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COURSE FIVE – Psychoanalysis in Conversation with Christianity

COURSE FIVE – Psychoanalysis in Conversation with Christianity

Online Course

Course Coordinator and Leader: Stephen Fowler, MD, FIPA

Thursday, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, 2024. (6 sessions)

Fees: $420

Deadline for registration is October 17, 2024.
Preregistration is required.
** DISTANCE PARTICIPATION ONLY – This course will be conducted online.

This will be a six-evening group discussion, with the author, along the lines of a Book Club, of the book written by Stephen Fowler, and published in 2017, titled: Probing the Mind to Free the Soul: Toward a Psychoanalytic Protest Theology. The discussions will venture beyond the confines of the book, and into areas of thought that are currently the focus of writing that the author is working on, e.g.: Das Ding and the implications for otherness; the role of seduction in person-formation and in the formation of Christian character.

Participants will need to acquire their own copy of the book and have read the portions applicable for each of the six discussions, which will be outlined in advance to registrants. The book is available from Caversham Booksellers or Amazon.

The course will appeal to those interested in interfaces between psychoanalysis and religion, specifically the Christian religion.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Establish a more open, nuanced, and thoughtful stance toward religion in themselves and their patients than the reductionistic dismissive stance of Freud.
  2. Reflect upon ways in which psychoanalysis informs on religious experience.
  3. Move into a more postmodern position of ‘negative capability’ with the respect to the mystery that surrounds God.
  4. Following on from Objective 3, become more embracing of the mysterious ‘otherness’ within our neighbour as well as ourselves.
Stephen Fowler, MD, FIPA

Stephen Fowler is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Mississauga, who has a strong interest in intersections of psychoanalysis with religious faith, particularly seeking to explore the implications of the meta-psychology of Jean Laplanche for Christianity.

This event is eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour). This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. As per the Royal College standard, each presentation provides a minimum of 25% interactive learning.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2024/2025 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.

Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.

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