The Latest from Kalman J. Kaplan!
An evidence-based approach to mental health, including suicide prevention, which replaces the tragic ancient Graeco-Roman underlying narratives with hopeful Biblical ones (e.g., Elijah against Ajax, Job against Zeno, David against Coriolanus, Jonah against Narcissus, Moses against Oedipus, Rebecca against Phaedra, and Ruth against Antigone).
For more information on publications by Kalman J. Kaplan, see “Books” in the right-hand panel.
R14 Biblical Psychotheraapy. Reclaiming Scriptural Narratives for Positive Psychology and Suicide Prevention-RL
COURSE BRINGS BIBLICAL APPROACH TO
For too long the secular nature of contemporary psychology has been at odds with the beliefs of patients who find strength in their religious and spiritual traditions. But there is a way to bridge these differences. A new online course offered by the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in partnership with the Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Education in collaboration with the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning & Leadership is designed to teach clinicians, religious counselors, and students how to use biblical narratives as an alternative to or in partnership with the traditional clinical approach.
The course, A Biblical Approach to Mental Health, flows from the paradigm-shifting work of noted author Dr. Kalman J. Kaplan, Professor of Clinical Psychology at UIC’s College of Medicine and Founder/Director of its Program in Religion, Spirituality, and Mental Health. Dr. Kaplan teaches the integrative, 12-week course with Dr. Paul Cantz, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at UIC’s College of Medicine and Coordinator for the Program in Religion, Spirituality, & Mental Health.
The course provides a serious dialogue between religious and secular psychological and psychiatric
thought. The necessity of this inter-disciplinary rapprochement is especially important in light of recent horrific events, often involving destructive attempts to find meaning in a deterministic world. Biblical themes offer life-affirming principles, with the potential of freeing people from the secular, deterministic dependence on Greek thought that is inherent in much of traditional psychology, and especially in Freudian-based psychoanalysis.
The course addresses the fact that many psychotherapists are untrained in, and sometimes insensitive to, biblical narratives and religion, putting them out of sync with the general public. In fact, studies have found that more than 95% of Americans believe in a transcendent God, whereas as many as 75% of psychologists and psychiatrists do not (Harold Koenig, 2005).
The online format of the course provides opportunities for multimedia presentations, group projects and discussion, individual assignments, and personal reflection geared to the lifestyle of busy professionals. Participants in the course, who will interact personally through online chat and discussion groups, will compare Greek and biblical narratives regarding God, nature and the individual, men and women, parents and children, siblings, self and other, cycle versus development, body and soul, suicide and suicide-prevention, and a tragic versus a hopeful outlook on life. This course emphasizes “a loving God who can be seen practicing secure parenting,” fostering a resilient and purposeful individual who can withstand life stressors without resorting to the destructive violence or apathetic depression so endemic to our times.
The course has been approved for 36 continuing education credits by the continuing Social Work Education according to the policies of the Illinois Board of Professional Regulation, continuing education for Registered Nurses under the Illinois Nursing Association, and continuing education for Licensed Clinical Psychologists, Licensed Pastoral Counselors, and Hospital Chaplains. This course also offers 20 AMA Type 1 CMEs for physicians through the UIC Department of Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Kaplan and Dr. Cantz have also received endorsement from ACTS (the Association of Chicago Theological Schools). One of their member schools-Catholic Theological Union-has approved this course as a component in the curriculum for pastoral care and counseling. ACTS accepts the course for graduate academic credit at any of the consortium member schools and
For more information contact:
Kalman J. Kaplan Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Department of Psychiatry (MC 912) and Department of Medical Education
University of Illinois College of Medicine
1601 W. Taylor
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Dr. Paul Cantz
University of Illinois at Chicago