Attachment Theory and the Multiplicity of Spiritual Relationships: Theory, Assessment, and Therapeutic Applications

  • 14 Feb 2020
  • (EST)
  • Previously Recorded Webinar


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Presented by:  Presented by Andrew J. Sodergren, MTS, PsyD and Peter E. Martin, PsyD

Who: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors

Cost: $30 for CPA Members, $60 for Non-members, $15 for Students/Clergy Members

Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time.

Continuing Education Credits (3): $20.00
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Webinar Description: 

Starting with Kirkpatrick & Shaver (1990), attachment theory has been explicitly applied to studying the psychology of religion including understanding God image, conversion, and prayer. However, attachment-based God image theory, research, and practice have almost exclusively focused on the individual’s experience of God as one, with little emphasis on his Personal plurality. In a word, the Trinitarian emphasis was generally lacking. This likely made for confounding effects in the data and restricted clinical application, especially when studying or with working Christians. For instance, one person might complete an attachment to God self-report questionnaire and focus on their experience of God the Father but not God the Son; another might have in mind God the Son but not God the Father, etc. Furthermore, little or no emphasis in attachment-based God image or general God image research concentrated on non-divine spiritual figures such as the Blessed Virgin Mary, angels, or saints.

Through psychoeducational lecture and dialogue with the audience, this workshop will explore the theoretical grounds for the notion that people may possess distinct relationship styles with different spiritual entities based on underlying attachment working models that get activated in those specific relationships. Various methods of assessing such relational styles – including self-report and projective techniques – will be presented and the audience will be invited to engage in some of these tasks during the workshop to begin assessing their own spiritual relationships. Lastly, clinical strategies to work with these distinct relational styles in psychotherapy will be explored and demonstrated, allowing attendees to gain conceptual and experiential knowledge of how to work with their spiritually involved patients in sensitive and innovative ways.

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