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Psychology and Soul: The Intersection of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and the Religious Patient presented by Presented by Holly Crisp-Han, MD and Rev. Greg Han

posted Oct 6, 2020, 9:02 AM by Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Evening Speaker Series
Psychology and Soul: The Intersection of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and the Religious Patient
Presented by Holly Crisp-Han, MD and Rev. Greg Han
Thursday, November 5, 2020
7:30PM – 9:00PM CST

Zoom Presentation
*Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation
Registration Deadline: November 3, 2020

Registration Fees
Members: Free
Non-Members: $20

CME/CEU (1.5 hrs) Fees
Active & Student Members: Free
Friend Members: $20
Non-Members: $20

This presentation will address issues that may arise when working in a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic course of treatment with someone who is religious. The relationship between the religious and the psychological can be one that can be a productive and rich source of exploration in a therapeutic process, and can also create complexities that are challenging for the clinician to unravel. This seminar will explore the relationship between these two dynamics and how their relationship can be mediated within the psychodynamic process.

Rev. Han will address how religiously devout patients from a variety of religious backgrounds will bring ideas of faith as a key source of meaning in their lives. While their understanding of faith can be liberating, it can also be the source of conflict and an aspect of what brings the patient to psychodynamic treatment. While treating the religious impulse as sui generis, he will also assess religion as an intersection of multiple facets of the patient’s understanding of self. In all, the religious impulse of meaning and being connected with that which is both beyond the patient yet also within the patient needs to be approached with care, even reverence. Dr. Crisp will explore some of the complex challenges in working with patients in a psychodynamic therapeutic context regarding their religious and spiritual lives. She will look at how their faith gives both a sense of meaning and purpose, and may also contribute to conflicts within the self around beliefs or within the family/faith community. Furthermore, she will explore the dynamics of transference and countertransference that may unfold in these therapeutic dyads. She will explore challenging questions of self-disclosure when patients are curious about the therapist’s religious beliefs. The seminar will also provide time for the participants to engage in discussion with the presenters regarding their own clinical dilemmas and questions regarding these matters.

  1. Describe the complexity of the interactions between religious/spiritual and psychological dynamics in the psychotherapeutic encounter.
  2. Describe how the patients’ religious and faith backgrounds can provide key sources of meaning as well as conflicts from a dynamic perspective.
  3. Explain how to apply concepts of transference and countertransference to working with therapy patients around issues of religion and faith.

Since 1998, the Rev. Gregory Han has worked at the intersection of religion, education, and dialogue. After a year as a hospital chaplain, he served Presbyterian congregations for eight years. He then taught courses in the study of religion and ethics, as well as literature and writing for six years at the high school level, and he has also taught at the university level in the Honors College at the University of Houston. Since summer 2014, he has served as the Director of Interfaith Relations & Education at Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, where he works to build understanding and relationships across diverse faith traditions in one of America’s most diverse urban regions. He speaks and teaches regularly on religions of the world and interfaith dialogue. He holds degrees from Georgetown University and Harvard Divinity School.
Holly Crisp, MD is in the private practice of psychoanalysis and psychiatry in Houston. She is on the faculty of the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. She co-authored the 2018 book with Glen O. Gabbard, Narcissism and its Discontents: Diagnostic Dilemmas and Treatment Strategies in Narcissistic Patients. She previously co-authored Professionalism in Psychiatry and has also written papers on narcissism, the education of psychiatric residents, development of psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic identity, teaching boundaries and ethics, as well as boundary violations and mentalizing in the clergy. She teaches psychodynamic psychotherapy in the Baylor residency program and courses at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston. 
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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, and Houston Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

HPS, through co-sponsorship with the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, also offers approved CEs for social workers, licensed professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.