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025 | The Deepest Place: Suffering and the Formation of Hope

Preconference Workshops


Curt Thompson, M.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, and Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Our encounter with suffering has many sources—not least of which is ourselves. Indeed, some of our suffering will endure throughout our entire lives. How is it possible for us to form hope in the face of suffering? Moreover, how does research from interpersonal neurobiology, within a biblical narrative of what it means to be human, point us in that direction? This workshop will explore the nature of how suffering emerges; the critical role that is played by intra- and interpersonal isolation in its formation; the crucial elements required for a clinician to respond to suffering; and the neuroscience and clinical application of neuroplasticity that will enable the clinician to guide their clients to places of hope.

Learning Objectives

Define the various forms of human suffering.
Show the various forms of human suffering.
Identify the significant interpersonal neurobiological features of suffering.
Summarize findings from neuroplasticity, attachment and Internal Family Systems as helpful responses to suffering.
Illustration how to help patients engage in practices that help shift their experience from suffering to hope.