Psychoanalysis, Religion, and Integrative Emergence in the Clinical Encounter


September 16, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
2501 Elliott Ave
Seattle, WA 98121


$85 Student | $105 Alumni | $90 Full Conference Student | $125 Full Conference Alumni


Elliot Huemann


The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is pleased to announce the 2017 Relational Perspective Lecture Series with Dr. Earl Bland and Dr. Brad Strawn. This lecture series was founded by Dr. Roy Barsness with the vision of creating an intimate, accessible environment to engage with relational and analytic theorists and clinicians. Each year, The Seattle School hosts clinicians and thought leaders who are contributing innovative, compelling work to the fields of psychology and psychotherapy.

Psychoanalysis, Religion, and Integrative Emergence in the Clinical Encounter

This year’s Relational Perspective Series will conclude with a special seminar for Seattle School students and alumni. Dr. Bland and Dr. Strawn argue that a unique integration between psychoanalysis and religion emerges out of the inextricable dialogical and intersubjective complexity of the clinical situation. Practically this means that working with religious issues clinically cannot be prescribed, anticipated or captured by “A Model.” Instead, Dr. Bland and Dr. Strawn propose a kind of clinical heuristic (process) that may facilitate the integration of psychoanalysis and religion to emerge. This heuristic is based on five strands or domains of knowledge: hermeneutics, tradition, ethics, self-development and resiliency. These five domains provide maximal complexity and openness for emergence to occur. In this sense, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy may be understood as a self-organizing experience influenced by multiple subjectivities while also transcending them. This seminar will include clinical material from the presenters caseloads and invite participants to share cases for feedback.

This clinical seminar is open to Seattle School students and alumni. 5 CEUs are included with registration. Students may email to request to have registration fees charged to their student account.


About the Presenters


Earl D. Bland, Psy.D.

Earl D. Bland, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, and professor of psychology, at the Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University in La Mirada California. He teaches applied courses in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, contemporary psychoanalytic theory, psychotherapy & religion and coordinates the psychoanalytic curriculum.  Earl has received training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis & the Greater Kansas City Institute and is a psychoanalytic candidate at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles and a faculty member at the Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis and Christian Theology.  Earl is the author/editor (with Brad Strawn) of Christianity and Psychoanalysis: A New Conversation, published in 2014.  Earl writes and presents in the areas of psychoanalytic treatment, self psychology, and the integration psychology and Christianity.  He maintains a private practice where he treats individuals and couples.

Brad D. Strawn, Ph.D.

Brad D. Strawn is the Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor for the Integration of Psychology and Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, California. He holds a degree in theology and a PhD in clinical psychology as well as being an ordained clergy. Brad obtained advanced training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute in San Diego, California and co-edited Christianity and Psychoanalysis: A New Conversation (with Earl Bland), authored The Physical Nature of Christian Life: Neuroscience, Psychology & the Church (with Warren Brown) and regularly publishes in the area of religion and psychoanalysis. Brad is a licensed psychologist and maintains a private practice in Pasadena.

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