SPFC Integration Lecture
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Douglas Anderson

Douglas Anderson, PhD, is an American Association of Pastoral Counseling diplomate, an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy approved supervisor, and a counselor and supervisor for Lutheran Counseling Network in Federal Way. Previously he taught and supervised in the Marriage and Family Therapy training program co-sponsored by Seattle Pacific University and Presbyterian Counseling Service (1974–91). He also served as executive director of Presbyterian Counseling Service (1983–91), and as interim director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Department at SPU (1998–99). More recently he taught family systems in the Pastoral Counseling program at Seattle University (2006–14). His career-long passion has been to integrate pastoral counseling and family systems therapy.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A day of research, celebration, and learning. The featured lecture by Pastoral Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Supervisor Douglas Anderson will be preceded by student research sessions, the recognition of student achievement, and a lunch buffet.

SPFC Student Research Conference

10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | Upper Gwinn Commons


10–11 a.m.Research Poster Session I
11–11:30 a.m. Paper Presentations I
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Awards Luncheon
1–1:30 p.m. Paper Presentations II
1:30–2:30 p.m. Research Poster Session II

Lecture on the Integration of Faith
and Professional Practice

4:30 p.m.–6 p.m. | Demaray Hall 150

“Interweaving: Integrating Spiritual and Systems Perspectives in Therapy”

with invited lecturer
Douglas Anderson, PhD
Pastoral Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Supervisor

Spiritual approaches to therapy and family systems therapies can be woven together into a continually evolving tapestry. This process is embodied concretely in the person of the therapist and in the collaborative interaction of clients and therapists. Such an interaction aims not at “treatment,” but at a healing dynamic that stimulates the “who-ness” of both clients and therapists. In the process, therapists may best envision themselves not as spiritual experts but as companions on a journey with their clients. The transformation they both experience enables movement across the chasms of life-cycle challenges. Such movement is dependent not upon human efforts, but upon the intimate presence of a Transforming Spirit.