Society for the Exploration of Psychoanalytic Therapies and Theology


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 the 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 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. They named this new institute Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis and Christian Theology (BIPACT). After graduating three classes from BIPACT, the Hoffmans merged SEPTT with the current BIPACT in 2019, passing the mantle to Scott Hickman, a graduate from the first BIPACT class, as the new director of BIPACT (re-formed in Texas as the Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis and Christian Thought).

Original SEPTT Board of Directors

Lowell Hoffman, PhD - Founding Director
Marie Hoffman, PhD - Founding Director
Beth Brokaw, PhD (Deceased)
Brad Strawn, PhD - Chair
Earl Bland, PsyD - Chair Elect
Paula Hamm, MA
Philip Hudson, PsyD
Alistair Ross, PhD - UK/Europe
Jeff Terrell, PhD
Karin Wondracek, PhD - Brazil/South America
Natalia Yangarber-Hicks, PhD


Today, SEPTT exists as the outreach component of BIPACT. This community includes people on almost every continent, representing various faiths, creeds, races, cultures, and psychoanalytic backgrounds. We strive to be an ecumenical and accepting group who welcomes differing perspectives across the spectrum of theological and psychoanalytic schools of thought. We also strive to be dialogic about the issues facing Christians and psychoanalysis in today's world. Because we are connected to a 501c3, we are non-political and strive to have conversations rather than rancorous arguments so common in today's dialogues.

About the Listserve

The SEPTT Listserve is our primary way of communicating with the larger SEPTT community. Here, we discuss anything from issues of general mental health, psychoanalysis, things arising in the Church, and conversations about the arts (music, movies, etc.). We also strive to serve our community as a conduit for others to seek out referrals in different parts of the country and the world. Because we are a global community, we have members all over who are happy to help clinicians in need find resources for their referrals. Overall, the listserve is a place where we have a virtual community and serve as a support, an ear for new ideas, and a place to discuss the concerns at the intersection of faith and psychoanalysis.

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