2013 International Conference : An Identity To Build, An Intimacy To Live: A Challenge For Families

The Research Chair "Sisters of Our Lady of the Cross" on the Christian Family and l’Institut de Pastorale des Dominicains à Montréal present

The 2013 International Conference:
 An Identity to Build, An Intimacy to Live: A Challenge for Families

October 3, 4 and 5 

Saint Paul University, Laframboise Hall, Room L120

Keynote Speakers Drs. Sue Johnson, Karen-Mary Yust, Karlijn Demasure and Jacques Arènes, four internationally renowned professors, will present enriching lectures. Seize this opportunity and be part of the discussion!

J. Arènes Jacques ARÈNES

Dr. Arènes is a professor at the Institut Catholique de Paris; research Director at the College de Bernardin and lecturer for the department of family and contemporary subject ethics at the Institut Catholique de Lille. He holds a doctorate in fundamental Psychopathology and Psychoanalysis from Université Paris VII, where he is a research associate for the Centre d’Études Psychopathologie et Psychanalyse. Dr. Arènes’ research work focuses on two areas of research: 1) psychopathology, psychoanalysis and anthropology of relationship building and subjectivity; with a particular interest in family dynamics; 2) psychology, psychoanalysis and anthropology the religious. He is the author co-author and director of several articles, books and academic works; the most recent of which include: « La famille: refuge narcissique ou espace de création du lien? », in La famille, héritage ou avenir ? (2011) La quête spirituelle hier et aujourd’hui. Un point de vue psychanalytique (2011);and le lien familial : questions et promesses (2012). 


K. DemasureKarlijn DEMASURE

Dr. Demasure is a professor, Dean of Faculties of Human sciences and Philosophy and Director of the research Chair "Sisters of Our Lady of the Cross" on Christian Family from Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON, as well as a visiting professor at the Institut de Pastorale des Dominicains à Montréal. She holds a doctorate in theology from the University of Leuven. Dr. Demasure’s research work focuses on studying Christian families, practical theology, pastoral counseling, sexual abuse of children and the themes of violence and spirituality. She is the author, co-author and editor of several articles, books and academic works; the most recent of which include: Accompagnement des victimes d’abus sexuel. Une réflexion sur la honte et la culpabilité chez l’adulte agressé(e) en tant qu’enfant, in Spiritualité et Counselling (2010) ; La passion pour le possible. L’histoire de vie comme instrument de l’accompagnement pastoral et spirituel  (2012); and Als vrede brengen wonden slaat. Uitzending, trauma en spiritualiteit (2013).


S. Johnson


Dr. Johnson is a distinguished Research professor at the Alliant International University, San Diego, CA, professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Psychology and Ottawa Couple and Family Institute/International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEFFT). She holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Dr. Johnson’s research work focuses on couple’s therapy; she is among the pioneering figures of the Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) model. She is the author, co-author and editor of several articles, books and academic works, the most recent of which are: Creating Connection: The Practice of Emotionally Focused Marital Therapy 2nd ed. (2004) Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook (2005) and Hold me tight: Seven conversations for a lifetime of love (2008). Thanks to her outstanding work, Dr. Johnson has received several honors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Belgium Association for Couple and Family (2009) and the Research in Family Therapy Award, from the American Family Therapy Academy (2005). Web sites: www. iceeft.com  www.holdmetight.net

K.M. YustThe Rev. Karen-Marie YUST

Dr. Yust is a Professor and Head of the Christian Education Department at the Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. She was ordained minister in the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) on July 7th 1991 and has served as pastor, Chaplain, Director, Resource Center and Director of Religious Studies for the same church. Dr. Yust’s research work focuses on nurturing spirituality and encouraging theological reflection across the lifespan. She has authored and co-authored several articles and books, the most recent of which include: Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality: Perspectives from the World’s Religious Traditions, (2006) ; “God is Not Your Divine Butler and Therapist!: Countering ‘Moralistic Therapeutic Deism’ by Teaching Children the Art of Theological Reflection” in Annemie Dillen and Didier Pollefeyt, eds., Children’s Voices, Children’s Perspectives in Ethics, Theology and Religious Education (2010) et “Being Faithful Together: Families and Congregations as Intergenerational Christian Communities” in Kevin Lawson, ed., Understanding Children’s Spirituality: Theology, Research, and Practice (2012).

Conference Program

Conference and Workshop abstracts

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Registration for Banquet Deadline: September 25, 2013

Languages: The conference will take place in English and French.

For questions about the conference, please contact:

Julie Nantel-Powell jpowell@ustpaul.ca or by phone 613-236-1393 ext. 2251