Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington



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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


Spokane psychotherapist to share expertise during annual ‘Caring for Kids’ luncheon

the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 18, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Caring for Kids luncheon proceeds will benefit Morning Star Boys’ Ranch and St. Anne Children and Family Center.  Pictured at left are two of St. Anne’s preschoolers, enjoying outdoor summer playtime. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)

The annual Caring for Kids luncheon, which benefits the programs of Morning Star Boys’ Ranch and Catholic Charities’ St. Anne Children and Family Center, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 11:30-1 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in Spokane.

Featured speaker for this year’s luncheon is Dr. Kent Hoffman, a Spokane psychotherapist and educator for the last 32 years.

Dr. Hoffman is co-founder of the Center for Attachment and Clinical Intervention at Marycliff Institute, Spokane. His primary work is with attachment and separation related problems with parent/child, dyads, adults, and couples.

Dr. Hoffman is currently involved in work with at-risk parents and infants at Crosswalk, a program for street-dependent youth in Spokane. He was the Year 2000 Child Advocate of the Year for Spokane Head Start/Early Head Start and, in 2000, the co-recipient of the Governor’s Award for Innovation in Prevention from the Washington Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Dr. Hoffman is perhaps best known internationally for his innovative work in studying, writing, and teaching about the “Circle of Security,” a model for helping parents strengthen their bonds with their children. Besides his work with Crosswalk, he volunteers with Catholic Charities’ Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA) program.

Dr. Kent HoffmanRight: Dr. Kent Hoffman of Spokane is the speaker for this year’s luncheon. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)

His work includes leading a variety of groups for teen parents in an attempt to explore new and increasingly-effective approaches to the unique struggles faced within this high-risk population.

He also leads workshops throughout the United States for psychotherapists, educators, social workers, clergy, and parents, with an emphasis upon the development needs of infants and children.

Dr. Hoffman believes that once society understands the importance of these needs and how to meet them, they will be given greater priority, benefiting children in a way that will lead to real social change.

A practicing Catholic and simultaneously a student of Zen meditation and contemplative prayer over the past 30 years, Dr. Hoffman seeks ways to integrate psychological needs and spiritual practice. “When we allow God to shine God’s light in us, it beams. And we need that in the world,” he said.

Tickets are $100 per person. For reservations, call 358-4254.


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