The sickness of racism is rooted in a compromised psyche that informs group dynamics in families, neighborhoods and institutions. What degree of injury and repetition establishes trauma? How does healthy spirituality build a foundation for healing once trauma has occurred? These are the questions we hope to answer in our time together. A well of insight awaits!
At CTS on Butler South Campus, café side, in Shelton Auditorium.
A CTS free event, but please register!
Register at https://Healing2.eventbrite.com
Invest in the health of your relationship with a Couples Checkup at the Counseling Center at CTS. Free 50 minute screening sessions offered throughout the month of February.
Walk-ins, February 14th from 9 AM–8 PM or all month by appointment. To schedule call: 317.924.5205.
The Counseling Center at CTS, 1050 West 42nd St., Indianapolis.
The Center values diversity and is accredited as a training center by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).
The Indiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (IAMFT) and Christian Theological Seminary are hosting the IAMFT 2019 Spring Conference on Friday, February 15, 2019.
The theme for this year’s conference is Narrative Therapy: Stories of Interdependence and Hope, and the featured workshop leader is Jill Freedman, MSW.
Narrative Therapy is based on the notion that we make meaning of our lives through the stories we live out as we interact with each other. These stories are shaped and constrained by the stories that are carried in our social, political, and interpersonal contexts–the narratives of myths, movies, novels, TV ads, fairy tales, and family legends. The ideas in our culture that we take for granted as “reality” are carried in stories; we learn the standards by which we measure ourselves and each other through stories we see and hear and tell each other.
People often come to therapy when they have a sense of being stuck in stories in which they don’t measure up on some cultural scale of performance, or in stories that restrict the possibilities they can perceive for a better life. Our work is based in helping people experience some of the alternative story lines that already exist in their lives that have been overshadowed or forgotten-stories with themes and plots that are in line with more empowering, more satisfying, more hope-filled futures, stories that engage people around their values and spirituality. Such stories are always there if we look for them. When found and brought to life, they can let people experience and take credit for the knowledge, skills, and abilities that they have forgotten about or taken for granted. These stories offer transformation and hope.
This training will provide an overview of narrative therapy, familiarizing participants with the narrative worldview as well as some of the basic practices. There will be a wealth of examples. Participants will have the chance to practice crafting questions to generate experience and make meaning, thus creating the opportunity for transformation and hope.
Jill Freedman, MSW, the Co-director of Evanston Family Therapy Center, has co-authored more than 30 papers, book chapters, and several books, including: Symbol, Story and Ceremony: Using Metaphor in Individual and Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy: The Social Construction of Preferred Realities, and Narrative Therapy with Couples. She is international faculty for the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide, Australia, and teaches in the Masters Program in Narrative Therapy and Community Work offered by Dulwich Centre and the University of Melbourne, where she is an honorary clinical fellow. She is also on the faculty of the Chicago Center for Family Health. She received the Award for Teaching Excellence in the Field of Narrative Therapy from the Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy in 2014 and with Gene Combs, received the Award for Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy from the American Family Therapy Academy in 2009. She teaches and consults to organizations internationally.
Earn up to 6.5 CEUs at this event!
This conference counts as the annual Spirituality and Psychotherapy lectures!
- General registration here.
- CTS alumni are invited to a free breakfast before the conference! RSVP here.
- CTS students, staff, faculty, and supervisors ONLY should register for the conference here.
For questions about the event, please contact IAMFT at (317) 484-2630.
Your brain can form new cells and neural connections, and improve its capabilities as you age. This free workship will teach you how. You’ll receive information about nutrition, the environment, and the mind-body connection, as well as behaviors to embrace and limit; and you’ll learn specific, doable exercises to improve your memory, reduce stress, strengthen your cognition and enhance your life!
This workshop is hosted by Hope Community Church of Lawrence and co-sponsored by Christian Theological Seminary.
While registration for this free event is encouraged, walk-ins are welcomed!
Join Christian Theological Seminary to honor Phil Gulley and the power of progressive spiritual writing on March 12 at 7:00 PM at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Gulley, longtime Quaker pastor and Indiana native, is the author of numerous books including the “Harmony” series of novels, Front Porch Tales, If the Church Were Christian, The Evolution of Faith, and, Unlearning God: How Unbelieving Helped Me Believe. The evening will include a talk by Dan Wakefield, fellow Hoosier and celebrated author of Going All the Way, Starting Over, Returning: A Spiritual Journey, and more.
All proceeds will go toward an Indianapolis-based literary project.
This event is free to all students!
Writing for Your Life Conference
Get Unstuck! Looking for inspiration and practical advice for your spiritual writing? Join us at the inaugural Indianapolis-area Writing for Your Life conference featuring Dan Wakefield, Barbara Brown Taylor, John Pavlovitz, and Philip Gulley! Accompanying these esteemed authors will be other Christian writers and leading experts in Christian publishing.
Early Bird Registration only $299. Register Here.
The Indiana Society for Psychoanalytic Thought is hosting its 2019 Spring Workshop, led by Paul Geltner, at Christian Theological Seminary.
This workshop will discuss how to identify and understand emotional communications from the patient to the therapist through the analysis of the therapist’s countertransference. Attendees will understand the concept of emotional communication, its role in psychotherapy and its relationship to the fundamental concepts of psychodynamic practice: unconscious repetition, transference, and countertransference. They will be able to differentiate feelings that can be used to understand the patient from feelings that are related to their subjective reactions to the patient. This will involve an in-depth examination of the four major types of countertransference states: narcissistic; object; anaclitic and projective identification. The aspects of the analytic relationship that are non-transference, and are anchored in the present will also be considered. We will discuss how this understanding can be comparable with a range of technical approaches, including traditional interpretations and more expressive non-interpretative interventions.
Paul Geltner, D.S.W., L.C.S.W., is the author of Emotional Communication in Psychoanalysis: Understanding Dimensions of the Analyst’s Feelings as the Interpersonal Impact of the Patient’s Repetitions (Routledge, 2013) and is in private practice in New York City and Brooklyn. He works with individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Geltner specializes in individual and group consultation with psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists in New York.
Registration information to come!
CTS alumni are invited to a free breakfast before the workshop! RSVP here.