Transformational Affect: An integrated understanding of emotions from Catholic anthropology and accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP)

  • 29 Apr 2022
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Transformational Affect: An integrated understanding of emotions from Catholic anthropology and accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP)

Presented by Daniel McClure PsyD, LP & Paul Ruff MA

Friday, April 29th 10:30am - 12:00pm: Lecture and Q&A

1.5 CEUs  


Catholic anthropology and AEDP converge in a mutually enriching manner in their understanding of emotions. A Catholic perspective of emotions is developed using: The Catholic Christian Meta-Model of the Person, Thomistic Psychology, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the work of Dietrich von Hildebrand. Diana Fosha’s explanation of AEDP provides a psychological perspective on emotions that distinguishes between core affect, inhibitory affect, and defensive affect. This is illustrated using the Triangle of Conflict/Change Triangle schematic. Fosha also provides a taxonomy of various transformational affects (i.e. emotional experiences that precede, motivate, and accompany break-through moments of personal transformation and psychological healing). Additionally, Attachment Theory and Catholic anthropology highlight the inherent relationality of emotions illustrated using the Triangle of Person schematic. St. Augustine’s autobiographical account of his conversion experience in Book VIII of his Confessions provides a case example of transformational affects, which is further supplemented by clinical examples.

Target Audience: Psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, students, academics 

Course Content Level: Intermediate 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe a basic understanding of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s philosophical distinctions between types of affect in order to foster the Task dimension of the therapeutic alliance when using emotion-focused approaches with clients who have a Catholic worldview
  • Utilize the AEDP framework to distinguish between transformational affect, core affect, inhibitory affect, and defensive affect using the Triangle of Conflict/Change Triangle schematic
  • Describe a psychological understanding of the relational dimension of affect utilizing the Triangle of Person schematic
  • Identify signs of transformational affect in case examples

Dr. McClure is a licensed psychologist at Novare Counseling Center and independent contractor at The Saint Paul Seminary in Minnesota.  He received his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Divine Mercy University.  Previously, he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas.  He and his wife Lucy live in the Twin Cities.

He primarily utilizes Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Interpersonal Therapy.  He conducts psychological evaluations for vocational candidates and also specializes in working with compulsive sexual behavior, leading psychoeducation/support groups for seminarians and clergy desiring to better live out passionate, joy-filled chastity.

Paul Ruff, MA, is licensed as a Psychologist in the state of Minnesota.  For the past thirty-seven years, he has worked in the mental health field in a variety of settings including over twenty years in private practice.   He has done extensive work with adults in individual and couples therapy. His primary therapy training and practice have been in phenomenological therapies that deal with attachment and emotional processes including Emotion Focused Therapy and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. His practice has also had a particular focus on both assessment and counseling with seminarians, priests and religious. His chapter comparing the transformational/conversion process of Augustine in his Confessions with an emotion/attachment process of transformation in therapy will be published this summer through Saint Paul Seminary Press.  

After more than 25 years in private practice Paul has been employed for the past six years at Saint Paul Seminary as Director of Counseling Services and Assistant Director of Human Formation. There he has been an instructor in Human Formation at Saint Paul Seminary and in the Permanent Diaconate program in the Saint Paul/Minneapolis.   He has been on the visting faculty with the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University and the Seminary Formation Council training program for formators at Saint Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boyton Beach, Florida.  He has presented in ongoing formation programs with priests in several US dioceses and in Ireland.  Mr. Ruff and Dunia Ruff, his wife of 36 years, have four adult children and, at last count, four grandchildren.

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