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Therapeutic Dimensions of the Psychology of Religion

Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 9:00 AM - Friday, April 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Therapeutic Dimensions of the Psychology of Religion

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Standard Registration
This registration is for those who wish to attend the seminar and do not wish to earn Continuing Education Units.
Feb 27, 2019 $145.00 $0.00
This registration is for LMFTs, LPCs, LSWs, LCSWs, NCC MAs who wish to earn 10 Continuing Education Units available. Please provide your license number.
Feb 27, 2019 $155.00 $0.00
Psychologists   more info Feb 27, 2019 $165.00 $0.00

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presented by Randall Hoedeman, PhD, LPC, LMFT 

Co-Sponsor Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center

This Seminar will be held at the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute: 
6324 Marchand Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

5 Sessions Every Other Friday Morning from March 1st to April 26th
(3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12 & 4/26)
9:00AM - 11:00AM

Designed for those mental health professionals who, like John Steinbeck’s “Pigasus,” consider themselves “lumbering souls but trying to fly,” this exploratory seminar includes theoretical and clinical material on: (1) psychotherapy “as religion”; (2) the implicit vs. explicit integration of religion into therapy; (3) the isolation of religion from therapy; (4) therapeutic themes of guilt, grace, and forgiveness; and (5) therapeutic themes of grief and mourning.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

• interpret the biblical metaphor of the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” in light of the psychoanalytic concept of the “unthought known.”  

• name and describe the basic therapeutic outcomes of: “depressive realism; structural change; and increased love.   

• distinguish and explicate the implicit from the explicit integration of religion into psychotherapy and the uses of each.  

• recognize and describe the isolation of religious material in the therapeutic interaction and name two types of it.  

• describe the complexity, intricacy, and ethical implications of the therapist’s neutrality and anonymity toward religious and spiritual concerns.  

• list pastoral theologian Wesley Brun’s proposed 11 categories for a DSM “Axis 6” “Religious or Spiritual Problem.”  

• appreciate and explain the unconscious power, depth, and complexity of therapeutic issues related to “crime and punishment” and to “guilt and grace.”  

• name and apply Lewis Smedes’ four “stages” of the forgiveness process and appreciate the importance of not “short-circuiting” them.  

• appreciate and explain vital role that grief and mourning play in virtually all therapeutic journeys and to name five types of it.  

• understand and describe the interconnection between the “death” of old god images, the “birth” of new ones, and the emergence of new parts of self. 



Randall HoedemanPhD, LPC, LMFT 


Dr. Hoedeman holds a doctoral degree in the Psychology of Religion. His counseling and psychotherapy practice spans 35 years. He has held leadership or teaching positions at Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute, Pittsburgh Association for Psychoanalytic Thought, Waynesburg University, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. Dr. Hoedeman brings to this seminar a whimsical spirit, a love of literature, and expert knowledge in his field. 


REFUND POLICY: Full refunds are available up to two weeks before the start of the program. After that no refunds will be made.


CE Accreditation Statement – LPC’s, LSW’s, LCSW’s, and LMFT’s


Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6727. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This program is being offered for 10 NBCC (2/session) continuing education clock hours.


The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists. The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

About the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute:

Serving greater Pittsburgh since 1964, the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute exists to enhance the health of individuals, families, and communities through an interfaith ministry of counseling and education that integrates the resources of faith and the behavioral sciences. Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute builds on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families, and communities to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of all those whom it serves. 

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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute is located at 6324 Marchand Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. You can use the parking lot at Calvary Episcopal Church just one door up on Marchand Street if you are driving and the nearest bus stop is "East Liberty Station". The building is accessible via the rear entrance. If you have any questions or need more directions please call  (412) 661-1239.

What's the refund policy?

Full refunds are available up to two weeks before the start of the program. After that no refunds will be made.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No,  you don't need to print anything out. Please sign in when you arrive. 

What if I can't make one of the days?

The cost includes all 5 sessions, and we can not discount any out of the cost. If you are earning CE units, you will only earn for what sessions you are present. Each session is worth 2 continuing education clock hours and the entire Seminar is worth 10 continuing education clock hours.

Have questions about Therapeutic Dimensions of the Psychology of Religion? Contact Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute

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6324 Marchand Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 9:00 AM - Friday, April 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM

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