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Jewish Psychology: From Theory to Self-Actualization

Jewish Psychology: From Theory to Self-Actualization

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 to Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Course 3118 | 3 credits
Open for audit and degree credit | For degrees students, meets MAJS elective/concentration requirements and DSJS elective course requirements

Takes place onsite at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
8 class sessions, Tuesdays 6:00-9:00 pm | April 17 through June 5, 2018

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The life of the soul is deep, mysterious, and complex, which continually challenges us to seek new insights and growth. Judaism is deeply concerned with human well-being, at both the individual and communal levels, and provides a profoundly textured view of human nature.

The emerging field of Jewish Psychology reflects a Jewish understanding of the complexities inherent to the human psyche and offers new approaches and models to achieve a deeper understanding of life’s challenges within our modern context. Utilizing Jewish sources and concepts, this course will engage its participants in new ways to think about their personal, professional, and communal lives, applying Jewish Psychology to offer novel approaches, methods, and models as paths for personal change, growth, and healing. Session topics include personal development, interpersonal relationships, resilience, and life transitions. The course will engage classical and modern Jewish texts via case studies and havruta (paired study).

Dr. Maya AvinadavDr. Maya Avinadav is the founder and director of Inspired Jewish Learning. She earned her Doctorate in Jewish Studies from Spertus Institute and her MA in School Counseling from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Fluent in Hebrew, Dr. Avinadav delves into both academic and spiritual aspects of Jewish texts, drawing on 25 years of teaching and counseling experience to offer spiritual and intellectual exploration of Jewish wisdom.