Center Seminar Series

How Our Faith Informs Our Practice

Monday, May 16, 2022

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT


Dr. Michael Lubbers
Dr. Michael Lubbers

 Michael Lubbers, PhD; Megan Ressel, MFT; and Aaron Mitchum, LCPC, will present

"How Our Faith Informs Our Practice"

as the last of our 2021-22 academic year Monday night seminar series!


 Michael B. Lubbers, PhD is a psychologist-psychoanalyst in private practice and a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst with the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute. 


Megan Ressel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Kansas City. 


Psychanalytic theory and analytic treatment evolved as a tradition free of one’s personal values and beliefs. In recent decades, such objectivist strivings have been challenged as unrealistic in such an intimate human encounter as psychotherapy.  How our personal values and deeply held beliefs inform our practice has become a lively and complicated conversation in our field. Perhaps the most challenging of topics is the role of the therapist’s faith in practice.  Three practitioners from three differing Christian traditions will describe their faith journey across their analytic careers.   



After attending this session, participants should be able to:

1.       Describe how their personal beliefs might inform their practices—helpfully and/or unhelpfully.

2.       More comfortably engage in discussions with colleagues about the role of faith in practice. 

3.       Apply the experiences of the presenters to their own situation, particularly when working with patients who are actively practicing a faith tradition. 

Date and Time: Monday, May 16, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm CST

A Zoom link will be sent on May 13th!

This seminar is open and free to the public! 


1.5 CEUs/CMEs will be offered for this seminar, FREE to Center Members.

 The cost is $30 for Non-Center Members for a certificate of attendance.*


  *Details about how to receive your CEU certificate will be provided during the seminar.




 Helpful Information to Access and Participate in the Center Seminar
·     We strongly recommend that you use your PC or Mac for this meeting rather than phone or tablet, as the reception and functionality is much better.
·     When you enter the meeting, you will be in mute. This is to ensure that we are not overrun with random sound from each participant’s microphone.
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 Continuing Medical Education Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

 The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.  -Updated July 2021-

About the Center

The Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is a nonprofit organization which provides a forum for discussion of theoretical, cultural, and clinical ideas regarding psychoanalysis, as well as networking opportunities for professionals, through community forums, professional workshops and annual film series. Membership is open to any person with a serious interest in psychoanalysis. The Center is the parent organization of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute, which provides post graduate training in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. More information about the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is available at