International Orthodox Psychotherapy Conference
Held June 21-26, 2010
Chicago, Illinois

The 2010 International Orthodox Psychotherapy Conference was the most inspirational to date.
Attendees came from all over the US, Russia and Canada to hear the following presenters.

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Rev. Stephen R. Plumlee

Presentation Title:
Orthodox Vision in the Healing of the Human Self

Psychoanalysis has experienced shifts from intrapsychic to a relational or intersubjective model. This movement is remarkably consonant with an Orthodox vision of the self or the person. The more interpersonal vision can enrich the roles of Orthodox theology and anthropology in the psychotherapeutic action and of the therapy in the spiritual maturation of the subject.

Mother Katherine Weston

Presentation Title:
The Joys and Sorrows of Attachment:


Definitions of attachment from Attachment Theory and Church Fathers as it applies in Psychotherapy

The developmental line of human attachment
painful attachments; bonds mediated by struggle; Intrapsychic attachments (a
group dynamics approach to attachment)

Biblical & Patristic language attachment (Ancient Greek)
Introduce terms and translations (concrete rather than abstract language);
fFrom Genesis to Paul to Chrysostom (the metaphor of becoming one body)

Attachment in the Bible and the Church Fathers
Genesis, Paul (Ephesians), John Chrysostomon, other church writers on attachment

Attachment as an aspect of spiritual life
Spiritual images and bonding; Healthier attachments through spiritual life

Dialogue between Psychotherapeutic and Orthodox perspectives
Shared concerns in today's world; God images; Scriptural themes in attachment: trust, doubt, ambivalence, and struggle

Rev. Matthew P. Binkewicz, MA, CT

Presentation Title:
Grieving: An Orthodox Christian Perspective

Defining Grief, Loss, Mourning, and Bereavement
Review Modern Grief Theories ( Kubler-Ross, Rando, Worden)
Orthodox Christian Approach to Death and Dying
Individual Case Studies/Experiences offered by participants and discussion

Eugene Protsenko, Ph.D.

Presentation Title:
Christian Therapeutic Community in Rehabilitation of Addicts.

The presentation is to share our experience of forming a comprehensive system for alcohol and drug addiction prevention and treatment.

In our practice we have explored and tested different modifications of the TC structure, and have developed the low cost TC model in such a way that it can be easily replicated in other parishes. Thus we hope to make a significant contribution to resolving the addiction problems in Russia through helping people come to Christ.

Tatiana Filipieva, Ph.D.

Presentation Title:
Orthodox Psychotherapy In Modern Russisn Society

In modern Russian society orthodox psychotherapy becomes stronger and more popular among people. Orthodox psychologists meet at conferences to discuss actual problems and to exchange experiences.

The role of the intermediate position of the orthodox psychologists between the clergy and the psychiatrists is the necessity of our days.


Stephen Muse
, Ph.D.

Presentation Title:
The Murder of Christ:
Diagnosis and Treatment for Post Traumatic Spiritual Disorder of Humankind

An inquiry into the ongoing spiritual warfare between Mammon and Christ which occurs in every human heart and in all the world throughout historical time

The relationship between Divine Liturgy (holy koinonia) of the church's worship and the cosmic liturgy (koinonia) of existential life of the church in the world will be considered as seamless as the two natures, human and divine, in the one person of Jesus Christ

By using the Murder of Christ (Theanthropos) as the primary reference point for diagnosis of what is being called Post Traumatic Spiritual Disorder of humankind beginning with the Creation and Fall of humanity and continuing until the end of historical time, special emphasis will be given to implications for offering Pastoral Care and Counseling to persons within our current cultural context in America and the world for the healing of this condition and the full growth and development of humankind.

Dr Frank Johnson

Presentation Title:
Sexuality, Birth, Contraception for Orthodox Christians

Many of the fathers of the Church state that nature is a revelation of God.

My presentation will be based on that assumption and its implications explored
in relationship to the human body as a whole.

It will include discussing the physical, emotional and hormonal states. In particular
its reference to sexuality, birth, menstruation and contraception will be emphasized.

Vasiliki and Fr David Eckley

Presentation Title:
Person, Culture and Beyond: Orthodox Anthropology and Psychotherapy Today

In this two-part workshop, we will consider the concept Anthropos, the possible human, and the healing of the psyche.

In the first half, the human individual is considered as a body expressed in one of two morphes, and a tri-partite soul ontically formed for spiritual connection to the uncreated source of being.

In the second half we address the potential of the psycho-somatic, dimorphic being as a resource for human culture. Following Margaret Mead, we will consider male and female as resources for human culture that all societies have used but none has yet used to the full.


Anastasia Carol Kruse, LCPC

Presentation Title:
Converts: Issues with Assimilation

In Christ, every convert has a story. Most describe transition over time, deep with struggles to find the true faith and spiritual direction for their lives. They may also come broken and seeking hope for healing yet without understanding the handicaps of Western thinking to fully embrace a mystical path through emotions such as anger, disappointment and loneliness.  

While the richness of Orthodoxy beckons and stirs the yearning to belong, converts also report unexpected difficulties, pain and solitary confusion in the process of making needed changes. Reframing the journey as spiritual struggle in all issues can allow a healthy response in confronting their own patterns of thinking and inherent attitudes such as ethnocentrism as a barrier in experiencing oneness in the body of Christ.

This workshop presents common issues in helping converts address problems such as assimilation of cultural differences and integrating psychological and spiritual approaches in exploring adaptive processing to reframe experiences and actions in movement towards theosis.   

Archbishop Lazar (Puhalo)

Presentation Title:
The Neurobiology of Sin

The Orthodox Church serves as a spiritual hospital, yet many clergy are not trained nor equipped to deal with human problems.

There is confusion in discerning spiritual problems from those based in psychiatric conditions. Understanding the limits of competance in these areas is a challenge for clergy. Learning to recognize who should be referred to qualified professionals and how to ask the critical questions is the basis of my presentation.

Cooperation with mental health care providers is the key to providing the right solution.

Michael Huber,MA

Presentation Title:
Identifying Your Passion: Orthodoxy and The Enneagram

Since the 1970's, the Enneagram has grown in popularity around the world. Since the Enneagram uses the language of the neptic Fathers ("passions") there is an overlap in using the Enneagram to identify those energies within the self that drive unconscious behavior and decision making.

The Enneagram can serve to help the individual identify the main passions as a self-observation, self-knowledge tool - - something the neptic Fathers strongly taught.

The problem is: are the passions of the neptic Fathers of Orthodoxy the same "passions" of the Enneagram. Observation of character structure adds to the depth of the neptic Fathers and promotes Orthodox healing.

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