Heartspace: Convergence and Divergence in Religion and Psychotherapy – Interconnections and Differences Between Religion and Psychotherapy at MITPP

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Instructor: Robert Gunn, Ph.D.

In his Future of an Illusion and Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud was deeply critical and skeptical about religion. Jung, on the other hand, saw some positive possibilities as well as destructive ones in religions’ capacity to stimulate and support the process of individuation. Is there such a thing as a healthy religion? What is an unhealthy religion? What do religion and psychotherapy have in common? Are there clear distinctions to be made between the two processes? How do we evaluate the differences as well as similarities between the spiritual and the psychological? A New York licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Manhattan for over forty years, an ordained Protestant Pastor in the United Church of Christ and an ordained Soto Zen Buddhist priest and Hoshi in the White Plum Asangha, Robert Kaku Gunn, Ph.D., will introduce the topic on Friday evening and guide us through the many facets and questions these two profound perspectives raise for us personally and professionally. In this workshop, participants will learn to identify and work with the overlapping as well the conflicting areas between psychotherapy and religion; to identify and work with both the potential health and/or psychopathology of religious practice; and to navigate specific religious resistances to psychological insight.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM and
SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
FEE: $180 8 Contact Hours
LOCATION: 160 West End Ave, #1N
(between West End and Amsterdam Avenues)

ROBERT W. GUNN, Ph.D. Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Blanton Peale Institute. Faculty: Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Adult Program. Faculty and Supervisor: Blanton Peale Institute. Lecturer in Psychiatry and Religion: Union Theological Seminary. Fellow: American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Clinical Member: American Association for Marital and Family Therapy. Member: American Psychological Association.

The New York State Education Department has approved this course for contact hours (CEUs) for LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs and LPs. A certificate will be emailed upon request to those who attend all sessions, complete an evaluation and pay an administrative fee of $15. There is no charge for those affiliated with MITPP, MCMH or MSPP.

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