Cultivating Relationships in a Virtual World: Ethical, Spiritual, and Psychological Perspectives for Counselors and Other Helping Professionals

April 12, 2019, 10am-2pm
Covenant United Methodist Church, 212 W. Springfield Rd
Springfield PA 19064

Fee: Onsite: $60 (includes lunch)
Zoom Pricing: $50
Students $25
$15 for up to 3 NBCC Clock Hours

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About the Workshop
What does it mean to be and become a person in a virtual, technological world? And how do we understand the ethical, relational, spiritual, theological, and psychological implications of humanity's fascination and reliance on technology? Drawing on empirical research, neuroscience, object relations theory, anthropology, and theology, this workshop will offer counselors and caregivers an ethical, "best practices" framework that encourages authentic relationships within and beyond the confines of the therapeutic/care giving space. This workshop will also help participants to identify the necessary dynamics for humans to holistically flourish in an increasingly virtual world. 

Learning Objectives

  • To explore what it means to be human in a virtual age.
  • To understand the ethical, relational, psychological, spiritual, theological, implications of humanity‚Äôs use/reliance of technology.
  • Outline a best practice framework for approaching and using technology in counseling that fosters authentic, effective therapeutic relationships and integrates state and other professional counseling ethical codes.
About the presenter
The featured speaker is Jacco Hamman, a native of South Africa; Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture and Director of the Program in Theology and Practice at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, TN. Hamman holds certificates in Pastoral Psychotherapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Group Psychotherapy from the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute, Training Institute for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, New York, NY. His latest work is Growing Down: Theology and Human Nature in the Virtual Age.


For additional information, please contact the American Association of Pastoral Counselors at or 703.385.6967, ext. 1

The American Association of Pastoral Counselors is the sponsor of this program. The American Association of Pastoral Counselors is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5424. AAPC solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

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