People often talk about learning from the past, but we may fail to recognize how each person’s past affects one’s present. Families and the events of childhood shape our inner workings. We are left marked by them and affected for years to come, even without recognizing it. In this course, you will learn how the first years with mothers, later years with fathers, and even later traumatic events can impact people, their relationships, and spiritual lives.
Certificate Program Description
This course brings explores how early life experiences in the family as well as later experiences of trauma impact our ability to love, be loved, and form healthy interpersonal relationships and spiritual life. The content is well-suited for spiritual directors, particularly those working with women, but it may also be helpful to others in mentoring or guiding roles. The presenters draw on psychological research and theory as well as Catholic/Christian sources to present a holistic understanding of these topics and steps toward healing and growth.
By the end of this certificate program, participants will be able to:
- Compare the childhood and adult characteristics of the 4 attachment styles.
- Describe how attachment styles relate to a person’s relationship with God or relationship of spiritual guidance.
- Explain how the presence of the father impacts outcomes for children, mothering, and the developmental tasks of gender identity and separation and individuation.
- Describe recommendations for understanding fatherhood and assisting families where the father is absent.
- Describe factors that contribute to the ways a person experiences and responds to a traumatic experience.
- Explain how trauma may affect a person’s self-image and his relationship with God and some spiritual tools to aid in healing.
- Explain how a Catholic understanding of the self differs from a secular view of the self.
- Identify the place of love within the Catholic understanding of the self.
- Discuss how love affects the development of the self.
- Differentiate between the various types of intimacy and describe how they are interrelated.
- Explain individual differences in need and capacity for intimacy.