Program News & Events

Online Course Offering
Spring 2014 
Instructor: Kal Kaplan, Ph.D.

The next 12-week offering of our online course is scheduled to begin on February 10, 2014. The course will be presented through the efforts of faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership. The course is designed to teach clinicians and clergy how to de-situate biblical narratives from their theological context and use them for counseling. Please contact Dr. Kaplan at "" for additional information.

NAASP Webinar
Date: September 12, 2013 
Time: 3:00pm 
Sponsored by the National Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Title: Overcoming the Tragic: A Positive Approach to Mental Health
Speaker: Kal Kaplan, Ph.D.

This webinar is premised on the idea that pastoral/rabbinic approaches to psychotherapy can be enhanced by employing Biblical narratives and thinking in a psychotherapeutic way to promote life rather than simply to prevent suicide. This represents a positive way to promote an individual’s capacity to activate and mobilize innate, perhaps even divinely-endowed, domains of resiliency to overcoming major life challenges. The approach has been developed in response to the implicit and even explicit Greek bias in mental health that has led to a limited and narrow view of psychological health.

About the Biblical Narratives in Mental Health Program

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Kalman J. Kaplan, PhD is Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and an adjunct in the Department of Medical Education at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. He is also Director of the Program in Religion, Spirituality, and Mental Health originally developed with the generous help of the Fulbright International Exchange Program and the John Templeton Foundation.

Dr. Kaplan is a social and developmental psychologist as well as a licensed clinical psychologist and has published widely in the areas of interpersonal and international relations and life-span developmental psychology, specifically concentrating on aging, family theory, and therapy. clients.

The Biblical Narratives in Mental Health program is aimed at providing a serious dialogue between religious and secular psychological/psychiatric thought around the conflicts between Classical Greek and Biblical world views and to address the disconnect between biblical religious /spiritual counselors and secular psychotherapists in four specific areas:

  • Knowledge of therapeutic techniques
  • Awareness of classical Greek biases
  • Knowledge of biblical narratives
  • The development of a biblical therapy

An online course titled "A Biblical Approach to Mental Health " has been developed that addresses twelve topics identified by Dr. Kaplan as key elements in the conceptual framework that can lead to a better understanding of the conflict between the classical Greek and the Biblical world view. Please contact Dr. Kaplan for more information about these programs at "".