Katehakis (Erotic Intelligence), Rob Weiss (Cruise Control), and others.  From 2013-2016 he served as Primary Therapist at New York Pathways where he treated both addicts and their partners, and where he designed and developed their Personalized Intensives Program as well as their Gay Men’s program.  He is a member of the International Institute of Trauma Professionals (IITAP) as well as the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) and a member of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA).


The Rev. Sarah McCaslin, MDiv, LMSW

Course taught by Sarah:

2.B –  Spiritual Perspectives on Family Life        

The Rev. Sarah McCaslin, MDiv, LMSW, is an ordained minister and licensed social worker whose career has been devoted to fostering the human capacity for resilience, growth and meaning-making, even under the most daunting circumstances. As a pastor, chaplain, and therapist, she bears special witness to the unique stories of everyone she encounters, serving as a companion during difficult times and a supporter during moments of possibility. All these roles and opportunities have proven enriching to her as a helping professional.  At PSI, Sarah counsels individuals and couples alike. She provides premarital counseling using the Prepare/Enrich method and holds a keen interest in working with interfaith couples as they negotiate the gift and challenge of bringing and bridging distinct traditions together. In 2006, Sarah graduated with dual masters degrees from the Columbia University School of Social Work and Union Theological Seminary. Her undergraduate degree was earned from Georgetown University.  Currently, Sarah is enhancing her clinical knowledge in family therapy through continued studies at the Ackerman Institute in NYC.


Souha Frewat-Nikowitz, PhD

Course taught by Souha:

2.A – Multicultural Competency & Ethics in Spiritual Care

Souha Frewat-Nikowitz is a New York State licensed clinical psychologist working in the multilingual private practice of psychology since 2001. She was born in Beirut, Lebanon and lived in Austria and France before immigrating to the United States thirty years ago. She has earned an M.A. in psychology from New York University, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the New School for Social Research. Before becoming a psychologist Dr. Nikowitz earned a degree in translation and comparative linguistics from Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria. Her clinical psychology internship, her fellowship, as well as her dissertation project were at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York. She has also worked at several New York Hospitals, including Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn and Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan. Since she has completed her degree, she has been working with a variety of immigrant and refugee populations in NYC from within and outside community based organizations in matters ranging from acculturation issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma related conditions. Dr. Nikowitz was part of a task force to help build a mental health initiative for Arab-Americans post 9/11 by coordinating efforts with local hospitals, clergy, community leaders and law enforcement. Dr. Nikowitz has dedicated most of her career to increasing awareness of mental health issues in the Arab community through psycho-education, and increasing the public’s and clinicians cultural sensitivity towards people from the Middle East.


Mary Ragan, PhD, LCSW

Courses taught by Mary:

1.A – Modes of Spiritual Assessment

5.B – Integrating Spiritual Approaches Into Treatment                 

​Mary Ragan​  is the Executive Director of the Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute and has her clinical practice in lower Manhattan at PSI’s Trinity Church Wall Street site. She works with individuals, couples and groups.  Mary is a consultant to executives and leadership teams in both faith-based and secular organizations.  She has worked for many years for the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers and Maryknoll Lay Missioners, dealing with cross-cultural adjustment and personnel issues. That consulting work has given her the opportunity to visit and work with missioners in Bolivia, Guatemala, El Salvador and Venezuela. She has also served as a consultant to hospital ED and OR departments.  Her teaching experience has included adjunct faculty positions at Columbia University School of Social Work, Fordham University, Hebrew Union College, Post Graduate Center for Mental Health and New York Theological Seminary.


Ms. Kim Schneiderman, LCSW

Courses taught by Kim:

1.B – Spiritual Development Through the Lifespan

4.B – Spiritual Approaches to Crisis & Conflict  

Kim Schneiderman is a psychotherapist, author, workshop facilitator, former journalist, and spiritual essayist who lives and works in New York City. She counsels adults through the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute in the West Village and maintains a private psychotherapy practice on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Kim received her MSW at the University of Maryland, holds a certificate in Social Work and Spiritual Care from New York University and completed the year-long certificate program with the Association of Spirituality and Psychotherapy (ASP). She has worked in an addiction treatment outpatient center, performed CBT for an online mental/medical health program, served as a synagogue-based social worker at an Orthodox congregation, taught Master’s level Adult Psychopathology at Long Island University, and is currently the Chair of the Adult Education Committee at Romemu, Judaism for Mind, Body, and Spirit.  Read more about her at

PSI is recognized by the NYS Ed. Dept. Office of Professions:  Provider #SW-0252 /#MFT-0044/#MHC-0081/#CAT-0076/NYS OASAS #1153

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