By the end of this conference, attendees should: (objectives)

Understand three dimensions of the person (created, fallen, and redeemed) as seen through faith and Biblical revelation (theology) and their implications for clinical practice.

  • Identify the seven dimensions of a new synthetic model of the person (unity, relationality, embodied, rational, volitional and free, virtues, and vocations) as seen through a rigorous application of reason to experience (philosophy).
  • Discuss the centrality of a vocational approach to human flourishing, meaning, and purpose (holiness, state in life, and work/service). And explore its implications for clinical practice.
  • Describe the importance of a virtue approach to human flourishing and the good life. And explore its implications for clinical practice.

Identify the basic properties of the IPS Model of the person.

  • Describe the major levels of understanding a person.
  • Describe the levels and concept of resonance with respect to the interpersonal relationship of love.

Be able to list 5 core Catholic principles that shape marital and family therapy.

  • Be able to describe 5 ways that the use of a Catholic anthropology impacts treatment.
  • Be able to identify 3 ways that a vocation focused approach to marital and family therapy differs from traditional secular approaches.

Receive an overview of the place of hope in group psychotherapy from psychological research and practice and then be introduced to a faith integration perspective that is meant to further inform and deepen one’s appreciation of hope.

  • Receive a brief overview of the research and development behind the curative factors of group psychotherapy.
  • Through a series of quotes and excerpts, participants will be invited to consider the concept of hope as it is seen by certain scientists, psychologists, writers, and theologians.

Be familiar with St. John Paul II’s understanding of the New Evangelization as a response to the cultural condition of the West.

  • Be familiar with the broad outlines of the pontificate of St. John Paul II.
  • Be familiar with St. John Paul II’s analysis of 21st century Western culture.

Describe some of the basic anthropological concepts St. John Paul II developed in Theology of the Body.

  • Explain the connections between love, sacrifice and suffering in light of Theology of the Body.
  • Discuss how fundamental concepts of Theology of the Body can provide the anthropological basis for a sound psychology.
  • Describe how concepts from Theology of the Body can inform clinical case conceptualization.
  • Discuss John Paul II’s understanding of human experience as it bears upon the practice of psychotherapy.

List some social and general family factors that predispose to atheism of a moderate kind.

  • Describe the dysfunctional father hypothesis with some well-known examples.
  • Identify why autistic spectrum disorder predisposes to rejection of a personal God.

Consider how a faithful Catholic clinician can help clients in painful situations who think of divorce and remarriage as a solution.

  • Explain Jesus’ teaching that divorce and remarriage is adultery and the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage.
  • Note the pastoral problems that arise in this area and explain the problems with certain pastoral approaches.

Understand how growth in particular virtues can assist a client in accepting certain types of suffering in a manner that brings meaning and fulfillment to their lives.

  • Understand how growth in other virtues can be instrumental in decreasing the level of suffering experienced.
  • Be familiar with the implementation and methodology of incorporating the use of virtue into clinical work.
  • Understand aspects of the nature of suffering as they pertain to psychotherapy work.
  • Understand the differentiation between healthy and unhealthy conceptualizations of suffering.
  • Understand the therapeutic benefits of focusing on suffering in psychotherapy.