The Personalist Psychology of Pope Saint John Paul II: Anthropological Foundations for Clinical Training and Practice

  • 29 Apr 2022
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Personalist Psychology of Pope Saint John Paul II: Anthropological Foundations for Clinical Training and Practice. 

Presented by Keith A. Houde PhD

Friday, April 29th 4:00 -5:30pm: Lecture and Q&A

1.5 CEUs


Catholic psychotherapists in the present age require the firm foundation of an authentic Catholic anthropology as the basis for effective and ethical clinical practice. This presentation considers the foundations of a personalist psychology within the thought of Karol Wojtyła/John Paul II that might serve as the basis for truly beneficial and ethical approaches to psychotherapy. It incorporates Wojtyła’s integration of orthodox theology, perennial philosophy, modern science, and contemporary phenomenology. It explores anthropological themes within Wojtyła’s theological, philosophical, and literary writings in accord with Rychlak’s (1981) dimensions of a personality theory: structure, motivation, development, and personality. Ultimate consideration is given to the implications of Wojtyła’s Catholic psychology for Catholic psychotherapy. Working guidelines for integral clinical training and ethical clinical practice are provided.

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

Course Content Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe four dimensions of the personalist psychology of Karol Wojtyła/John Paul II.
  • Discuss working guidelines for integral clinical training in psychology.
  • Discuss working guidelines for ethical clinical practice in psychology.

Keith A. Houde, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Ave Maria University in Florida. He previously worked as Clinical Psychologist within a Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Maine, including service as Psychology Training Director for a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship program. With an academic background in psychology and theology, his primary scholarly interests are theological anthropology, philosophical psychology, and the history of psychology.

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