Psychotherapy: Loving Shame to Death

A Public Lecture with Curt Thompson

Laidlaw College’s School of Social Practice warmly invites you to a public lecture with Curt Thompson on Wednesday 17 May from 4.00 – 5.30 pm at the Henderson campus.

Healing in general, and psychotherapy in particular, is concerned with, among many things, the restoration of people to states of wellbeing. From a biblical perspective, the motivation to walk with people out of states of disintegration to integration is fundamentally one of love. One could say, then, that our primary mission in doing psychotherapy is to love people. And given that shame plays such a significant role in the brokenness of relationships, it becomes the primary target of love’s action. This workshop will explore, through the lens of interpersonal neurobiology, how psychotherapy is essentially about loving shame to death, leading to life in all its fullness.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Where Henderson Campus
When 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Cost Suggested koha $10
RSVP by Monday 15 May to events@laidlaw.ac.nz

About the Speaker

Curt ThompsonCurt Thompson, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia and the founder of Being Known, an organisation that develops resources to educate and train leaders about the intersection between interpersonal neurobiology, Christian spiritual formation, and vocational creativity. He is the author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves. He graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine, completed his psychiatric residency at Temple University Hospital, and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is actively engaged in learning and education as he supervises clinical employees and facilitates ongoing education groups for patients and colleagues. Throughout his career, along with treating adults, adolescents, and families, his main focus of clinical and research interest has been the integration of psychiatry, its associated disciplines, and Christian spirituality. He is a frequent speaker on the topic at workshops, conferences, and retreats.

He has specific expertise in the field of interpersonal neurobiology and how it reflects important tenets of the Christian faith, providing opportunities to comprehend and experience that same faith in fresh and trustworthy ways. Much of his work is now committed to training other professionals across cultures and in multiple vocational domains in the same material.

He and his wife Phyllis are the parents of two children and reside in Arlington, Virginia. He serves as an elder at Washington Community Fellowship, a congregation of the Mennonite church, in Washington, D.C. His duties there have included preaching, teaching, and involvement in the fellowship’s healing prayer ministry.