Forum speakers discussed the following topics: child aggression and ways to identify it, the nature of childhood trauma and their impact on relationships in adulthood and trust in God, the biblical way of healing of trauma and the essence of a mature life, the nature of fixation disorder and its relation to with the child-parent relationship, the Christian psychology and how it differs from secular psychology, the role of hearing in the healing process, the influence of personality of a Christian psychologist on the healing process, the prospect of Christian psychology in Ukraine and its further development.
The Forum was opened with a welcoming speech on behalf of the evangelical churches of Donbass by Pavel Minaev, a president of the Association of Missionary Churches “Light of the Gospel”. In his speech Pavel Minaev stressed the importance of the Forum within the walls of the University, because a university is a place where dialogue between Christian teaching and the scientific, philosophical and psychological knowledge is possible. "The Christian University becomes a kind of "spiritual parliament" of our evangelical unity of the region and the country. DCU is a place where the preaching of the Gospel and the doctrine of Christ come into contact with philosophical ideas," - said P. Minaev.
The conductor of the Forum Anna Lyanna, a representative of the Alliance of Christian professionals of Ukraine in her opening speech said that the Forum was a continuation of two important events: the National Conference of Christian Psychologists (Dnepropetrovsk, May 28-29, 2011) and a round table that was held in Kiev, during which the concept of the Christian Association of Psychologists in Ukraine was discussed.
Veronica Voloshina, the director of center of discipleship "Life", in her lecture titled "Consulting: Life, received in return", emphasized: "The essence of Christian counseling is that by stimulating the deep personal change, we are to learn to rely not only on our own strength, but also rely on God, His grace and support". This phrase emphasizes the nature of Christian psychology, which should be understood not only in light of its beliefs about the world and a man, that is in light scientific concepts exclusively, but, primarily, through the living presence of God in Jesus Christ and in man by the Holy Spirit.
The method of Murray is a unique psychotherapeutic method which proves that only working with the root causes that led to an addiction the successful result is possible, but the surface efforts of behavior change only causes a shift of addiction to the other.
Big interest of the Forum participants was drawn by master classes, because their subjects were urgent and relevant. The classes were devoted to clinical psychology, child therapies, spiritual therapies, and preventative help of a mentor.
One of the important events of the Forum for many participants has been the Skype conference with German Gartfild. Dr. Gartfild received an excellent education in the field of theology. He began to study psychology being the pastor of the church and wondering how to help people with AIDS and with nontraditional sexual orientation in his city. Dr. Gartfild’ approach to the issue of combination of psychology and Christian faith became real discovery for many participants. He answered the questions from the audience how to work with homosexuals and people with sexual perversions and has shown what scientific schools are acceptable to the Christian psychology. According to Dr. Gartfild’ opinion to be mature is to quit hoping on yourself and learn to be dependent on Christ, that is, to recognize your own limitations. Dr. G. Gartfild supported the establishment of the Association of Christian Psychologists in Ukraine.
Yana Vasilenko, clinical psychologist, abnormal psychologist, a worker of the Ukrainian Scientific-Research Institute for Social and Forensic Psychiatry and Drug Abuse, gave a presentation titled "Personality of a Christian psychologist. Peculiarities of Christian counseling." in which she noted the importance of emotional healing of church leaders. "Healed life is characterized by balanced relationship with other people. Healing must occur at all levels of the human being (spirit, soul and body). It is important to identify causes and pay attention to the wounds that were inflicted in childhood, because without complete healing the harmonious interaction during our ministry is not possible"- it was emphasized during the lecture.
Vyacheslav Khalansky in his lecture on "Prospects of Christian psychology" said that "Christian psychology is based on a Christian anthropology. Theology needs psychology and psychology needs theology. Secular psychology has lost the Christian concept of a man, so the secular sciences seem to return to those approaches where psychology views a human being as a mystery. Only Christian doctrine of man as the image and likeness of God gives us the foundation and perspective for the development of Christian psychology".
Teacher of psychology Oksana Pomazova noted that the Forum is a great joy and inspiration for young professionals Christians. "What I have heard from Dr. German Gartfild - she said - was such inspiration and encouragement to me. I believe that Christian psychology has great potential for the churches and society in general. After the Forum I found hope!"
Team of speakers and organizers (without V. Voloshina and N. Lapitskaya)
Prepared by Khalansky Vyacheslav, Anna Lyanna and Information Service of DCU.