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Detailed information about the 2021 Forum is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2020 Forum for a look at the quality of instructors, teaching, and content that will be available in the 2021 Forum's Networks. 

2020 European Professional Counsellors Network

The European Professional Counsellors Network is for professional counsellors and professional counsellors in training. In this year’s programme, we will examine how the biblical worldview impacts Christian therapy. We explore the Christian doctrine of justification, shame, guilt, and addiction. We will touch on various topics including sex, sexuality, and parenting.

The programme will feature lectures, small group discussions and a case study. Each session will have small groups in which the lectures and lecturer-provided questions will be discussed. Participants will be given a written summary of the case prior to the Forum. At the Forum, the cases will be discussed in small groups in order to provide a more participatory style of learning.

Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

 

NETWORK LEADER

Lori Pritchard is a therapist in individual, marital, and family counseling. She works with clients who have little spiritual interest as well as those who pursue Christian counseling. She is also involved in prayer ministry and mentoring in areas of education, discipleship, and ministry. She has master’s degrees in theology and clinical psychology from Wheaton Graduate School and has been in practice for 19 years.

 

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

Eric L. Johnson is professor of Christian Psychology at Houston Baptist University. He taught psychology for 10 years at University of Northwestern and counseling for 17 years at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to writing more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, he edited Psychology and Christianity: Five Views, and was a co-editor of Marriage: Its Foundation, Theology, and Mission in a Changing World. He has written “Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal” and “God and Soul Care: The Therapeutic Resources of the Christian Faith.” He was the first director of the Society for Christian Psychology and has been doing pastoral counseling for 20 years. He’s married to Rebekah, and they have two children, Laura and Iain, and a son-in-law, Rich. They have two grandchildren, Cash and Jedi

Emőke Tapolyai is a clinical pastoral counsellor and an executive coach. She received her M.A. in clinical pastoral counselling from Ashland Theological Seminary, a division of Ashland University (Ashland, Ohio, USA). She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counsellors (AACC), Hungarian Association of Sexologists, and the Professional Association of Coaches.

 

Richard Winter is Professor Emeritus of Counseling and Applied Theology at Covenant Seminary in St Louis, USA, and has served as one of the leaders of the European Counsellors Networks.  He is also a psychotherapist and counsellor - who trained in medicine and psychiatry in England before – and was on staff and was director of the English branch of the L’Abri Fellowship for 14 years. He has served in a variety of pastoral and teaching leadership roles in the church.  He is the author of When Life Goes Dark: Finding Hope in the Midst of Depression (IVP, 2012); Perfecting Ourselves to Death: The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfectionism (IVP, 2005); Still Bored in a Culture of Entertainment: Rediscovering Passion and Wonder (IVP, 2002); and numerous professional journal articles.  He is married, with four children and nine grandchildren.

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Day 1

The Beauty and Brokenness of Sex: Sexual Addiction - Part 1
Richard Winter

Sex is a wonderful gift from God to be enjoyed within the boundaries our Creator has revealed in Scripture. It points us to the deep intimacy we will one day have with the Lord. Sadly, it is also profoundly misused in many ways, especially with the constant temptation of pornography.  We easily become addicted to the rituals and pleasure of sexual arousal and release, thus damaging ourselves and others who are caught in the porn and sex trade industry throughout the world. To break free from compulsive and addictive dependence on sex, we need the help of others in the body of Christ to understand the broken places in our hearts.  We also need the grace and forgiveness of our loving Father and a restored vision of the goodness and beauty of God’s plan for our flourishing as sexual beings.

The Beauty and Brokenness of Sex: Sexual Addiction - Part 2
Richard Winter


Day 2

Law or Love: Everyday Questions in Raising Kids God’s Way
Emoke Tapolyai

Parenting is one of the biggest challenges in today’s society. Christian parents are challenged daily about the roots of their convictions. What do we believe about discipline, expectations, punishment, and family rules? On the other hand, what does love, forgiveness, encouragement and deep connectedness in a healthy Christian family look like according to God’s word? Christian families are continuously put on the front line of belief systems while their children are at risk. In this lecture and these discussions, participants will talk about these challenges and receive guidelines for helping parents raise healthy children by Biblical principles.

Case Study
Emoke Tapolyai


Day 3

The Value of Negative Emotions
Eric Johnson

Humans are wired to favor happiness over unhappiness. Yet, they were created with the ability to experience a number of negative emotions: sadness, anger, anxiety/fear, shame, and guilt. The purpose of these emotions in a fallen world will be discussed, along with some basic guidelines for how to deal with them Christianly.

Justification by Faith
Eric Johnson

 


Day 4

Coping with Anxiety in a Dangerous World – Part 1
Richard Winter

Just as the biblical writers faced many dangers in their time, we are now starkly faced with our own anxieties and fears. Are worry, anxiety and fear signs of lack of faith?  Does God promise to protect us from all evil? How do have our minds renewed in relation to these emotions? Does Scripture address panic attacks, phobias, OCD and PTSD? Are there psychological and medical therapies for anxiety that are helpful for both Christians and non-Christians? Is medication helpful? Can we call these “common grace remedies” gifts from God to a hurting world?

Coping with Anxiety in a Dangerous World – Part 2
Richard Winter

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