American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Neurology of Emotions and Relationships 2.0

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Dear Colleague:

Neurology and neurobiology are among the fastest growing and most dynamic fields in science today. Researchers are gaining new insights in the brain’s formation, growth, and ongoing capacity to adjust, change, and transform. Neurology of Emotions and Relationships 2.0 looks at the links between the brain, our emotions, human relationships, and intimacy, as well as the biblical construct of godly thinking and renewing the mind.

I am pleased to announce the next course in our professional development series, Neurology of Emotions and Relationships 2.0. This course offers helpful and practical insights for ongoing training. Presentations are biblically-based, clinically-excellent, theologically-sound, and tailored just for you—the Christian caregiver. This three-part series features noted Christian mental health experts, Fred DiBlasio, Curt Thompson, and Richard Winter.

Three, one-hour presentations include:
NER 101: Understanding the Brain: God’s Design, Mind Renewal, and Neuroplasticity

Presented by Fred Diblasio, Ph.D.

God created humankind in His image, which includes the brain and its ability to make choices (through free will), as well as the lifelong growth and renewal process now emerging from research in this area. In this presentation, Dr. DiBlasio examines transformation, mind renewal, basic neurochemistry, and the concept of plasticity as they relate to the development of neural-pathways and human relationships from a biblical perspective.

NER 102: Interpersonal Neurobiology: The Nine Domains of Integration

Presented by Curt Thompson, M.D.

Throughout the past decade, neuroscience research has increasingly demonstrated how the mind and all of its components represent an integrated process that is characterized as embodied, embrained, and relational. In this presentation, Dr. Thompson identifies nine major components of how these neurological processes are integrated. The importance of community influence and a biblical narrative of the mind are also explored.

NER 103: The Brain and Intimacy: Is it Romance or Just Chemicals?

Presented by Jared Pingleton, Psy.D.

We’ve all heard about it. Most of us have felt it. Many of us have said it. “Chemistry”… is it merely a sign of romance or an actual biological phenomenon? Dr. Pingleton explores the significant neurochemical bonding agents that are central to physical attraction, emotional connectivity, and the experience of feeling “in love.” Key scientific findings regarding the function and process of how the brain operates to develop attachment and intimacy in our closest interpersonal relationships are also examined.

When you successfully finish this program (more than 200,000 students have enrolled in a Light University course), you will earn a Certificate of Completion.

Continuing Education credits are also available, if needed, for mental health professionals.


Timothy E. Clinton, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT
President, AACC

World-class Faculty

  Fred Diblasio, Ph.D. Curt Thompson, M.D. Jared Pingleton, Psy.D.