A Secret Ladder: The Psychology of St. John of the Cross in Light of Affective Neuroscience

  • 12 Aug 2022
  • 10:30 AM - 1:45 PM
  • Zoom Webinar
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Presented by: Jeffrey D. Thompson, PhD

When:  Friday August 12th: 10:30 AM - 1:45 PM  Central Time  (US and Canada)

  • 10:30 - 10:35 AM - Introduction 
  • 10:35 - 1:40 PM - Lecture + Q&A
  • 1:40 - 1:45 PM - Closing 

What: A Secret Ladder: The Psychology of St. John of the Cross in Light of Affective Neuroscience 

Cost: $90 for CPA Members, $180 for Non-members, $45 for Students/Clergy Members.  

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Can Saint John of the Cross's understanding of the human person, which is based on Saint Thomas, be reconciled with modern psychology and contemporary neuroscience? Saint John of the Cross's book, The Ascent of Mount Carmel, shows ways in which the Holy Spirit enacts the healing of the intellect, memory, and will, through faith, hope and love. From a psychological standpoint, Dr. Allan Schore's trilogy of affective neuroscience works on the origin, disorder, and repair of the self show the effects of attachment and trauma on the development of the personality, and how early wounds can be rectified through "right-brained psychotherapy." This seminar will explore connections between St. John's and Schore's understandings, respectively, of psychology, personality, and personal and spiritual development

Learning Objectives:

  • Define "Active Nights of Sense and Spirit," and their relationship to psychotherapy. 
  • Describe the relationships among attachment, addiction, and attachment disorders. 
  • Classify major brain areas involved in processing emotion, memory, and trauma. 
  • Define "right-brained" psychotherapy. 
  • Compare and contrast the Holy Spirit's divine therapy and the work of "right-brained" psychotherapy.

Target Audience: 

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Missionaries, Evangelists, Pastoral Counselors, Coaches, Spiritual Directors

Level of Content: Intermediate



Cancellation Policy: 

Refunds will not be offered for this event, however every registrant will receive a copy of the recorded presentation and the opportunity to complete the home study and receive CEU credits at a later date. Any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Mary Hanys at mhanys@catholicpsychotherapy.org for more details. 

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program. 

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