The impetus for founding our Society coalesced in 2007 when around 40 psychologists including approximately 25 CAPS (Christian Association for Psychological Studies) members in attendance at the CAPS convention in Philadelphia, gathered at the residence of Marie and Lowell Hoffman to consider how they might work together to reinvigorate an appreciation for psychoanalytic theory and practice in Christian behavioral health enterprises. The Hoffmans, both licensed psychologists and psychoanalysts, had long held such a vision, one which they carried into Christian circles from their decade long training at New York University's Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.
Clinicians and educators in attendance at this gathering became charter members of the Society for the Exploration of Psychoanalytic Therapies and Theology (SEPTT) which has since grown to nearly 500 national and international members. CAPS members of SEPTT organized the psychoanalytic track which was first offered at the 2009 CAPS convention in Orlando. After years of planning our institute, the psychoanalytically-trained members of SEPTT initiated the first year of training candidates with an in-residence and distance-learning curriculum in Summer 2012 under the guidance of Brookhaven Center, the psychology practice of Marie and Lowell Hoffman.
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