The Theology and Psychology of Hope

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Leisa Aitken
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Hope and Design
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Hope and Design
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9.27.2019

Leisa Aitken is a practising psychologist who has discovered the significance of hope in human flourishing—but equally, she has discovered the shallowness of the profession's grasp of hope. She is now advancing a doctorate to integrate the richness of Christian hope with the practice of psychology. In the first talk, she takes us on her personal journey and introduces the points of interaction between theology and psychology.

In the second half of her talk, Leisa takes us into more detail into the applications and consequences of her new frameworks of hope. This is very significant and promising, as it lays the groundwork for a new paradigm in Christian growth as well as an enriched paradigm in counselling.

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Leisa Aitken

Leisa a Clinical Psychologist with a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Masters in Psychology (Clinical) from UNSW. She has done further training in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), a type of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) which she has found extremely useful, both personally and professionally. Her post graduate training has also been in Bowen Family Systems Theory which explores couple relationships, parent child interactions, and most importantly, looking at how all of these individual relationships are part of a much bigger whole.

She is currently undertaking further postgraduate study at the University of Sydney in Coaching and Positive Psychology. My thesis is on the topic of Hope – what is it that makes some of us, in the midst of chaos, able to look to the future with hope whereas others of us struggle to see the light at the end of the tunnel?

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