Religion, Psychoanalysis, and Psychotherapy


September 15, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm


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


$45 Regular Registration | $20 Student/Alumni | $35 NW Alliance Members | $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.

Religion, Psychoanalysis, and Psychotherapy

Religion is often controversial and associated with contention debate and social exclusion. How are we to understand and talk about its deep emotional significance for many of our patients? Dr. Bland and Dr. Strawn will propose a new model of constructive dialogue between faith and psychoanalysis that is deeply ethical and irreducibly relational. Unlike more classical deliberations concerning religion and psychoanalysis, this presentation will outline a model of clinical engagement where constructive intersubjective dialogue between religious tradition and psychoanalytic process emerges without foreclosure. Avoiding subsuming the categories and language of discipline to the other (e.g., a psychoanalysis of religion or religious psychoanalysis), Dr. Bland and Strawn will foster a dialogic approach of mutual constructive engagement.

This evening lecture is open to the public. 1.5 CEUs are included with registration.

The lecture series continues on Saturday, September 16 with a special clinical seminar for Seattle School students and alumni. A reduce rate is available for those participating in the full weekend. 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.



The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is proud to partner with the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study to offer the Relational Perspectives Series. The Alliance is a non-profit interdisciplinary organization dedicated to making psychoanalytic knowledge available and useful to interested professionals and the larger community in the Pacific Northwest. Membership is open to professionals in mental health, health care, and human services, regardless of academic discipline, who seek the deeper human understanding that psychoanalysis can provide. Visit to learn more»

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