By the end of this conference, the attendees should:
1. Discover the Sacramental, Catholic, Human, and Liturgical worldview of the human person and human sexuality. Pope John Paul II’s theology of the body provides a delivery system for this mystical, and therefore most real, view of the human person.
2. Demonstrate how rediscovering the mystical view of the human person, through decoding the “theology of the body”, is the most integrated, comprehensive and authentic approach to healing persons and relationships in body, soul and spirit.
3. Show how the context for the mystical, spousal view of the human person has all the while been woven through the fabric of the prayer, art, architecture and liturgy of the Church.
4. Become familiar with the theory of the Four Levels of Happiness (from Healing the Culture) derived from traditional Catholic philosophy as well as from existential phenomenology and Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy.
5. Identify how knowledge of the Four Levels of Happiness can be used to help individuals formulate their life’s purpose and self-identity, and use this self-definition to move beyond debilitating negative emotional states.
6. Describe the Christian anthropology of substance and relation, with its application to the intergenerational transmission of psychological life, affect regulation, and self-structure.
7. Describe various theories of and treatment strategies for Borderline Personality Disorder.
8. Appreciate depression as a complex disorder with genetic, biological, psychological, relational, social, cultural, and spiritual factors all playing a role in both its genesis, and in the process of recovery from depression.
9. Understand how an integrative approach to treating depression offers more comprehensive and deep healing than a purely medical/psychological or a purely spiritual approach.
10. Distinguish depression from what John of the Cross called the “dark nights” of the senses and spirit. Distinguish depression from the moral fault of sloth or being spiritually lukewarm. Identify the clinical features that can assist in making this distinction, while recognizing that in concrete cases these states can overlap and appear together.
11. Become familiar with the dynamics of sexual addiction: the root causes & effective treatments.
12. How to help clients reclaim their beauty and dignity as children of God.
13. Recognize the effects of and specific symptoms of trauma on the multi-generational family and learn methodology to promote healing within the family.