Becoming (more) Fully Human: Special Price/last chance to attend live event in NZ

The glory of God is humans fully alive, said the old saint Irenaeus of Lyon. Shalom or flourishing is another way of understanding being fully alive.

The journey of Christian faith is a journey towards becoming fully human – not an escape from our humanity. Since we are made in the image of the Trinitarian God who is Father, Son and Spirit, bound together in a mutual reciprocal relationship, our humanity is inherently relational. We therefore cannot understand our humanity and our Christian formation without understanding the significance, function and importance of relationships, and the embodied nature of relationships. Another lens to view this reality is through the lens of attachment theory, the science of relationships,blended with insights from neuroscience.

From a psychological, developmental perspective, we all grow older, but we don’t all grow up. In this seminar we will explore, from a Christian perspective, what it means to be fully alive, fully flourishing in each developmental life stage. Once we understand what leads to flourishing (or in psychological terms, the conditions for maximal emotional and psychological maturation) we can then gain some insights about what might be missing when we witness non-flourishing, stagnation or developmental stuckness, in our own lives or in the lives of those we care about and care for.

This seminar is for: Christian Counsellors, Spiritual Directors, Pastoral workers, Youth workers, Pastors and Relational Theologians or anyone interested in spiritual formation blended with Attachment theory/psychological and emotional maturation.

This day seminar will:
• Integrate Trinitarian theology and an attachment based developmental paradigm of human relational flourishing, blended with insights from neuroscience of what psychological rest and growth entails.
• Provide participants with an holistic view of human development: the process of spiritual, emotional and psychological maturity
• Offer a framework for understanding God, as a relational community of love, the primary attachment system of the Cosmos, the function of community, the significance of relationships, the influence of parents, Christian formation and all dimensions of personal growth.

SPECIAL PRICE: this seminar is usually $250 full price but since I am having it video-recorded I want to offer it at a very affordable rate. I am looking for a group of gentle gracious participants to present to. It is a last chance to see many of you before I leave these beautiful shores, and your last chance to attend an event put on by me, in person (as my events are now going to be all going online delivery), so  

Date: Monday Feb 17th 2020
Time: 9:00 (registration) starts at 9:30 ends at 4:30

Laidlaw College, 80 Central Park Drive, Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand,+Henderson,+Auckland+0610/@-36.8589558,174.6330214,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6d0d404373702cb7:0xa106a9824c740c25!8m2!3d-36.8589601!4d174.6352101

Full Price: $180 (+GST)
50% Student discount: $90 (+GST)

Deadline for registration closes Feb 7th
Cancellation policy:
Full refund (minus booking fee of $25) given with 3 weeks’ notice
50% refund given with 2 weeks’ notice.
No refund with less than one-week notice (but ticket is transferable to another attendee).

Special Dietary Needs if you have any special dietary requirements please email Ruth to specify these before Feb. 7th when the catering order will go through:

Dr. Ruth Lawson-McConnell has a PhD in Counselling Psychology with 30 years’ of clinical experience. She is a counsellor, trainer and clinical supervisor, who has trained and worked in the UK and Canada before moving to New Zealand. She was a Senior Lecturer in Counselling at Laidlaw College, an adjunct lecturer at Morling College, Sydney and ran a private practice in Auckland. Her areas of specialism include attachment-based counselling, neuro-psychotherapy, parent consulting on attachment/emotional/behavioural issues in children and teens, working with partners of sex addicts and betrayal trauma. She is a Professional Associate of the Neufeld Institute (Vancouver, Canada) having trained with Gordon Neufeld in his Attachment-based Developmental paradigm. She also has trained as a neurospychotherapist, and has specialist training in the Partners of Sexual Addicts Trauma model (APSATS). She has authored several journal articles, conference papers, and regularly presents professional development training in Australia and New Zealand. Ruth grew up in the Amazon region of Brazil, the daughter of Scottish Missionary parents; she currently lives in Red Beach, Auckland, New Zealand, with her labradoodle, Panda. She has two adult daughters.

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17 Feb 2020


9:00 registration- event from 9:30-4:30
All Day


Full price: $180 (+ GST) Student price: $90 (+ GST)


Laidlaw College Auckland


Ruth Lawson-McConnell
Ruth Lawson-McConnell