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A Biblical Approach to Mental Health
A Biblical Approach to Mental Health
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 to Friday, May 15, 2015
An online course taught by
Kalman J. Kaplan, PhD
and Paul Cantz, PsyD, ABPP
This integrative, 12-week, online, continuing education course is offered by Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in conjunction with the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.
Nowhere in medicine has the dependence on Greek thought been more apparent than in psychology and psychiatry. The very word "psyche" is Greek and the central psychoanalytic concept of the formation of character and neurosis is shaped after the Greek Oedipus myth.
This course explores a biblical reformulation of mental health involving the replacement of Greek narratives by biblical ones. It is designed to bridge differences among/between religion, spirituality, and mental health. Students will compare biblical and classical Greek perspectives on a number of mental health issues and learn the basis for biblical psychotherapy.
Up to 36 Continuing education units (CEUs) are available for chaplains, LPCs, nurses, pastoral counselors, physicians (20 Type 1 CMEs), psychologists, and social workers. The course can also be taken for 3 quarter-hour Spertus Institute graduate degree credits.
Any ACTS student at any of the eleven consortium member institutions can register/cross-register and receive 3 semester-hours of credit plus 3 hours of CE credit. Cross-registration needs to be processed at the ACTS student home school and forwarded to the registrar's office of the Catholic Theological Union (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive ACTS credit. (This is in addition to registering on the Spertus Institute website through the ACTS student portal). Finally, all students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois in Chicago College of Medicine.
Participants in the Chaplain Webinar, offered by the Association of Professional Chaplains, receive a special discounted tuition rate for this course.
Dr. Kalman J. Kaplan
Dr. Kalman Kaplan is Professor of Clinical Psychology in both the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Medical Education at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. He is also Director of the Program in Religion, Spirituality, and Mental Health. Dr. Kaplan is a social and developmental psychologist as well as a licensed clinical psychologist and has published widely in the areas of interpersonal and international relations and life-span developmental psychology. He is former editor of the Journal of Psychology and Judaism and an expert in the emerging field of biblical psychology. Dr. Kaplan was the co-recipient of the 1998 Alexander Gralnick Award for outstanding original research in suicide and schizophrenia, a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a member of a SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration) panel on religion, spirituality, and suicide-prevention.
Dr. Paul Cantz, Course Coordinator
Dr. Paul Cantz is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine. He is also the Coordinator for the UIC Program in Religion, Spirituality & Mental Health as well as Associate Director of Training/Assistant Professor at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Cantz works as the Supervising Psychologist at Hartgrove Hospital's Partial Hospitalization Program and maintains a small therapy caseload at a community-based mental health clinic on the north side of Chicago. He has published on the intellectual foundations of psychiatry/psychology, the psychology of religious conversion, cross-cultural concepts of feminism, and the psychodynamics of music.
Image: Detail of Untitled, 1959, oil on canvas,
by Milton Resnick, Spertus Collection