Building a Theological Foundation for the Counselling Room Workshop
Date: 6th May 2023
Location: MST/Online (5 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna)
In this workshop, Michael seeks to assist professional Christian counsellors by providing them with a sound theological basis for understanding mental health concerns. The workshop is divided into two main parts, A) Theology & Mental Health and B) Doing Theology in the Counselling Setting. In the first part, we will focus on anthropological foundations at the intersection of theology and psychology, Theology & Wellbeing, Flourishing in Tensions and Questions of Suffering. The second part will deal with aspects of effective self-regulation, insights from history (e.g. Martin Luther’s approach to soul care), Theology & Therapy. Participants will be enabled to apply their theological understanding to the professional counselling practice. It will enable them to reflect upon their existing theological framework for understanding mental health concerns and modify this as necessary in light of biblically informed theological principles, with a view to application in the counselling room.
Presenter: Rev Dr Michael Bräutigam
Michael Bräutigam Michael established the Centre for Theology and Psychology at MST/Eastern College and is currently serving as the Director of CTP. He studied psychology in Germany (University of Trier) and theology in Scotland (University of Edinburgh). He currently teaches both disciplines at Melbourne School of Theology (MST)/Eastern College Australia. He is an ordained minister with the Free Church of Scotland, serving as co-pastor at Wattle Park Chapel, Melbourne.