May 19th, 2015

The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfectionism

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Richard Winter, M.D.
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Richard Winter, M.D., is the Professor of Practical Theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Educated at the University of London, he is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (U.K.). Dr. Winter came from the English L.Abri to head Covenant.s counseling program in 1992. He is a qualified clinical physician with a specialty in psychiatry who served as Senior Resident in Psychiatry at Bristol General Hospital in England. As an elder, he has served in a variety of ministry and leadership roles in the Church. Dr. Winter not only teaches counseling, but models the knowledge, respect and compassion of a Christian counselor. He is the author of The Roots of Sorrow: Reflections on Depression and Hope, Choose Life: A Christian Perspective on Abortion and Embryo Experimentation, Still Bored in a Culture of Entertainment, and When Life Goes Dark: Finding Hope in the Midst of Depression.

 

Abstract

The cultural sirens of perfectionism promise success and happiness if we can only be perfect in appearance, performance or productivity. But we know that there is often a heavy price to pay for striving to achieve such high standards. We will look at social influences and psychological research, and then explore a biblical view of perfection.

Participants will:

  1. Identify different types of perfectionism and the distinction between a healthy pursuit of excellence and unhealthy perfectionism
  2. Name some of the deeper causes and thought patterns of perfectionism and explore some helpful strategies for healing
  3. Appreciate the deep relevance of the gospel of God.s grace in helping people find the key that unlocks the prison of perfectionism and puts Jesus' command to "be perfect" in the perspective of the wider teaching of Scripture
 
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June 23rd, 2015

Bringing Christ into the Counseling Session

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Eric Scalise, Ph.D.
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Eric Scalise, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, is the CEO of the National House of Hope, the former Vice President for Professional Development with the American Association of Christian Counselors, and the President of LIV Enterprises & Consulting, LLC. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with more than 35 years of clinical and professional experience in the mental health field. Specialty areas include professional/pastoral stress and burnout, combat trauma and PTSD, marriage and family issues, leadership development, addictions, and lay counselor training. He is an author, a national and international conference speaker, and frequently consults with organizations, clinicians, ministry leaders, and churches on a variety of issues.

 

Abstract

Historically, the discipline of psychology has been perceived as having an anti-faith orientation. Yet, research continues to support the notion that when a client receives treatment within the confines of his or her worldview, not only is the therapeutic alliance strengthened, but also there are positive outcomes. Biblical integration provides an eternal perspective to the Christian client that can bring incredible scope and depth to the understanding of presenting problems, the treatment planning process, and targeting goals for behavioral change. The Bible offers a foundation of spiritual truth, enabling the counselor to respond intelligently to scientific data. Genuine integration flows out of the heart of the counselor, wherein the meaningful application of theological and psychological principles has great potential for creating desired results.

Participants will:

  1. Be able to describe and provide a biblical paradigm and core constructs for the integration of theology and psychology in an ethical manner
  2. Understand, and better utilize, the counselor's role as an encourager and ambassador for Christ in the counseling relationship
  3. Identify components of genuine integration as it pertains to the person of the counselor
 
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