Thomistic Anthropology & The Baars-Terruwe Model: Clinical Use and Interventions for Catholic Psychotherapy

  • 30 Apr 2022
  • 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Thomistic Anthropology & The Baars-Terruwe Model: Clinical Use and Interventions for Catholic Psychotherapy. 

Presented by Suzanne Baars PhD

Saturday, April 30th 8:45 - 9:15am: Lecture and Q&A

1.5 CEUs 


This clinical presentation is a brief overview of the Baars-Terruwe Model that therapists can utilize to build upon the anthropology of St. Thomas Aquinas in their clinical work. Understanding and communicating Aquinas’ view of the role of the emotions in supporting reason and will towards the choice of the good is a touchstone for clients who distrust their emotions and feelings for one reason or another. Development of affectivity, or the capacity to be moved by the emotions of love, desire and joy, provides a way to promote integration of intellect and will with the emotions. Aiding clients to develop their emotional life through cultivating affectivity overcomes the objection that one must always use one’s willpower to do what is right– which can make Christian life seem an obligation and a drudgery. This model promotes the growth of the emotional life so that life becomes more effortless and joyful.

Target Audience: Students, psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage & family therapists 

Course Content Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify the two types of passions/emotions from Thomistic anthropology and their interrelationship to each other and to reason and will.
  • Identify how the therapeutic development of the Pleasure emotions can facilitate affective integration and healing.
  • Define affectivity and its role in emotional integration.

Dr. Sue Baars, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT, LCDC has worked extensively in the field of counseling since 1986 in both hospital and outpatient settings. She is privileged to collaborate with a team of Catholic psychotherapists and psychiatric nurse practitioners at In His Image Counseling Center in Irving, Texas.  Sue bases her treatment of emotional & spiritual problems on the Baars-Terruwe integration of the Christian anthropology of St. Thomas Aquinas with modern psychological discoveries. She has been on the faculty of the Institute for Priestly Formation and has contributed a number of book chapters to various professional publications.

More information about this conference, including cost, cancellation policy, how to register and obtain CEUs is available through the link below. 

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