Post-modernism presents many challenges to us and our clients—skepticism, subjectivism, and relativism. Post-modernism subscribes to a philosophy of make-up-your-own-reality rather than a discover-it view of reality (natural law). A series of divorces serves as the foundation for this view. I will suggest that this thinking is primarily based on trauma that has triggered fear and a search for certainty, resulting in chaos or rigidity that often only leads to anxiety and depression. I will provide a practical map that outlines the divorces and their personal and cultural consequences. I will explore several fundamental psychological and theological movements of life that when disrupted create problems and require restoration. And finally, I will offer a pastoral model of the soul to integrate the cognitive, affective, and behavioral techniques and their potential timing.
3 Objected to be Learned During this Presentation.
1. To explore several foundational philosophical, theological, and psychological divorces that create many of our personal and cultural problems, and to offer thoughts on healing them. Examples include: goodness from fatherhood, body from soul, sex from marriage, gender from biology.
2. To identify the fundamental psychological and theological movements of life that when disrupted create problems and need to be repaired for health: giving and receiving love (John Paul II—the Law of the Gift, Vatican II), love and fear (Scripture, Porges), unity in diversity, a.k.a. making a place for the other as other, or empathy (Seigel); and order and chaos (Seigel); and to be able to pastorally diagnose and identify interventions that address these.
3. To discover the diagnostic and prescriptive utility of a pastoral model of the soul—head, heart, and hands (cognitive, emotional, and behavioral)—that integrates our Catholic theology and secular psychological techniques and that suggests the potential timing of these techniques.
Dave McClow, M.Div., LCSW, LMFT, is a clinical associate for the Pastoral Solutions Institute and author at Catholic Exchange, Patheos, and Today’s Catholic. He writes about a Catholic vision of masculinity which is summarized in the Abba Prayer for Men. He is also very active in his diocesan men’s group, Rekindle the Fire, and has founded multiple text ministries for men. For over 30 years he has been helping individuals, couples, and teams change in a variety of settings: inpatient psychiatric and addictions, employee assistance, outpatient community mental health, and statewide technical assistance centers. His counseling specialties are depression, anxiety, trauma, and the building of practical skills to cope with overwhelming emotions. He has been a national consultant and trainer for a number of evidence-based practices and topics. He has also started a number of small businesses. Trained as a pastoral counselor, he has always recognized God as the source of healing and integrated his faith into his counseling practice.