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Thursday Evening Opening Plenary 


Speaker: Alvin Dueck, PhD is the Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of the Integration of Psychology and Theology, Department of Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family, School of Psychology at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. He holds the BTh degree from Mennonite Brethren Bible College and PhD from Stanford University.

In addition to teaching courses that focus on the dialogue between theology and psychology, he is engaged in research on the role of religion in therapy, congregational health, and conflict resolution between Christians and Muslims. He is the principal investigator in a research project on the spiritual experience of Christians, Muslims, and Jews funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

He also participates in the Center for Research on Religion and Psychotherapy. He is currently the recipient (with Dr. Han Buxin) of another John Templeton Foundation grant to support psychology of religion research in China and to encourage intellectual exchange with American psychologists of religion. Dueck is a licensed psychologist with a long history of teaching in the seminary setting. Prior to joining Fuller’s faculty in 1998, Dueck was director of the Marriage and Family Counseling program at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary. He presented the Integration Lectures at Fuller in 1986, which have since been published in the book Between Jerusalem and Athens: Ethical Perspectives on Culture, Religion and Psychotherapy. With Dr. Gladys Mwiti, a Fuller Theological Seminary graduate in Kenya, Dueck authored a book entitled Christian Counseling: An African Indigenous Perspective.

Released this year is a book written with Dr. Kevin Reimer A Peaceable Psychology: Christian Therapy in a World of Many Cultures. Dueck has served as a consultant to international mission agencies since 1984 and is actively involved in encouraging indigenous mental health awareness and services in Guatemala, Africa, and China. He was a participant in a mental health tour to the Soviet Union in 1989. His areas of expertise, research, writing, and teaching include: systems/symbolic/object relations psychotherapy, postmodernity and psychological theory, healing structures in congregations and communities, spirituality and psychotherapy, ethics and therapy, Jung and Christianity, integrative research, and indigenous psychologies.


Friday Morning Plenary


Speaker: Jenny H Pak, PhD

Dr. Pak is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at BIOLA University in La Mirada, CA. Her academic credentials are as follows: Ph.D., University of Southern California. M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology B.A., University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Pak teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in psychology. Her expertise is in narrative analysis and integrating the dynamic function of culture on human development and the self. Underpinning her broad research interests is a commitment to bridging the gap between science and practice and incorporating “meaning” and intentionality in psychological inquiry. She comes with many years of professional consultation and counseling experience in both community mental health and private practice settings.

Dr. Pak’s clinical interests include in-depth integration of meaning and emotion in psychotherapy with individuals, couples and family, cross-cultural counseling, narrative and identity development in women and the aging population. Her research interests include narrative inquiry, culture, marriage, family, calling and vocational development, posttraumatic growth, generativity, and spiritual maturity.


Friday Luncheon Plenary  


Speaker: J. Derek McNeil, PhD

Dr. J. Derek McNeil is the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology (The Seattle School). After serving on The Seattle School Board of Trustees for two years, Dr. McNeil was appointed to his new roles in the summer of 2010. Dr. McNeil has a Ph D. in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University and an M Div from Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to joining The Seattle School, Dr. McNeil worked at Wheaton College Graduate School for 15 years, working in the PsyD program with doctoral students in counseling psychology. He has also worked as a clinician in private practice, a diversity advisor and coordinator, an organizational consultant and as an administrator.

Dr. McNeil’s research, writing, and speaking have focused on issues of ethnic and racial socialization, the role of forgiveness in peacemaking, the identity development of African-American males, and marital intimacy. He has written chapters in The Black Family: Past, Present, and Future (1991) and Men to Men: Voices of African American Males (1996). His teaching has also included coursework on Social, Cultural, and Spiritual Foundations of Mental Health, Family Systems Therapy and Group Theory and Therapy.


Friday Evening Banquet


Speaker: Luis Palau

Dr. Luis Palau, commonly referred to as the Latin Billy Graham, has shared the Gospel with more than 1 billion people through evangelistic events and media. As a speaker to 30 million people in 75 countries and author of nearly 50 books, Luis is a much sought after speaker with a passionate evangelistic heart.Dr. Palau’s latest book, Changed by Faith, A Biblically Literate Resource for Those Struggling with Difficult Times, was released in the United States in 2011.

Luis and his wife, Pat, live in Portland, Oregon, along with their four sons, and twelve grandchildren.

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Entertainment: The Brown Sisters

The Brown Sisters were born to sing songs that inspire, touch, and bless the hearts of the listener. Rachel, Leah, Dorcas, and JoAnna are four of six children who have been doing what they love to do for 25+ years.

Their many performances include Portland Trailblazer games, opening for Dr. Maya Angelou, and working with a variety of well-known Portland artists including saxophone/vocalist Patrick Lamb, singer Julianne Johnson, and violinist Aaron Meyers. With God’s grace and Him as number one in their lives, The Brown Sisters are able to keep their musical melodies alive!


Saturday Morning Plenary


Speaker: Alistair Ross, PhD.

Dr. Ross is a Fellow, Dean, and Director of Psychodynamic Studies, and University Lecturer in Psychotherapy, Department for Continuing Education at Oxford University in Oxford, England. Dr. Ross initially trained as a Baptist Minister and worked in South London, Kent and Birmingham. He subsequently did an experiential therapeutic training at Claybury Psychiatric Hospital in Essex and worked as a pastoral counsellor and pastoral theologian. Further training as a psychodynamic counsellor and supervisor followed and since 2002 he has led the MA in Psychodynamic Counselling at the University of Birmingham. He is a BACP accredited counsellor and supervisor and is Chair of BACP’s Professional Ethics and Quality Standards Committee.

Dr. Ross has a particular interest in the cross-over between different disciplines and cultures reflected in his current research on the emergence of spirituality in contemporary psychoanalysis. His other research interests include examining the lived experience of being a therapist, and exploring what specific factors help clients in therapy.

A sampling of his publications include:
‘Psychodynamic Counselling, Religion and Spirituality’ in Difference and Diversity in Counselling – Contemporary Psychodynamic Practice, Palgrave MacMillan (2006);
‘The stag and the doe: archetypes of the Spirit’ in The Edge of God, SCM Press (2008)

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