The Connections Between Sin and Mental Problems

  • 11 Nov 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Zoom Webinar
  • 70


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Presented by: Paul Ungar MD, PhD

When:  Friday November 11th: 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM  Central Time  (US and Canada)

  • 10:00 - 10:05 AM - Introduction 
  • 10:05 AM - 12:10 PM - Lecture + Q&A
  • 12:10 - 12:15 PM - Closing 

What: The Connections Between Sin and Mental Problems 

Cost: $75 for CPA Members, $240 for Non-members, $37.5 for Students/Clergy Members.  

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This webinar will clarify how sinful and mentally ill behaviors are not always mutually exclusive categories. Despite significant differences between them, the relationship between sin and illness is often comparable to a chicken and the egg paradigm. It is often hard to discern which has caused which. It will be discussed that self-sufficiency, or attempting to “be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:5), the archetype of all sins, is often tied to narcissistic features; callousness may be related to antisocial personality traits, and sexual sins against children are linked to the illness of pedophilia. This webinar will demonstrate that all sinful behaviors, just as virtually all mentally disordered behaviors disregard Jesus’ basic commands, “Love the Lord…” and “Love your neighbor…”(Mark 12:29-31). Therefore, no mental health treatment is sufficient without spiritual healing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the proportion of free, conscious and deliberate motives, versus pathological motives in the behavior of psychotic and non-psychotic mentally ill patients, as well as in mentally healthy people.
  • Define the differences the between secular models of conscience (like the Freudian superego) versus genuine Christian conscience. 
  • Distinguish between rational and irrational guilt feelings, in the context of the connection between sin and mental ailments, and summarize the principles behind healing moral laxity and scrupulousness.
  • Evaluate Christians’ fears, anxiety and angst related to the anticipation of God's judgment, in the context of the connection between sin and mental problems.

Target Audience: 

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

Level of Content: Intermediate




Paul Ungar holds an MD, a PhD, and a graduate degree in Theology. He has practiced psychiatry and psychology for over 40 years, and taught pastoral theology, psychiatry, and psychology at various universities. Currently he is a faculty member of the International Viktor Frankl Institute, and is active as psychologist, specializing in the treatment of problems on the borderline of faith and psychology. He recently published his book Sin and Mental Ailments: Pastoral Psychiatry and Psychology for Healing Professionals, Pastors, and Inquiring Christians.

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 CEs credits at a later date, when available. Any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Mary Hanys at for more details. 

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

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