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Friday & Saturday, September 15 & 16, 2017

Belmont University at Williamson County
310 Billingsly Ct.

Franklin, TN 37067


Pastoral Psychotherapy and the Ethics of Electronic Communication:

Personal and Professional



Friday, September 15, 2017 

              2:00 – 3:45PM         TNAPT Executive Committee

              4:00 – 5:15PM         Town Hall Meeting (All Members of AAPC and colleagues interested in spiritually-integrated psychotherapy are encouraged to attend this important meeting about the potential creation of a new organization)

                         5:15PM          Break for Dinner (Everyone on their own)

                         7:15PM          Welcome

                         7:30PM         **Dr. Ron JohnsonTouched by a Screen?: Behavioral Telehealth and Pastoral Therapy  [1.5 CEUs]

                         8:30PM         Response and Discussion

               9:00 – 9:30PM         Social (No alcohol per requirements of Belmont)


Saturday, September 16, 2017

            8:30AM          Coffee/Pastries

            9:00AM          Welcome

            9:10AM          ***Dr. Jaco Hamman:  The Organ of Tactility: The Eye, the Internet, Sexual Pleasure and Personal Well-being  [3 CEUs]

            10:30-40AM   Break

            10:40AM        Educational Program continues

            12:00PM        Lunch (included)

 12:45 – 2:00PM        TNAPT Annual Business Meeting – Open to all. 



TNAPT Members: $25 (plus $50 Membership Dues, $25 for Retired Members)

Non-Members: $55 (if registered before August 31) $60 at the Door.


$25 for Friday Only

$35 for Saturday Only

Students & Recent Graduates: FREE

(Student TNAPT Memberships Available for $25, but membership not required to attend.)


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**Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30-9:00PM     Touched by a Screen?: Behavioral Telehealth and Pastoral Therapy  [1.5 CEUs]

Presenter: Ron Johnson, Ph.D.

Description: In this presentation, Johnson will explore the use of electronic communication with clients utilizing various platforms such as live video, telephone, e-mail, and texting. The benefits and risks will be evaluated. At the conclusion, the participants will be able to:

1) Understand the current regulatory behavioral telehealth environment in TN and some projections for the future.

2) Place behavioral telehealth in the larger environment of healthcare changes towards convenience, productivity and cost savings.

3) Discuss some advantages and disadvantages of behavioral telehealth in the context of psychological constructs of “connection” and theological constructs of “pastoral presence.”

***Saturday, Sept. 16, 9:00AM-12:00noon    The Organ of Tactility: The Eye, the Internet, Sexual Pleasure and Personal Well-being  [3 CEUs]

Presenter: Jaco Hamman, Ph.D.


In his presentation, Hamman explores the deepening relationship between persons and their use of the internet, especially as they seek sexual pleasure. First, Hamman draws on British Object Relations Theory to argue for the primacy of relationships and the need to be seen (especially the thought of Ian Suttie, D.W. Winnicott, Harry Guntrip and W.R.D. Fairbairn). Next, the presentation focuses on humanity’s deepening relationship with technology and its impact on human nature. Hamman argues that counselors need to facilitate growth in Self Intelligence as well as in Technological Intelligence. To concretize the theory, the eye is identified as “the organ of tactility” (Michael Taussig). The intimate relationship between the eye, sexual pleasure and internet pornography is discussed as ethical conundrums psychotherapists face. The case of a young man masturbating compulsively to pornography will be discussed to highlight a shift from sexual fantasy to sexual images. After the presentation, participants should be able to:

1. Argue for the importance of intimate relationships in personal well-being according to British Object Relations Theory.

2. Name the impact of humanity’s deepening relationship with technology on personal and relational well-being.

3. Discuss the ethical implications of persons seeking pornography for personal sexual satisfaction.

4. Identify criteria that can assist in evaluating when pornography has become life-depriving.