John 10:10 says that Christ has “come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” The sad reality is that most people, including Christians, are not living or enjoying the “abundant” life that the Lord designed them to experience. Emotional and Relational Intelligence and Spiritual Disciplines: Helping Clients Manage Anger, Anxiety, and Depression will address treating the major mental health issues of anxiety, depression, and social isolation by discussing emotional and relational intelligence and spiritual formation. In this course, you will learn the specific diagnostic criteria for each disorder and then, using the ERI modality, learn biblically informed practical and precise ways to help individuals dealing with these significant mental and emotional concerns. At the conclusion of this course, participants will gain significantly expanded therapeutic “toolkit” to increase their effectiveness with a wide range of clients.
- Analyze the practical implications of the Imago Dei and the process of sanctification in helping people change and become growth-focused, as well as review recent research (Killen, Panksepp, Siegel) on how three, specific neural pathways can become dominant in our lives, which influence personality development
- Outline the core distinctives of Emotional and Relational Intelligence (ERI)—what it is, what it isn’t, why it matters, and how it relates to personal, interpersonal, and spiritual maturity—and how ERI can equip and empower people to grow and become more successful
- Identify the diagnostic criteria for anxiety, depression, and social isolation, as well as specific and practical ways that biblical insights, psychological research, and some recent developments in Interpersonal Neurobiology can, through the ERI modality, help effect meaningful growth and increased health in clients
- Identify key factors of self-awareness in emotional and relational intelligence (ERI) and spiritual formation that can be utilized to facilitate, connect, and intervene in therapy with clients
- Apply psychologically oriented neurobiological approaches that empower clients to manage and resolve symptoms of anger, anxiety, and depression
- Describe and utilize techniques that use cognitive behavioral intervention, spiritual sensitivity to clients’ religious beliefs, forgiveness, interpersonal and intra- personal strategies and systemic approaches, and how to engage and treat difficult cases
Gary Oliver, Ph.D., is a husband, father, university and seminary professor, psychologist, author, and Professor of Psychology and Practical Theology at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He received his B.A. from Biola University, an M.Div. from Talbot Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in both Arkansas and Colorado.
Fred DiBlasio, Ph.D., is an author, professor, researcher and therapist. He is recognized for his clinical work in forgiveness, personality disorders, and clinical intervention with Christian clients. Dr. DiBlasio is a professor of the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland.
Course Lessons and Descriptions
ERI 101: Introduction of Emotional and Relational Intelligence
Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes 12 seconds
In this lesson, Dr. Oliver will introduce the topic of emotional and relational intelligence and discuss the ERI model of maturity, which is affected by neurobiology.
ERI 102: The Skills of a Healthy Counselor: Part 1
Runtime: 48 minutes 57 seconds
In this lesson, Dr. Gary Oliver will introduce skills that every counselor needs to be a healthy, effective people helper, such as emotional self-awareness.
ERI 103: The Skills of a Healthy Counselor: Part 2
Runtime: 59 minutes 21 seconds
In this lesson, Dr. Gary Oliver continues discussing skills that each counselor needs to be a healthy, effective people helper, such as emotional control.
ERI 104: The Skills of a Healthy Counselor: Part 3
Runtime: 35 minutes 54 seconds
In this lesson, Dr. Gary Oliver will continue discussing the skills that every counselor needs to be a healthy, effective people helper, such as empathy, and will introduce how mental health professionals can improve their empathetic responses to their clients.
ERI 105: Elaboration on Spiritual Formation
Runtime: 39 minutes 7 seconds
In this lesson, Dr. Fred DiBlasio will discuss the foundations of spiritual formation in addressing anger, anxiety and depression.
ERI 106: The Skills of a Healthy Counselor: Part 4
Runtime: 1 hour 8 minutes 27 seconds
In this lesson, Dr. Gary Oliver will wrap up his discussion on the skills that every counselor needs to be a healthy, effective people helper, such as managing relationships, and how the ERI modality can use stress the way God intended.
ERI 107: Holy Habits and Spiritual Formation
Runtime: 53 minutes 46 seconds
In this lesson, Dr. Gary Oliver will discuss the biblical foundation of the spiritual formation process and “holy habits” for every mental health profession.
ERI 108: Deeper Dive into the Wonderfully and Fearfully Made Brain
Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes 30 seconds
In this lesson, Dr. Fred DiBlasio will discuss neuroplasticity, neurobiology and the “fearfully and wonderfully” made brain.
ERI 109: Selected Clinical Techniques for Anger, Depression and Anxiety Symptoms
Runtime: 1 hour 19 minutes 20 seconds
In this lesson, Dr. Fred DiBlasio will discuss many different clinical techniques that can be used in treating anger, depression and anxiety symptoms.
ERI 110: Personality Disorder and Anger, Depression and Anxiety
Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes 15 seconds
In this lesson, Dr. DiBlasio will discuss personality disorders and their effect on anger, depression and anxiety.
ERI 111: The Nature of Depression and Anxiety
Runtime: 25 minutes 50 seconds
In this lesson, Dr. DiBlasio will discuss the nature of mood disorders and anxiety disorders as they affect client’s emotional intelligence.
ERI 112: Emotional Relational Intelligence in Clinical Practice
Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes 25 seconds
In this lesson, Dr. Gary Oliver and Dr. Fred DiBlasio will discuss spiritual formation and spiritual disciplines of the therapist and how to integrate these into clinical work and discuss techniques to implement with clients around the issues anger, anxiety and depression.