Becoming (more) Fully Human

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.

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 or our client’s stories.

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 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. Another way of talking about this reality is through the lens of attachment theory.

This day seminar will:
• Bring together Trinitarian theology and an attachment based developmental paradigm of human flourishing. relationality
• Provide participants with an integrated view of human development and spiritual, emotional and psychological maturity
• Offer a framework for thinking about our understanding of God, the function of community, the significance of relationships, the influence of parents, Christian formation and personal growth

Date: Feb 15th 2019
Time: 9:00 (registration) starts at 9:30 ends at 4:00

Wesley Conference Centre
220 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9263 5567

Full Price: $290 Australian Dollars, $330 New Zealand Dollars
Student price: $160 Australian Dollars, $174 New Zealand Dollars

Book both events in Sydney and pay only
Full $450 Australian Dollars (instead of $580), $490 New Zealand Dollars
Student price $300 Australian Dollars (instead OF $580), $327 New Zealand Dollars

Deadline for registration closes Jan 26th
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 Jan. 15th when the catering order will go through:

Dr. Ruth Lawson-McConnell has a PhD in Counselling Psychology with more than 28 years’ of clinical experience. She is a counsellor, trainer and clinical supervisor, who has trained and worked in the UK, Canada before moving to New Zealand. She was a Senior Lecturer in Counselling at Laidlaw College, an adjunct lecturer at Morling College, Sydney and has a private practice in Auckland. Her areas of specialism include attachment-based counselling, neuro psychotherapy, 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 two adult daughters, their labradoodle, Panda, and two shy cats.

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15 Feb 2019


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


Full price: $290 Au ($330 NZ + GST) Student price: $160 Au ($174 NZ + GST)


Wesley Conference Centre
Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia


Ruth Lawson-McConnell
Ruth Lawson-McConnell
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