Integration of Psychology and Theology

Brad StrawnWelcome to the integration webpage. We hope to give you an idea of what integration means in Fuller’s School of Psychology and provide you with some resources for the integration of theology and psychology.

The School of Psychology was established more than 40 years ago to provide students from around the world with the opportunity for a rigorous psychological and theological education. The integration of these two disciplines was to be and is our unique contribution. The faculty are committed to encouraging and facilitating the conversation between faith and psychological issues, and we invite you to explore and enter the conversation with us!

From the Chair of Integration, Dr. Brad Strawn

Watch Dr. Strawn's Installation Address

Integration in the School of Psychology

Integration is a crucial aspect of student formation in Fuller's School of Psychology.  Throughout their time in the program, students have the opportunity to take a variety of courses that address the intersection of psychology and theology, wherein they will reflect on and critically analyze the relationship between these two disciplines, and learn to incorporate both into their identity and praxis as clinicians.

Here is a sampling of the course offerings that focus specifically on integration:

  • Introduction to Integration: This course is designed to furnish the foundation for later integration seminars and involves a formative weekly discussion group for first-year students.
  • Portraits of Human Nature: This course offers a view of human nature through the lenses of  biology, genetics, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology, while exploring the philosophical, theological, and ethical implications of each perspective.
  • Spiritual Interventions in Therapy: This seminar provides opportunities for reflecting on a Christian approach to therapy, the person of the Christian therapist, theological perspectives on the role of the Holy Spirit, the role of worship, and spiritual interventions in therapy. 
  • Christians Who Counsel: A course that examines the theological and psychological aspects of the therapist, considering the self as an integrative triad of physical, social, and spiritual spheres. 
  • Spiritual Transcendence and Health: This course emphasizes spiritual transcendence, religious experience, and forgiveness as key factors in the relationship between spirituality and health.
  • Advanced Integration: The follow-up course to Introduction to Integration, where students will develop and articulate an integrative perspective from their field of doctoral study. 
  • Theological and Psychological Models of Disorder: The purpose of this course is to scientifically examine models of disorder from both psychological and theological perspectives, highlighting the conceptual distinctness as well as the areas of overlap between the two.
  • Trauma and Faith: This course will provide a basic understanding of the post-trauma reaction and the etiology of traumatic distress. In addition, the course will address theological insights in trauma response and recovery.

For a complete list of integration-related courses, see the course descriptions in our academic catalog.

 

International Integration Opportunities

One of the exciting opportunities in the School of Psychology is the practical integration of taking your training and experiences at Fuller and applying them overseas. Many of our students are interested in the application of psychology to God's purposes in the world. Currently the School of Psychology has developed relationships in South America, Asia and China. Students can embark on international intensives, to help teach and train pastors and psychologists, and learn how to contextualize psychology within different cultures and paradigms.

Integration Resources

Click here for Integration Resources including some outstanding integrative publications by our faculty and students, as well as information on Fuller's Integration Library.

Integration Symposium

Fuller Symposium on the Integration of Psychology and Theology, better known as the Integration Symposium, is an annual lectureship hosted every February by the School of Psychology, featuring a nationally recognized scholar who focuses on a single integrative issue. Topics have ranged from aging and dementia to what evangelicals can learn from Jung. The symposium is an academic gathering place in which integration can be tackled on an intellectual level. Students are given the opportunity to learn from scholars in many fields concerning the various intersections of theology and psychology.

Recent speakers at the Integration Symposium have included the following:

 

For more information about the symposium, please contact:

Rachel Engels, Faculty Assistant
Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
Phone: 626-584-5538
E-mail: integration@fuller.edu

Dr. Brad Strawn
The Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor
of the Integration of Psychology and Theology
Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
Phone: 626-584-5330
E-mail: bradstrawn@fuller.edu

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