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2023 Integration Symposium

Integration of Psychology & Theology for Ministry & Mission in an Age of Narcissism & Trauma

February 23–24, 2024 | In person on the Pasadena campus and online

 

Registration

The symposium is free and open to the public; up to six continuing education (CE) credits are available ($10 for Fuller alumni and $15 for the general public). Registration is required for all attendees and will remain open through the event. When registering, select your CE credit package of choice (located under “Add-Ons” on the ticket page). Cancellations/refunds up to one day before the event start date.

At the end of the event week, a survey will be sent out to all registrants. An evaluation form will be available to download on the last page of the survey, along with instructions for submission. Credit certificates will not be issued until an evaluation form is submitted via email to psychce@fuller.edu. Questions regarding CE credits may be sent to psychce@fuller.edu.

APA & CAMFT Statement of Approval
Fuller Theological Seminary / Graduate School of Psychology & MFT (Provider
#1000085) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family
Therapists and the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing
education for psychologists and for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and LEP’s as required
by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Fuller Theological Seminary SOPMFT
maintains responsibility for this program and all its content.

Para registrarse al evento en español, visite: Información de Registro

등록을 위해 한국어 이벤트 정보와 등록안내를 방문하세요: 등록 정보

School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy

Alumni Luncheon
Location: PSY 126
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024
12:30–1:30 PM (PT)

 

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

Integration Symposium 2024

This year’s Integration Symposium will focus on the intersection of psychology and theology particularly for those working in churches and other ministry and mission contexts. Two plenary sessions will explore issues of narcissism in congregational communities (Friday morning) and trauma-informed ministry (Saturday morning). In addition, a number of workshops throughout Friday and Saturday will address topics including culturally informed ministry, psychologically informed worship, the dynamics of meaningful retreat planning for spiritual communities, and much more. Join us!

Program & Presenters

Plenary Session 1: Friday, 9:00 am

After Narcissism: Toward Congregational & Clergy Humility & Healing

The term “narcissism” has gained increasing popularity in recent years. In particular, many Christians have been intrigued by the ways that self-interest and over-inflated egos seem to have become more common in churches and other mission and ministry contexts. The aim of this presentation is to explore what narcissism is, which personal and communal factors help to cultivate it, and how intentional cultivation of humility may serve as an essential corrective to this phenomenon on both an interpersonal and communal level.

Presenters

Plenary Session 2: Saturday, 9:00 am

Trauma-Informed Ministry: Empowering Christian Leaders to Serve with Humility & Wisdom

Recent years have seen a dramatic increase of attention in communities of faith on experiences of trauma. The need for trauma-informed ministries and ministry leaders has never been greater. This presentation will explore ways to be sensitive to the wide range of experiences of trauma that may be present in faith-based communities, as well as ways that humility and wisdom can provide a helpful antidote to experiences of pain and abuse.

Presenters

Schedule

Zoom Links available below for each plenary session and workshop.

Please note: All times are listed in Pacific Time. Plenary sessions and workshops in Travis Auditorium will be translated into Spanish and Korean.

Friday, February 23, 2024

9:00 - 10:30 am - Plenary Session 1
After Narcissism:
Toward Congregational & Clergy Humility & Healing (1 CE)

Location: Travis Auditorium (CLICK HERE: Zoom Link)
Description: The term “narcissism” has gained increasing popularity in recent years. In particular, many Christians are curious and concerned about the ways that self-interest and over-inflated egos seem to have become more common in churches and other mission and ministry contexts. The aim of this presentation is to explore what narcissism is, which personal and communal factors help to propagate it, and how intentional cultivation of humility on both interpersonal and communal levels may serve as an essential corrective to this phenomenon.
Presenters: Brad D. Strawn and Christin J. Fort

10:30 - 11:00 am - Break

11:00 am - 12:15 pm - Morning Workshops

1. Spiritual Health for Thriving With & For Others
(1 CE)

Location: Travis Auditorium (CLICK HERE: Zoom Link)
Description: Empirical research reveals the vast psychological resources within religion and spirituality; however, many faith-based leaders and practitioners are not equipped to guide their people in accessing the many facets of healthy spirituality that can buffer against mental health issues and promote habits associated with thriving. Given the social and psychological issues of our time, concepts like thriving, flourishing, and wellbeing are gaining increasing attention. The Thrive Center offers a theologically and psychologically informed approach to thriving that involves becoming whole with and for others. Personal needs and strengths, connection and belonging, and meaning, spirituality, and purpose are central. Join Dr. Pam King from the Thrive Center and the host of the With & For podcast to learn about the six facets of Spiritual Health and to identify how psychologically informed spiritual practices can move you and those you serve forward on the path to wholeness and thriving.
Presenter: Pam King, Peter L. Benson Professor of Applied Developmental Science and Executive Director of the Thrive Center for Human Development

2. Therapeutic Resources and the Latino/a Congregations: Needs, Obstacles, Pastoral Care and Psychological Referral (No CEs)

Location: Payton 102 (CLICK HERE: Zoom Link)
Description: This workshop will be led by a panel of presenters with different expertise -- e.g. Sylvia Garcia from the Fuller clinic to talk about particular therapeutic needs and obstacles and the role of the clinic, Lymar Sola from Urban Strategies to talk about their project treating pastoral burnout in the Latino/a community, Marisol de Jesus Perez, who is describing her work as a therapist in the Latino community (as a Fuller grad).
Presenter: Alexia Salvatierra, MDiv, DMiss; Sylvia Garcia, Lymar Sola and Marisol de Jesus Perez.

3. Seven Transitions Emerging Adults Experience [And How They Want Adults to Accompany Them]
(No CEs)

Location: Payton 101 (CLICK HERE: Zoom Link)
Description: The Fuller Youth Institute team is embarking on a four-year research project, generously funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., to understand how emerging adults experience and work through significant transitions in their lives. Our review of social science literature identified seven prominent transitions among emerging adults, with the frequency and degree of these transitions varying depending on one’s identity and context. This conceptual framework informed the project's mixed-methods approach, surveying a nationally representative sample of 1,044 and followed by 33 in-depth interviews of emerging adults in the United States who self-identify as Christian and report experiencing a significant shift or change during their 20s. We will share initial findings, explore how these transition spaces are priorities for emerging adults, and consider what they mean for ministry, counseling, and mentoring. Emerging Adults are especially welcome!
Presenter: Steven Argue, Associate Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture; Applied Research Strategist, Fuller Youth Institute
Caleb Roose, Project Manager, Fuller Youth Institute
Ana Dolores, Research Assistant, Fuller Youth Institute

12:15 - 1:30 pm - Lunch Break

1:45 - 3:00 pm - Afternoon Workshops

4. Leading Difficult Conversations: Practices for Effective Small Group Facilitation in Contentious Spaces (1 CEs)

Location: Travis Auditorium (CLICK HERE: Zoom Link)
Description: In this workshop, you will engage in conversations with experienced practitioners to facilitate tense small group member interactions, discern the care or correction needed in a given case study situation, and engage in self-regulatory practices to settle oneself in order to effectively lead members of a small group to a designated goal.
Presenter: Amy Drennan, Executive Director of the Office of Spiritual Formation
Brad D. Strawn, Chief of Spiritual Formation and Integration; Dean of the Chapel; Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of the Integration of Psychology & Theology

5. Revisiting Self-Esteem and Its Impact on Human Connection (No CE)

Location: Payton 101 (CLICK HERE: Zoom Link)
Description: Each person is created in the image of God and possesses inherent worth and dignity as a unique manifestation of his divine Spirit. As clinicians, we know that our client’s subjective evaluation of their own worth and capabilities inevitably plays a crucial role in their mental health. It is also true that a therapist’s evaluation of a client’s worth can play an important role. Research suggests the relationship between self-esteem and mental well-being is complex and bidirectional—that is, self-esteem influences mental health and mental health impacts self-esteem. This workshop will discuss the moral imperative for therapists when it comes to how they attend to their clients and the role of self-esteem in human connection.
Presenter: Michael Argumaniz-Hardin, Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Collin Cornell, Assistant Professor of Bible and Mission

3:00 - 3:30 pm - Break

3:30 - 5:00 pm - Closing Panel with Presenters

Location: Travis Auditorium (CLICK HERE: Zoom Link)
Description: Our final gathering of each day will be a panel made up of workshop presenters from that day. It will be a time to follow-up with questions that might not have been answered during allotted time and to further explore the workshop themes.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

9:00 - 10:30 am - Plenary Session 2
Trauma-Informed Ministry: Empowering Christian Leaders to Serve with Humility & Wisdom (1 CE)

Location: Travis Auditorium (CLICK HERE: Zoom Link)
Description: Recent years have seen a dramatic increase of attention in communities of faith to experiences of trauma. The need for trauma-informed ministries and ministry leaders has never been greater. This presentation will explore ways to be sensitive to the wide range of experiences of trauma that may be present in faith-based communities, as well as ways that humility and wisdom can provide a helpful antidote to experiences of pain and abuse.
Presenters: Cynthia B. Eriksson, David C. Wang, Lisseth Rojas-Flores

10:30 - 11:00 am - Break

11:00 am - 12:15 pm - Morning Workshops

6. Psychologically Informed Worship (No CEs)

Location: Payton 101 (CLICK HERE: Zoom Link)
Description: This workshop will discuss issues of mental health within the worshiping moment. Topics covered will include thinking psychologically about the use of scripture, music, liturgy, and prayer. Psychologically informed worship practices will be introduced that can be incorporated into worship to enable worshipers to respond to discomfort and disorientation without flight, fright, or freeze responses.
Presenters: Julie Tai, Director of Chapel and Seminary Worship
Brad D. Strawn, Chief of Spiritual Formation and Integration, Dean of the Chapel, Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of the Integration of Psychology & Theology

7. Living Rooted: A holistic approach to reducing chronic stress and enhancing wellbeing (1 CE)

Location: Travis Auditorium (CLICK HERE: Zoom Link)
Description: Discover the power of the Living Rooted curriculum, a holistic framework to reduce chronic stress and enhance wellbeing. You’ll learn practical relaxation techniques, engage in mindfulness practices, and explore how biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors interconnect in stress management. Participants will transform their approach to stress with a personalized wellness plan to seamlessly integrate these strategies into daily life.
Presenters: Tina Armstrong, PhD, CEO and Founder of Living Connected Psychological, inc. Dinisha Mingo, MS (Ed. Psyc) MA, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
Jordan Rollerson, M.Ed, MA Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

12:15 - 1:30 pm - Lunch Break

12:30 - 1:30 pm -Integration Symposium Alumni Lunch: Register Here (registration required)

1:45 - 3:00 pm - Afternoon Workshops

8. The Intersections of Racial & Cultural Trauma and the Hope of Healing in Asian American Christian Contexts (1 CE)

Location: Travis Auditorium (CLICK HERE: Zoom Link)
Description: Trauma can affect Asian American Christian communities by way of racial, cultural, and religious pathways. In this workshop, a marriage and family therapist and theologian discuss the importance of being able to acknowledge, to distinguish between, and to give language to these distinctions. Reflection questions and practical considerations will be offered for clinicians, ministry leaders, and lay people interested in expanding their integrative lens on trauma.
Presenters: Jessica ChenFeng, Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Daniel D. Lee, Academic Dean for the Center for Asian American Theology and Ministry; Associate Professor of Theology and Asian American Studies

 

9. Crafting Sacred Space Into Your Ministry Retreat (No CEs)

Location: Payton 101 (CLICK HERE: Zoom Link)
Description: Learn from experienced practitioners how to think through the spiritual and psychological needs of retreatants and build sacred spaces to meet those needs during one to two day retreats. Following a template model, walk away from this workshop with a drafted plan for your own retreat
Presenters: Andrea Cammarota MAT, BCC
Kevin Doi, DMin, Chaplain & Director of Pastoral Formation

3:00 - 3:30 pm - Break

3:30 - 5:00 pm - Closing Panel with Presenters

Location: Travis Auditorium (CLICK HERE: Zoom Link)
Description: Our final gathering of each day will be a panel made up of workshop presenters from that day. It will be a time to follow-up with questions that might not have been answered during allotted time and to further explore the workshop themes.

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