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Religion, Mental Health and the Search for Meaning: Bridging the Gap
Saturday, August 28, 2010 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Religion, Mental Health and the Search for Meaning:
Bridging the Gap
The role of religious faith in the psychotherapist’s office will be the focus of this free, one-day conference.
Does a division exist between the perspectives of religion and psychology? Why are so few mental health professionals trained to integrate religion and spirituality into their work with clients? What roadblocks might one encounter in the attempt to discuss spirituality in a clinical setting? In this free, one-day conference, psychotherapists, scholars, and clergy engage in conversation about the universal search for meaning and the value of religious and psychological approaches.
During the morning session, participants will explore the origins of psychology’s often negative perspective on religion and spirituality and will learn about the many historical and contemporary conversations between psychology and religious traditions. Through lecture, dialogue, and small group exercises, participants in the afternoon session will discover practical ways to approach spirituality and religion in their work with clients.
Continuing Education Units (6 hours) are available for mental health professionals through The Jung Center and the Houston Psychological Association and for catechetical leaders through UST’s Center for Faith and Culture. CEU registration is free, as a community service from these organizations, and CEU registration is onsite the day of the event.
9:15-10 Freud and Jung on Religion: Historical Consequences for the Clinical Setting
William B. Parsons, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Rice University
10:15-11:15 Religion and Psychology: Maps for a Constructive Dialogue
William B. Parsons, Ph.D.
11:15-12 Mental Health Professionals Panel
12-1:30 Lunch on your own
1:30-2:30 Clergy Panel
2:45-4:15 Introduction to Explicit Integration
Elizabeth Maynard, Ph.D. & Colleagues
4:15-4:30 Concluding Remarks
||Free and open to the public
||Elizabeth Maynard, Ph.D., at 713-525-6967; email@example.com
||The University of St. Thomas, Houston Psychological Association, The Jung Center, The Center for Faith and Culture, Mental Health America of Greater Houston, Institute for Spirituality and Health
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