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Thursday Evening Opening Plenary:
Thy Kingdom Come: Resilience, Renewal and Eschatological Hope


Lowell W. Hoffman, Ph.D. and Marie T. Hoffman, Ph.D. are clinical psychologists and psychoanalysts, having received Postdoctoral Certificates from New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  The 2006 Stephen Mitchell Scholar, Dr. Marie Hoffman has been a visiting professor at Rosemead School of Psychology and Fuller Theological Seminary; and a visiting lecturer at Wheaton Graduate School. She is author of numerous articles in secular and religious psychological journals.  Her new book, Toward Mutual Recognition: Relational Psychoanalysis and the Christian Narrative, is already being called “paradigm-shifting with respect to integration studies”. Dr. Lowell Hoffman has served as a 2010 special issue editor for CAPS’ Journal of Psychology and Christianity (JPC), and is the author of articles appearing in both JPC and the Journal of Psychology and Theology.  The Hoffmans are co-directors of the Brookhaven Center for Counseling and Development in Allentown, PA.  They are the founding co-directors of both the Society for Exploration of Psychoanalytic Therapies and Theology (SEPTT) and the forth-coming Institute for Psychoanalysis and Christian Theology.


Resilience and renewal may be viewed through the gestalt of God’s irrevocable covenants with humankind. Such a covenantal perspective reinfuses eschatological hope into the understanding of our profession, of our own professional journey, and of our patients’ potentials. The theological cadence of incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection--the redemptive, eschatological trilogy--will be correlated with the constructs of recognition, surrender and gratitude in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and will be posited as generative of resilience and renewal in the therapeutic endeavor.

Friday Morning Plenary
The Therapeutic Benefits of the Gospel

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson, Ph.D. is the Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.  He serves as a part-time pastoral counselor at the LaGrange Baptist Church. Dr. Johnson was the recipient of the “Theological Scholar’s Award”, presented by the Lilly Foundation and the Association of Theological Schools, in 2007-2008. 

A prolific writer, he has authored many professional articles, chapters and books, including Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal; he edited the highly-acclaimed book, Psychology & Christianity: Five Views. He serves as an associate editor for two journals, Edification and the Journal of Psychology & Theology; and was the guest editor for the CAPS’ Journal of Psychology & Christianity’s special issues on “Psychology within the Christian Tradition” and “Issues in Theology and Church History”.


Psychotherapy aims at the remediation of psychopathology. The central message of Christianity, the gospel, has much the same end. Elements of the gospel will be explored to assess how they might aid in the remediation of aspects of psychopathology and enhance human wellbeing.

Friday Luncheon Plenary 
Resilience: Remembering, Reframing and Rejoicing

Mimi Barnard

Mimi Barnard, Ed.D. received her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Texas.  She is the Vice President for Professional Development & Research at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities in Washington, D.C, where she provides leadership and oversight to CCCU professional development opportunities, research  velopment of current and future leaders for Christian higher education, and she facilitates national and international faculty development opportunities.



Dr. Mimi Barnard’s mother was mentally ill. Though she had a difficult childhood, the influence of a Christian neighbor changed the trajectory of Mimi’s life. She had to learn how to survive and ultimately thrive, in spite and even because of her childhood. A survivor of childhood trauma and a first-generation student, Mimi is now an international leader in Christian higher education.  Her story is one that attests to God’s grace, the life-changing power of Christian mentoring, and the resilience of the human spirit.


Friday Evening Banquet
Please Don`t Torment the Cat

Virgina Holeman

Virginia “Toddy” Holeman, Ph.D. is a Professor of Counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY.  She works part-time at “Step by Step”, a ministry to low-income single mothers in Lexington. She is a former President of both the Kentucky Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Society for the Study of Psychology and Wesleyan Theology. As an author and speaker on topics such as: psychological forgiveness, repentance, and reconciliation; and integration of psychology and Christianity, Toddy is well-known for her wit and wisdom. 



What can you do to stay “fresh” in our demanding area of work? This presentation suggests several things you can do to avoid “tormenting the cat.” Dr. Holeman’s presentation promises to be a humorous, uplifting and practical final “course” of our annual CAPS banquet.

Saturday Morning Plenary
The Relational Revolution: How Relationships Change Your Brain, Soul, and Ability to Love

Todd Hall

Todd Hall, Ph.D.  is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at Rosemead School of Psychology and BIOLA University.  He also serves as the director of the Institute for Research on Psychology and Spirituality at Rosemead. Dr. Hall has been the editor for the Journal of Psychology and Theology since 2003; and is a reviewer for CAPS’ Journal of Psychology and Christianity, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the International Journal for Psychology of Religion.  An avid researcher and author, Dr. Hall is widely published; his critically-acclaimed books include: Psychology in the Spirit: Contours of a Transformational Psychology (co-authored with John Coe) and Spiritual Formation, Counseling, and Psychotherapy
(co-edited with Mark McMinn). 


This presentation addresses the problem of the split between theology and spirituality by developing a relational spirituality paradigm organized around five conceptual organizing principles: 1) created to connect, which articulates a Trinitarian-relational view of the imago Dei; 2) the knowledge spiral, which outlines the distinction between explicit knowledge and implicit relational knowledge and how they work together; 3) attachment filters, which suggests that core relational experiences with attachment figures are internalized via implicit memory and filter relational experiences, particularly with attachment figures; 4) spiritual tipping points, which suggests that deep change is nonlinear and dynamic; and 5) relational structure, which proposes that structures are required to facilitate deep change at the relational level. Empirical research on attachment to God will be discussed in connection to the relational spirituality model, which contends that relationships transform and develop people’s brain, soul, and ability to love.

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