Integration Symposium 2023: Supernatural Attributions & Spiritual Struggles

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Integration Symposium 2023: Supernatural Attributions & Spiritual Struggles

Supernatural Attributions and Spiritual Struggles" with Dr. Julie J. Exline

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Travis Auditorium at Fuller Theological Seminary 185 North Oakland Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

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  • 2 days 2 hours
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Join us for the 2023 Integration Symposium, hosted by Fuller’s School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy. Keynote speaker Julie J. Exline will explore this year’s theme “Supernatural Attributions and Spiritual Struggles.”

In this series of lectures, Dr. Exline will ask the question, “What makes people believe they are hearing from God, being tormented by the devil, or receiving messages from a deceased loved one?” The three lectures will focus on these supernatural attributions and their relevance for mental health, as well as spiritual struggles and how people may move through these struggles in life-giving ways.


Wednesday, February 15

10:00 am–12:00 pm (PT) Lecture #1: Supernatural Attributions: How Do People Perceive Messages from God, the Devil, and Human Spirits?

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe five reasons why supernatural attributions are important for mental health professionals to understand.
  2. Identify five reasons why someone might make a supernatural attribution for an event.
  3. Identify pros and cons of adopting the mental illness, psychological, and supernatural lenses in response to reports of supernatural “messages.”

Respondent: Jose Abraham, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Fuller Seminary

Student Respondent: Clara Bertan, LMFT/First-Year DMFT – Integrative Framework for Identity Formation in Family Systems, Fuller Seminary

Thursday, February 16

10:00 am–12:00 pm (PT) Lecture #2: Spiritual Struggle: An Overview of Key Concepts and Findings

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe six common types of spiritual struggles.
  2. Identify five measures that have been used to assess spiritual struggles.
  3. Discuss sources of controversy around the topic of spiritual struggles.

Respondent: Jaclyn Williams, Instructor of the Practice of Preaching and Chaplaincy, Fuller Seminary

Student Respondent: TBD

Friday, February 17

10:00 am–12:00 pm (PT) Lecture #3: How Can We Support Healing and Growth from Spiritual Struggle?

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss controversial issues around the question of whether spiritual struggles lead to growth and/or decline.
  2. Highlight five ways to offer support and foster growth among people who are going through spiritual struggles.
  3. Describe several metaphors that may be clinically useful in framing experiences of spiritual struggles.

Respondent: Stephen W. Simpson, Associate Professor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Department, Fuller Seminary

Student Respondent: Eltice Lin, PhD, 5th year – Religious Perfectionism, Fuller Seminary

The symposium is free and open to the public; registration is required. Refunds/cancellations up to one day before the event start date.

A total of six units of continuing education (CE) credit will be available. (Each two-hour session is worth two units.) CE credits are offered at $10 per unit for Fuller alumni and $15 per unit for the general public. Questions regarding continuing education credits can be sent to

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