Glory, Love and Friendship
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Glory, Love and Friendship

We are excited to have Eric Johnson, Ph.D come and discuss a few aspects from his new book God and Soul Care: The Therapeutic Resources of the Christian Faith.  This event will be free to the public and we will have copies of Eric's book (along with other Christian Psychology resources) for sale. 

7pm, September 7, 2017 at Sojourn East

The following are a brief introduction to God and Soul Care and short biography for Dr. Johnson.

Christianity, at its heart, is a therapeutic faith―a religion of soul care. The story of Christianity is a story of divine therapy. God's therapeutic agenda begins in the perfect triune communion of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The triune God created human beings to flourish by participating in his glory, but human beings rebelled against this agenda and fell into the psychopathology of sin. God therapeutically intervened in Jesus Christ to bring about healing in body and soul. Through his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and exaltation, Christ put to death the soul-disordering consequences of sin and brought about a new creation through union with and conformity to him. The church as the body of Christ is where God's therapy is put into action―where people can flourish in communion the way God originally intended. Told in this way, the deep connection between Christian faith and psychology becomes evident. While many Christians are wary of therapy, the Christian tradition is thoroughly therapeutic and contains ample resources for engaging in dialogue with modern psychology.

Eric L. Johnson (PhD, Michigan State University) trained as an academic psychologist and is Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of Foundations for Soul Care and the coeditor of God Under Fire and Christianity and Psychology: Four Views. An associate editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology, and he serves on the executive board at Institute for Christian Psychology.

 

Feel free to click through Dr. Johnson's slides below:

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Reclaiming Peace in an Anxious World
Jun
10
10:00 AM10:00

Reclaiming Peace in an Anxious World

We're excited to have one of our ICP board members, Rob Gibson, present on anxiety and how to understand and deal with it from a Christian Psychology perspective. Rob will be talking about its source, positive and destructive aspects, and how the reality of the gospel especially within the context of Christian community provides healing and hope.

Head over to our Meet ICP section to read Rob's bio (and maybe learn a bit more about the rest of the ICP tribe).

The event will cost $30 and covers the event costs, coffee and snacks. 

The first 30 to sign up will receive a copy of Phillip Cary's book: Good News for Anxious Christians: Ten Things You Don't Have to Do, as well as a complementary notebook.

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The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfectionism.
Feb
18
9:00 AM09:00

The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfectionism.

There is nothing wrong with striving for excellence but sometimes that pursuit seduces us into the unhealthy realms of perfectionism. Our culture surrounds us with images of perfect bodies, perfect houses, perfect cars… We will explore the assets and liabilities of perfectionism, delve into what produces that drive in us, and finally look at ways to find a healthy balance. Ultimately it is an experience of grace that begins to free us from the prison of unhealthy perfectionism. 

Dr. Winter will be covering the following:

• Overcoming Perfectionism

• Fear of failure

• Depression

• Performance anxiety 

• Stress, anxiety and perfectionism

Richard Winter is Professor Emeritus of Applied Theology and Counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis, MO. He trained in Medicine and Psychiatry in England, is a psychotherapist, and was director of the counseling program at Covenant Seminary for 24 years until very recently. He is the author of When Life Goes Dark: Finding Hope in the midst of Depression (2012), Perfecting Ourselves to Death: The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfection (2005), and Still Bored in a Culture of Entertainment: Rediscovering Passion and Wonder (2002). He has four children and eight grandchildren.

The cost of the workshop is $25 and the first 50 people to sign up will get a free copy of Richard's book: Perfecting Ourselves To Death

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The Mind of the Spirit: Paul's Approach to Transformed Thinking.
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

The Mind of the Spirit: Paul's Approach to Transformed Thinking.

  • 1303 South Shelby Street Louisville, KY, 40217 United States (map)
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Based on his recent book by the same title, Craig Keener will examine what Paul says about the mind and Paul's Christ- and Spirit-centered approach to transforming the mind. Paul uses some of the psychological language of his day to communicate his message. Dr. Keener will focus on Paul's teaching on this subject in Romans (esp. chapters 1, 6--8, and 12) and also, as time permits, in 1 Corinthians.

Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is author of twenty books, five of which have won awards in Christianity Today; more than seventy academic articles; several booklets; and more than one hundred fifty popular-level articles. One of his books, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, now in a second edition, has sold more than half a million copies. His books include commentaries on Matthew, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, Revelation, a two-volume commentary on John and a four-volume commentary on Acts, plus a two-volume work on miracles, works about the Spirit, ethnic reconciliation, divorce and various other topics. (These include works published by Baker Academic, Cambridge, Eerdmans, InterVarsity and Zondervan.)

Craig is the New Testament editor for the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. He is also editor of the Bulletin for Biblical Research and the former program chair for the Institute for Biblical Research; he is coeditor with Michael Bird of the New Covenant Commentary series, and coeditor with Daniel Carroll R. of Global Voices, which includes interpretive contributions from readers from various cultures. Craig is married to Dr. Médine Moussounga Keener, who was a refugee in her home country of Congo for eighteen months; her experience and their romance appears in Impossible Love (Chosen, 2016). His blog site is http://www.craigkeener.com/.

Prepay and save: Advanced tickets are $10 (Students are $5) via the sidebar or Get Involved page or $12 at the door. 

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Things I learned about trauma informed care from traumatized children
Oct
13
6:30 PM18:30

Things I learned about trauma informed care from traumatized children

Come hear Rick Bayless from Southeast Church speak about the five key words that capture the essence of trauma informed care: Regulate, Respect, Review, Resolve, Restore.  We will explore the use of these as they applied in a residential therapeutic environment and share the resulting measurable outcomes from that setting. 

ICP is offering this talk as a part of Encounter at Southeast Christian Church. Worship for Encounter starts at 6:30 and The ICP talk will begin at 7:15. Come to the 920 location (on Blankenbaker); further directions to the room location for the talk will be located at the information desk in atrium of the main building.

Rick is the Care Ministry Leader at Southeast Christian Church and oversees all of the care related programs and services including a Professional Counseling Service with 11 counselors, Pastoral Care and Bereavement Services with a staff of 6 workers, Support Recovery Services with over 30 weekly groups. Before coming to Southeast Rick served for 8 years as the Executive Director of Cookson Hills, a residential treatment facility for children who are at risk.

This event is free but please feel free to help support these events by donating below:

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Community Mental Health Round Table
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Community Mental Health Round Table

We live in a time where the tension between the church and community mental health is often palpable, yet there are many Christian service providers that see their work as missional: pushing forward the work of the gospel and the Kingdom of God as they

Come join us as we discuss the Christian faith and community mental health with a panel of service providers from the greater Louisville area. The discussion include 4 clinicians who have served at a local provider with nearly 40 years of experience between them: 
Aaron Montgomery
Colleen Ramser
Justin Williamson
Katie O'Boyle

The discussion will be guided by Eric Johnson, Ph.D and there will be plenty of time for those in attendance to interact with the panel.

Prepay and save: Advanced tickets are $10 (Students are $5) via the sidebar or Get Involved page or $12 at the door. 

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Adoption and Attachment: Thoughts from the Journey (with Timothy Paul Jones)
Aug
11
7:00 PM19:00

Adoption and Attachment: Thoughts from the Journey (with Timothy Paul Jones)

  • 9710 Park Plaza Avenue, Suite 204 Louisville, KY 40241 USA (map)
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My wife and I have adopted three children, all of whom had been assessed as having reactive-attachment disorder. The past experiences that they have brought include institutionalization for attempting to stab a sibling, destruction of property, cruelty to animals, sexual abuse, and abandonment. This presentation will look at attachment with an awareness of the research and scholarly literature but primarily from the perspective of a parent with the goal of assisting counselors in understanding what adoptive parents may be experiencing.

Dr. Jones biography from his website (timothypauljones.com):

My name is Timothy Paul Jones, and I love living in the city of Louisville with my wife and daughters. Over the past two decades, I’ve had the privilege of leading several congregations as a pastor and in associate ministry roles. Now, I serve as a professor and associate vice president at one of the largest seminaries in the world, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Here, I invest my time in mentoring a rising generation of God-called ministers of the gospel. I also edit The Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry and write books in the fields of apologetics and family ministry. I enjoy spending time with my family, meandering along city streets, visiting baseball parks, drinking coffee brewed from fresh-roasted beans, and eating in local restaurants. I serve in children’s and community group ministry at the east congregation of Sojourn Community Church.

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The Power of the Spoken Word: Meaning, Expression, and Reception
Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Power of the Spoken Word: Meaning, Expression, and Reception

  • 9710 Park Plaza Avenue, Suite 204 Louisville, KY 40241 USA (map)
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As Christians, mental health professionals, and ministry leaders, we deal in words every day.  Do we really realize and remember the power of the spoken word?  In the beginning, God created by speaking words.  Words have the power to create or destroy, to comfort or disturb, to calm or disrupt.  The power of words is found in what they mean, how they are expressed, and how they are received by others.  The words we choose and the way in which we express them can make the difference in whether our message is heard and received or misheard and rejected.  It can make the difference between healing and harm.  The way in which we listen and respond to others’ words can make a difference as well.  Some of the principles of Collaborative Language Systems Therapy can aid us in improving the ways in which we think about words, the ways in which we use our words, and the ways in which we respond to the words of others.   

Mary Badami is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a nationally approved supervisor, and chair of the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Marriage and Family Therapy.  She has served as assistant professor of family ministry and counseling at Louisville Bible College.  She has co-presented workshops on Kentucky Law for Supervisors, Kentucky Supervision, and Ethics around the state.  She co-authored a faculty guide and student guide for Premarital Counseling for use in an accelerated program. She has spoken to various groups both professionally and in the church.  Mary’s passion is working with students and associates on the path to licensure to insure they are well trained.   

Cost is $10 ahead of time (via the sidebar or get involved page) or $12 at the door. Students are $5.

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Trauma, Attachment, the Brain and the Bible
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Trauma, Attachment, the Brain and the Bible

  • 9710 Park Plaza Avenue, Suite 204 Louisville, KY 40241 USA (map)
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Trauma impacts the brain and the body. When a child is hurt, her body, her brain, and her soul are hurt. Trauma impacts relationships, and early relationships impact a child's resilience related to trauma. To provide best care for kids who have experienced trauma, we must be mindful of our kids’ heart, mind, soul, and strength. Parents must model the sacrificial love of Christ even in the really difficult moments. When parents do this task well, children learn safety and trust. We were created in the image of the Triune God who existed in community before He ever created the world. We are not isolated beings, and neither are our kids. We need fellowship and relationships with others, and our kids from “hard places” desperately need safe, healthy, consistent relationships with parents and caregivers. Parents must strive to provide this love, safety, and connection with their kids and model healthy relationships in other areas of their lives. Our goal in parenting kids who have experienced trauma should be to model Christ’s love and to help create a base from which each child’s identity is firmly grounded in Christ Jesus. We must remember there are no quick fixes with traumatic loss and attachment problems, and merely changing behaviors will not heal deep wounds. The common grace given to us through research and experienced, well-trained clinicians is an essential component to healing traumatic loss and deep wounds. Our goal must be nothing less than healing for the whole child – and ultimate healing by grace through faith in Christ alone. By combining trauma informed care-giving with safe, consistent, loving parents, we can give children the gift of real hope, as we teach them about and direct them toward the source of everlasting hope in Jesus Christ. Join Dr. Karen Hutcheson as she speaks about trauma, the brain, attachment, and the Bible.

Dr. Karen Hutcheson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of kids from "hard places." Her work focuses on helping children and adolescents from foster care, international adoption, domestic adoption and their forever families. Dr. Karen was a missionary in Uganda and is an adoptive mother and an orphan care advocate. She speaks regularly at national adoption conferences, provides clinical consultation and training in orphan care settings domestically and internationally, and provides global missionary member care. She is professionally trained in Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)®, Theraplay®, and EMDR.  Dr. Karen is also the Director of Discipleship and Training at Scarlet Hope in Louisville, Kentucky.

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May
12
7:00 PM19:00

How the Gospel Changes Us (with Jeff King)

  • 9710 Park Plaza Avenue, Suite 204 Louisville, KY 40241 USA (map)
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The gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest news in the world & the most powerful reality in the world.  The same gospel that justifies sinners, saves the unrighteous, and gives new life to those who are dead is the same news that sanctifies us, matures us, and grows us more and more into the image of Christ.  Any and all true/lasting change in behavior for the Christian comes through the cross.  When the whole gospel is brought to bear on the whole person, steady, consistent, real, lasting change can and should be the expected outcome.  Let's grow together to be those who speak the truth to others courageously in love to the glory of King Jesus.  

Jeff King is the Lead Community Discipleship Pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church. Married to Christy who is his greatest joy in this life, Jeff primarily oversees the Gospel Community Groups of Immanuel as well as the church's intensive counseling efforts.

 

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Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

A Night for Hope: Reclaiming Soul Care in the Church

Join Us...

As we bring the Christian community together for the purpose of continuing the conversation about how the Church in Louisville can better serve the community with regard to mental and emotional health. 

Andy Gullahorn will play a short concert of songs that deal with the challenges, hope and healing of the Christian life.

Following Andy's music, Kay Warren will share from her heart about her own experiences regarding mental health and her own story of hope and healing. 

While this event is free, please let us know you are coming by registering by using the link in the menu at the top of the page.

More About Kay and Andy

Kay Warren

Kay is best known for more than 15 years as a tireless advocate for those living with mental illness, HIV&AIDS, and the orphaned and vulnerable children left behind. She has traveled to 19 countries, calling the faith community as well as the public and private sectors to respond with prevention, care, treatment and support. She speaks from the standpoint of Christ’s love and power to heal, in the context of her life raising a family, her ministry and travels; and the crucible of her own bouts with cancer and mild depression, and her son’s life-long struggle with mental illness and eventual suicide almost three years ago.

Kay Warren, cofounder of Saddleback Church with her husband, Rick, is an international speaker, best-selling author and Bible teacher who has a passion for inspiring and motivating others to make a difference with their lives.

Kay is author of several books including her newest Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough (Revell, 2012), Say Yes to God (Zondervan, 2010), and coauthor of Foundations: 11 Core Truths to Build Your Life On with Pastor Tom Holladay (Zondervan, 2004). Additionally, Kay has also written for Christianity TodayPurpose Driven LifeCNN.com and The Washington Post, and has been featured in NewsweekReader’s DigestGuideposts, SojournersPOZ and Today’s Christian Woman magazines, among others.

Andy Gullahorn

Some people were born to be on stage. Some people were made to have their name in lights. Some people were born incredibly attractive. Some people read. Andy is not any of those people.

Andy was born and raised in the rich musical climate of Austin, TX and then went to College at Belmont University in Nashville to join the legions of songwriters in the country music scene. After graduation, he spent a number of years as a staff writer for publishing companies while playing guitar on the road for singer/songwriter Jill Phillips (whom he happened to be married to).

In 2004, after realizing that his second child was on the way and that his wife would need to come off of the road, Andy released “Room to Breathe” and began performing his own shows again for the first time in 5 years. He has since released three more records – “Reinventing The Wheel” (2007), “The Law of Gravity” (2009) and “Christmas” (2010).

He now spends his time playing concerts and house shows across the country, accompanying other artists on the road, and providing his three kids with plenty of stories to tell their counselors in 20 years.

Andy was a Kerrville New Folk Winner in 2010 and was a runner-up at the 2009 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.

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The True and False Self
Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

The True and False Self

  • 9710 Park Plaza Avenue, Suite 204 Louisville, KY 40241 USA (map)
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Brett Vaden, Ph.D Feb. 11th at 7pm

Why do we reflect on ourselves? How does our self-understanding become distorted and inauthentic? What is the true self, and what interventions can foster the true self?

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Caring for people with dementia and Alzheimer's
Jan
14
7:00 PM19:00

Caring for people with dementia and Alzheimer's

  • 9710 Park Plaza Avenue, Suite 204 Louisville, KY 40241 USA (map)
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Come hear Benjamin T. Mast, Ph.D, discuss dementia and Alzheimers disease from a Christian perspective. Thursday, January 14th at 7pm

Dr. Mast  is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor & Vice Chair of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville as well as an elder at Sojourn Community Church. Recently, he has been elected President of the Adult Development and Aging Division of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Mast has edited the APA Handbook on Clinical Geropsychology and has written: Second Forgetting: Remembering the Power of the Gospel in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Pastors and Christian clinicians may be especially interested in hearing Dr. Mast’s perspective since people are living longer, fuller lives into their senior years. Much of what Dr. Mast has to say on the subject will directly impact of our lives both as professional and pastoral care givers and as family members of an aging generation.



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Equipping Minds to Reach Their Full Potential Through Working Memory
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Equipping Minds to Reach Their Full Potential Through Working Memory

  • 9710 Park Plaza Avenue, Suite 204 Louisville, KY 40241 USA (map)
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Come hear Carol Brown present on Cognitive Development. Thursday, November 12th at 7pm

Working memory is a stronger predictor of personal and academic success than simple IQ. Focusing on the role of working memory, Carol Brown will summarize the Equipping Minds Cognitive Development Curriculum, based on Reuven Feurerstein’s theory of cognitive modifiability, that uses neurodevelopmental therapy, multi-sensory therapy, and cognitive exercises to enhance learning in children and adults of all abilities. The program has been used successfully with people from gifted to those with Down Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, and dyslexia, as well as psychiatric patients, and can aid in psychotherapy. 

 

Carol Brown is the executive director of the Equipping Minds Development Center and the author of Equipping Minds Cognitive Development Curriculum used with students and adults across the US and in 20 countries. Carol has over 30 years of experience as a principal, teacher, cognitive developmental therapist, social worker, reading and learning specialist, HSLDA special needs consultant, and mother. She has received an M.A. in Social Services from Southwestern Seminary and is completing an Ed.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is a certified school counselor and special education specialist, and has served classical Christian schools in North Carolina, Georgia, Northern Virginia, and Lyon, France. In 2012, Carol was licensed and certified as an FIE Mediator by the Feuerstein Institute: International Institute for the Enhancement of Learning Potential. She has been married 27 years to Kyle, lives in Danville, Kentucky, and they have three adult children.

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