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043 | The Role of Emotional and Relational Intelligence (E.R.I.) in Treating Anxiety, Depression, and Social Isolation

Preconference Workshops


Gary J. Oliver, Th.M., Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, and Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Christ said, “… I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10, NKJV). Unfortunately, the sad reality is that most people, including Christians, are not living or enjoying the “abundant” life that our Lord designed us to experience. Starting with a sound biblical and theological foundation, then building on the emerging science of Emotional and Relational Intelligence (ERI) and recent developments in Interpersonal Neurobiology, this workshop will address treating the major mental health issues of anxiety, depression, and social isolation. Participants will learn the specific diagnostic criteria for each disorder and then, using the ERI lens, acquire biblically-informed practical and precise ways to help Christian clients dealing with these significant mental and emotional concerns. Licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders will leave this workshop with a significantly expanded therapeutic “toolkit” to increase their effectiveness with a wide range of clients.  

Learning Objectives

Identify the practical implications of the Imago Dei and the process of sanctification in helping Christian clients change and become growth-focused, as well as review recent research (Killen, Panksepp, Siegel) on how three specific neural pathways can become dominant in their lives and central to understanding personality development 
Apply 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 they can equip and empower clients to grow and become more successful in treatment with licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders 
Identify 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 lens, help effect meaningful growth and increased health