The Thread of Grace: Contemporary Perspectives on Trauma, Spirituality and Healing by Fr. J. J. Guido, Ed.D.

Season Kick-Off Party 6:30pm! Come have some food and drink with colleagues. Fr. Guido’s lecture will begin at 7:30. 

At its inception, psychoanalysis was both a therapy for people who had been traumatized and a theory suspicious of religion. Recent developments in psychoanalytic theory and especially those associated with Object Relations theory permit a more benign understanding of religion and its therapeutic potential.

This presentation will examine three cases of individuals who were exposed to traumatic experience and for whom religion and spirituality were central to their healing. In doing so, it will demonstrate how contemporary psychodynamic therapy with religious patients is enhanced by an appreciation of the adaptive potential of faith and spirituality.

Learning Objectives:
1. Distinguish key terms such as religion, spirituality, faith and the sacred;
2. Describe the positive and negative effects of religious and spiritual experience, belief and practice for patients exposed to traumatic events;
3. Identify three ways therapy with patients exposed to traumatic events can be enhanced by attention to their religious and spiritual experience, beliefs and practice.

Fr. Guido is Senior Staff Psychologist in the Personal Counseling Center and tenured Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Providence College. He completed his internship at Harvard University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Danielsen Institute at Boston University. His areas of interest include: contemporary psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory and therapy; the psychology of trauma; and the role that religion and spirituality can play in coping with adversity.


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Date(s) - October 3, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Central Congregational Church
296 Angell Street (Diman Street entrance)
Providence, Rhode Island

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