“A Case Study of Complex Trauma in a Catholic Model”
CPA would like to recognize a very fine paper submitted to the Conference, by Dr. Greg Bottaro. He is a recent graduate of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. Kudos to Greg and IPS!
The paper will be available on our website and we urge members to take the time to read it. Consistent with our Conferences, it is a fine example of how the theoretical/profound, can help guide the practical and concrete task of serving our clients.
We hope that, over time, more CPA members will share their insights, wisdom, and clinical acumen. In other words, we have some sharp people and we’d like to hear from you!
One of the most interesting aspects of his paper is the way that Dr. Bottaro seamlessly connects the Catholic understanding of the person, and marriage, with a biological/emotional/social/spiritual approach to psychotherapy. In a nutshell, Freud and Harry Stack Sullivan, meet JPII!
In the past, psychology and psychotherapy often tended to focus on the biological and emotional aspects of the human person. While those dimensions are important, there was a sense that something profound was missing. The social or community orientation that we as humans carry around was sometimes neglected. As for the spiritual dimension—it was often treated as though it didn’t exist.
Dr. Bottaro articulates the profound insight of Saint/Pope John Paul II that man’s purpose in life is to love (and be loved) as God loves. While Freud stated that the purpose of life is “love and work”, it is difficult to imagine his materialistic vision describing love as “total gift of self”. Yet that is what individuals crave and yearn for, generally in life and most especially in marriage. A Catholic Anthropology of the person illuminates that need. Dr. Bottaro makes a clear connection between attachment theory and the “school of love” that the Church teaches is vital for human flourishing. The construct of Complex Trauma may best be explained by a failure to build that school of love. The Church, courtesy of St. Paul may have a great prescription about how to treat it.
There is a wealth of information and insight in this fine paper. Please read it.
Finally, fellow CPA members: Please help us grow in our understanding of psychotherapy, the human condition and the profound wisdom of the Catholic Church, by providing your own insights and input.
It is with pleasure that we recognize Dr. Greg Bottaro for his fine work.