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Integration Symposium

Holistic Healing and Wellness: Mind, Body, and Spirit

February 19–21, 2020 | Pasadena, California


The symposium is free and open to the public; registration is required.

A total of 6 units of continuing education (CE) credit will be available (each two-hour session is worth two units). CE credits are offered at $10 per unit for Fuller alumni and $15 per unit for the general public. Questions regarding continuing education credits can be sent to

Fuller Theological Seminary / Graduate School of Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Limited walk-up registration will be available at the event.

Integration Symposium 2020

Join us for the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology 2020 Integration Symposium featuring Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, Associate Professor of Psychology at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University.

This year’s theme, “Holistic Healing and Wellness: Mind, Body and Spirit,” will allow Bryant-Davis to share her expertise in trauma, diversity, and womanist psychology as well as her commitment to issues of religious faith.

Thema Bryant-DavisDr. Thema Bryant-Davis is a professor of psychology at Pepperdine University and an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duke University and her MDiv from Pepperdine University. Dr. Bryant-Davis is a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women and a past American Psychological Association representative to the United Nations. She directs Pepperdine’s Culture and Trauma Research Lab and has published in the areas of human trafficking, sexual assault, child abuse, intimate partner abuse, racism, and the medical trauma of HIV. She is on the ministerial staff at First AME Church in Los Angeles, has served as a mental health media consultant on CNN and the OWN network, and has a private clinical practice.



10:00 am–12:00 pm: The Therapeutic Role of Contemplative Practice: Christian Mindfulness and Embodied Healing

The early church valued contemplative practice, and the sacred art of silence, stillness, and intentional
awareness has a long history in Christian and other faith traditions. Mindfulness is a contemporary
approach to contemplative practice and has documented mental and physical health benefits. While
there is Buddhist mindfulness and secular mindfulness, Christian mindfulness has also made important
contributions. This presentation will explore the principles of mindfulness from a Christian perspective, as
well as its challenges and potential benefits.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to define contemplative practice.
  2. Attendees will be able to describe the primary principles of mindfulness.
  3. Attendees will be able to discuss the ways Christian faith informs mindfulness.


10:00 am–12:00 pm: Biblical Narratives of Trauma: Paths to Spiritual and Psychological Restoration

Interpersonal traumas are pervasive and can have long lasting mental health consequences. Numerous
trauma recovery models have emerged in the literature but most do not attend to spirituality, religion, and
faith. Christians are not immune to trauma exposure, and while most feel comfortable seeking support
from ministers, most ministers have not received trauma informed pastoral care training. Mental health
professionals can serve as a bridge for Christian trauma survivors by applying themes from trauma
recovery models to the many narratives of trauma in the Old and New Testaments. This presentation will
utilize some biblical narratives to demonstrate the application of trauma recovery within a Christian

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to list potential effects on interpersonal trauma.
  2. Attendees will be able to describe some major themes in trauma recovery.
  3. Attendees will be able to discuss those themes as illuminated by a biblical trauma narrative.


10:00 am–12:00 pm: Wisdom from Womanist Psychology: Integrating Art, Spirit, Activism, and Community

While a growing number of clinicians are familiar with the concept of culturally modified evidence-based
treatments, fewer mental health professionals and students have been exposed to culturally emergent
mental health frameworks of healing. This presentation will discuss the definition of decolonizing
psychology as well as the need for it. The focus of the lecture will be on womanist psychology, including its
framework, theory, and application. While womanist psychology emerges from Black women, the primary
themes can be applied to other populations. Namely, the presentation will highlight the use of the
expressive arts, spirituality, activism, and community support as we attend to and center the
intersectional identities of the marginalized.

Learning objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to define decolonize psychology
  2. Attendees will be able to define womanist psychology
  3. Attendees will be able to describe 2 practical application of womanist therapy.

12:15 pm–2:00 pm: Alumni Luncheon with Thema Bryant-Davis - Registration coming soon


Travis Auditorium
Fuller Theological Seminary
180 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101


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Directions and Parking

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The School of Psychology is pleased to offer complimentary parking for this event. Please visit our parking website and use the code “INTSYM20” to receive your complimentary parking permit. Online vehicle registration is required.

Complimentary Parking Permit (enter “INTSYM20”)

Parking, with a valid permit is available in the following locations:
185 N. Madison - Exterior lot: Please do not park in red/green (Faculty and Staff) or visitor spaces.
235 N. El Molino - Student Services Center parking lot: Please do not park in LADWP parking.
Limited street parking is also available at no cost, please be sure to read all posted signs.



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