Psychotherapy of the Desert: Holy Fathers’ Insights into the Human Condition and its Potential for Transformation

  • 29 Apr 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Psychotherapy of the Desert: Holy Fathers’ Insights into the Human Condition and its Potential for Transformation

Presented by Donna Dobrowolsky MD

Friday, April 29th 2:00 - 3:30pm: Lecture and Q&A

1.5 CEUs 

The term psychotherapy is derived from the Greek psyche (ψυχή), meaning “soul,” and therapeia (θεραπεία), meaning “healing”. Modern psychology identifies “psyche” with a set of conscious and unconscious manifestations of experiences and behaviors. In the Patristic tradition, the term “psyche” denotes the spiritual element of man’s existence, which is in unity with the body. For the ancient Fathers, the human person and psychological functions are intimately connected with an understanding of salvation as healing: a return to humanity’s original creation in the image and likeness of God. A therapeutic approach is needed that incorporates biological, psychological and spiritual aspects of the person. This integrative approach to healing has its roots in Patristic anthropology, which emphasizes restorative healing of mankind. This presentation will examine various Patristic insights and approaches, and utilize clinical histories to illustrate how the teachings of the Desert Fathers can be integrated with contemporary psychological practices.

Target Audience: Psychologist, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Substance Abuse Counselors, Nurses, Chaplains, Clergy 

Course Content Level: Advanced

Learning Objectives: 

  • Express an integrative view of the person from the lens of Patristic anthropology.
  • Identify the concept of passions as taught by the Desert Fathers and their role in the transformation of the human condition.
  • Relate how insights of the Fathers can be integrated with contemporary psychology and medicine toward an ongoing union of the divine and human life offered to us by Christ

Dr. Donna Dobrowolsky is a psychiatrist who earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from  Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1989, where she also completed her Psychiatry  Residency in 1993. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Dr. Dobrowolsky maintains an active adult psychiatric practice in the Chicago area. She treats  psychiatric disorders, including those that intersect medicine, neurology and psychiatry. She  provides psychiatric care for seminarians, clergy and religious. A Byzantine-rite Catholic, Dr.  Dobrowolsky embraces a sacramental, liturgical world-view, valuing the inter-relationship  between medicine, psychology and religion toward personal healing.

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