Minding the Soul: The Brain Sciences and Practices of Care
ACPE News 
|  February 3, 2020

About the Workshop
Insights from brain studies in recent decades have captured the public’s imagination and touched on virtually every dimension of human experience, from love and friendships, to trauma and addictions, to our confidence in free will, to our experiences of the transcendent and our trust in reason. Increasingly the neurosciences are confirming and challenging many of our most cherished notions of what it means to be human. In this workshop we will explore themes in recent brain research, including empathy, memory and trauma, story, ritual, and religious experiences. We will explore the implications of these findings for the practice of counseling, as well as the practices of care within personal relationships, congregations, and the public at large. Format will include lecture and group discussion.

February 28, 2020, 9am-3pm
Moravian Seminary, Bahnson Center
60 Locust St., Bethlehem, PA 18018
Fee: $60 (includes lunch + NBCC-approved CE)
Moravian Faculty & Staff: $15 for NBCC-approved CE
Contact Hours: 5
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For additional information, please email Josh Tonkay or call 610-861-1516.

Learning Goals
Participants will:

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  1. Obtain a basic overview of the field of neuroscience and its research on the relationship between the brain and
    the human experience.
  2. Explore themes in recent brain research, including empathy, memory and trauma, story, ritual, and religious
    experiences.
  3. Explore implications of recent brain research for counseling and other caregiving relationships.
  4. Consider specific practices of counseling and care based on recent brain research.
About the Presenter
Rev. Dr. David Hogue is Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology and Counseling at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is the author of Remembering the Future, Imagining the Past: Story, Ritual, and the Human Brain and several book chapters and journal articles exploring the intersection of ritual, liturgy, pastoral care and counseling, and the neurosciences. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), David is a member and past chair of the Society for Pastoral Theology where he helped develop the Pastoral Theology and Brain Sciences working group. His interdisciplinary interests are reflected in the range of his professional associations including the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, the International Academy of Practical Theology, the International Society for Science and Religion, and the North American Academy of Liturgy. He received the Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University in Religious and Theological Studies and the M.Div. degree from Christian Theological Seminary.