Chris R. Schlauch

Title
Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology and Religion and Psychology of Religion
Email
crschlau@bu.edu
Phone
(617) 353-4395
Education
B.A. Rutgers University
M.Div. Yale Divinity School
Ph.D. University of Chicago Divinity School

Professor Chris Schlauch accepted the position of Assistant Director for Professional Services at the Danielsen Institute at Boston University, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Psychology of Religion in the School of Theology and in the Graduate School, in 1985. Three years later he became a full-time faculty member. Professor Schlauch’s primary research interests have to do with methodology: how to coordinate research and scholarship among diverse traditions of inquiry in psychological, religious, and theological studies. He is currently formulating a theory of self (“a religious/theological anthropology”) that extends the legacy of William James, in terms of “the varieties of being religious.” Among the sources for these efforts are various movements in psychoanalytic theory—classical psychoanalysis, ego psychology, object relations, and self psychology—as well as scholarship in theology (systematic, philosophical, practical), comparative religion, philosophy, and sociology of knowledge.

Professor Schlauch served on the Advisory Committee of the Pastoral Counselor Examination Board, a group of faculty gathered with the express purpose of constructing a bibliography and a written examination by which states would assess competence of and license pastoral counselors. He served on the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Pastoral Theology, and continues to serve on the Editorial Committee of The Journal of Pastoral Care. He has served as an external reviewer for The Journal of Religion and on behalf of various presses. Professor Schlauch is a member of the Society for Pastoral Theology since 1986.

Publications

Books

Faithful Companioning: How Pastoral Counseling Heals. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995.

Psyche and Spirit: Dialectics of Transformation. Edited by W. W. Meissner, S.J., M.D. & Chris R. Schlauch, Ph.D. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2003.

Articles

“Revising Method in Psychological Studies of Religious Matters: From Repeating to Remembering and Working-Through.” Pastoral Psychology 54 (2006): 231-256.

“Deeper Affinities: Fundamental Resonances Between Psychoanalysis and Religion.” Pastoral Psychology, forthcoming.

“Introducing the Concepts of ‘Positions,’ ‘Space,’ and ‘Worlds’: Seeing Human Being and Becoming—and Religion—in New Ways.” Pastoral Psychology, forthcoming.

“Being-there-with-and-for: Contemporary Psychoanalysis Charaeterizes Notions of Being Religious.” Pastoral Psychology, in forthcoming.

“Less on Solid Ground than at Sea: Using Psychoanalytic Ideas in Developing a Pastoral Theological Approach to Pedagogy in the Academy in the Context of Pluralism.” Journal of Pastoral Theology, forthcoming.

“Pastoral Implications.” Lectionary Homiletics 12, No. 1 (December 2000): 3; 10; 16-17; 24; 31.

“G(ranville) Stanley Hall.” In Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart. vierte Auflage, edited by Hans Dieter Betz, Don S. Browning, Bernd Janowski, and Eberhard Jungel. Tubingen: J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck).

“Einfuhlung/Empathie (Empathy).” In Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart. vierte Auflage, edited by Hans Dieter Betz, Don S. Browning, Bernd Janowski, and Eberhard Jungel. Tubingen: J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck).

“Critical Psychologies of Religious Matters: A Late Modern Enterprise.” Pastoral Psychology 48 (1999): 107-127.

“Rethinking Selfobject and Self: Implications for Understanding and Studying Religious Matters.” Pastoral Psychology48 (1999): 57-78.

“The Need for and Contours of a Revised Concept of Faith: Implications for Pastoral Theology.” Journal of Pastoral Theology 9 (Summer 1999): 63-87.

“Neglected Questions at the Interface of Psychology and Religion.” Pastoral Psychology 47 (1999): 209-234.

“Pastoral Implications.” Lectionary Homiletics 8, No. 11 (October 1997): 5-6; 13; 20; 27.

“Mapping the Terrain of Pastoral Psychology.” Pastoral Psychology 44 (1996): 237-249.

“Reconsidering Psychology of Religion in Light of Winnicott and Kohut.” Journal of Pastoral Theology 4 (Summer 1994): 80-102.

“Pastoral Implications.” Lectionary Homiletics 5, No. 4 (March 1994): 5-6; 12; 19; 27-28.

“Who are We and What Does It Mean to Be a Pastoral Counselor?” The Future of Pastoral Counseling: Whom, How and for What Do We Train? edited by James McHolland. Fairfax, Virginia: American Association of Pastoral Counselors, 1993, 29-35.

“The Intersecting-Overlapping Self: Contemporary Psychoanalysis Reconsiders Religion–Again.” Pastoral Psychology42 (1993): 21-43.

“Pastoral Implications.” Lectionary Homiletics 3, No. 7 (June 1992): 2-3; 9-10; 16-17.

“Enhancing Transformative Change: The Praxes of Theologizing and Supervising.” Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry 13 (1991): 206-233.

“Functioning as an Ethicist in Pastoral Supervision: Casting the Questions.” Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry 12 (1990): 111-131.

“Illustrating Two Complementary Enterprises at the Interface of Psychology and Religion Through Reading Winnicott.”Pastoral Psychology 39 (1990): 47-63.

“Expanding the Contexts of Pastoral Care.” The Journal of Pastoral Care, 44, No. 4 (Winter 1990): 359-371.

“Empathy as the Essence of Pastoral Psychotherapy.” The Journal of Pastoral Care 44, No. 1 (Spring 1990): 3-17.

“Ego Psychology and Psychotherapy.” Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling, edited by R. J. Hunter. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1990, 344-347.

“Defining Pastoral Psychotherapy II.” The Journal of Pastoral Care 41, No. 4 (December 1987): 319-327.

“Defining Pastoral Psychotherapy.” The Journal of Pastoral Care 39, No. 3 (September 1985): 219-228.

“Critical Issues in the Psychology of the Self: An Annotated Bibliography.” Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry 5 (1982): 191-195.

“Narcissism Follows an Independent Line of Development: Implications for Psychoanalytic Therapy, Christian Theology, and Pastoral Psychotherapy.” Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry 5 (1982): 131-147.

Book Chapters

“Do I Hear What You Hear? Responding to ‘A Something More’ Transforms What is at the Heart of Us.” In Essays in Spirituality and Psychotherapy, edited by Merle Jordan, forthcoming.

“Varieties of Selves: A Study in Religious Matters.” In Psyche and Spirit: Dialectics of Transformation, edited by W. W. Meissner, S.J., M.D. & Chris R. Schlauch, Ph.D., 43-73. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2003.

“Prologue.” In Psyche and Spirit: Dialectics of Transformation, edited by W. W. Meissner, S.J., M.D. & Chris R. Schlauch, Ph.D., vii-xvii. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2003.

“Sketching the Contours of a Pastoral Theological Perspective: Suffering, Healing, and Reconstructing Experiencing.” In The Blackwell Reader in Pastoral Theology, edited by James Woodward and Stephen Pattison, 207-222. Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell, 2000.

“Classical and Contemporary Psychoanalytic Interpretations of Self: Implications for Religion and the Study of Religion.” In Psychological Perspectives and the Religious Quest: Essays in Honor of Orlo Strunk, edited by Lallene J. Rector and Weaver Santaniello, 105-123. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1999.

“Re-Visioning Pastoral Diagnosis.” In The Clinical Handbook of Pastoral Counseling, Volume II, edited by Robert J. Wicks and Richard D. Parsons, 51-101. New York: Paulist Press, 1993.

Book Reviews

Review of To the Greater Glory–A Psychological Study of Ignatian Spirituality, by W. W. Meissner, S.J., M.D. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 1999. The Journal of Religion 81, No. 1 (January 2001): 180-182.

Review of Hospitality to Strangers: Empathy and the Physician-Patient Relationship, by Dorothy M. Owens. Atlanta, Georgia: Scholars Press, 1999. Religious Studies Review.

Review of Taking a Step Back: Assessments of the Psychology of Religion. Edited by Jacob A. Belzen & Owe Wikström. Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 1997. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

Review of Thy Kingdom Come: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Messiah and the Millennium, by W. W. Meissner, S.J., M.D. Kansas City: Sheed & Ward, 1995. The Journal of Religion 77, No. 2 (April 1997): 333-334.

Review of The Development of the Notion of Self: Understanding the Complexity of Human Interiority, by William S. Schmidt. Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1994. The Journal of Pastoral Care 50, No. 4 (Winter 1996): 429-432.

Review of Psychotherapy: The Art of Wooing Nature. Sheldon Roth. Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson Inc., 1987.Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry 13 (1991): 287-289.

Review of The Art of Clinical Supervision: A Pastoral Counseling Perspective. Barry K. Estadt, John R. Compton, Melvin C. Blanchette, editors. New York and Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 1987. Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry 11 (1989): 260-262.

Review of The Illness Narratives: Suffering, Healing, and the Human Condition, by Arthur Kleinman. New York: Basic Books, 1988. The Journal of Pastoral Care 43, No. 3 (Fall 1989): 285-288.

Review of How Does Analysis Cure?, by Heinz Kohut. Edited by Arnold Goldberg with the Collaboration of Paul E. Stepansky. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1984. Journal of Pastoral Psychotherapy I, No. 1 (Fall 1987): 71-75.

Publications in Progress

Books in Progress:

The Varieties of Being Religious.

Another Way Around: Revising Method in Contemporary Psychological Studies of Religious Matters.

Interpreting Faith in Our Time: A Pastoral Theological Portrait.

Articles in Progress:

“Self, Other, World—Formed Before and Beyond Words: Early Psychological Development and Religious Sensibilities.”

Professional Presentations

“Graduate Programs in Pastoral Theology.” Society for Pastoral Theology, Annual Study Conference. Los Angeles, California. June 21, 2003.

“Graduate Programs in Pastoral Theology,” with Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. Society for Pastoral Theology, Annual Study Conference. Denver, Colorado. June 14, 2002.

“Graduate Programs in Pastoral Theology,” with Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. Society for Pastoral Theology, Annual Study Conference. Denver, Colorado. June 16, 2001.

“Graduate Programs in Pastoral Theology,” with Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. Society for Pastoral Theology, Annual Study Conference. Denver, Colorado. June 17, 2000.

Convener of “Psychoanalytic Research and Religion: Mental Illness, Conversion, and Spiritual Direction.” Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Boston, Massachusetts. November 7, 1999.

“Graduate Programs in Pastoral Theology,” with Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. Society for Pastoral Theology, Annual Study Conference. Denver, Colorado. June 18, 1999.

Participant in “Conference on Implications of Postmodernity for Teaching Pastoral Theology.” Denver, Colorado. June 15-17, 1999.

“Psycho/Theological Integration in Clinical Practice: A Consultation,” with Carole Bohn, Ed.D., Nancy Devor, Ph.D., and Merle Jordan, Th.D. American Association of Pastoral Counselors, National Convention. Albuquerque, New Mexico. April 29, 1999.

“Reforming Ph.D. Programs in Pastoral Theology,” with Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. Society for Pastoral Theology, Annual Study Conference. Chicago, Illinois. June 20, 1998.

Co-chair of “Theological Anthropology Study Group,” with Pat Davis, Ph.D., Perkins School of Theology. Society for Pastoral Theology, Annual Study Conference. Chicago, Illinois. June 19, 1998.

Co-chair of “Theological Anthropology Study Group,” with Pat Davis, Ph.D., Perkins School of Theology. Society for Pastoral Theology, Annual Study Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. June 13, 1997.

“The Two Analyses of Mr. J.” Presentation at the Research Conference, The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois. April 5, 1997.

“Faith in Process: Interdisciplinary Multimethod Research.” Presentation at Society for Pastoral Theology, Annual Study Conference. Denver, Colorado. June 15, 1996, with Carrie Doehring, Ph.D.

Panel member respondent to “The Way of the Spirit: Reflections on Spirituality and Psychotherapy,” with John McDargh, Ph.D. and Ana-Maria Rizzuto, M.D. Paper presented by Han van den Blink, keynote speaker at Taking on the Gods in the Practice of Psychotherapy, A Conference Sponsored by the Danielsen Institute at Boston University. Boston, Massachusetts. May 10, 1996.

Respondent to “Psychodynamic Aspects of Religious Beliefs: A Case of a Contemplative Nun.” Paper presented by Ana-Maria Rizzuto, M.D., at The American Academy of Psychoanalysis, Winter Meeting. Cambridge, Massachusetts. December 9, 1995.

“Examining Some Implications of Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory for the Theoretic and Empirical Study of Religion.” Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. November 21, 1995 (with Carrie Doehring, Ph.D.).

“The Essential Body of Knowledge for Educating and Training Pastoral Counselors.” Workshop presentation at the Annual Centers and Training Conference, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Clearwater, Florida. January 15, 1994.

“How Does Psychotherapy Heal?” The Main Speaker, the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Region of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Lake George, New York. November 13, 1993.

“Work-in-Progress.” Presentation at Society for Pastoral Theology, Annual Study Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. June 20, 1993.

“How Does Psychotherapy Heal? A View From Self Psychology.” Workshop presentation at American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Northeast Region Annual Conference. Boston, Massachusetts. November 7, 1992.

“Who Are We And What Does It Mean To Be A Pastoral Counselor?” Presentation at “The Future of Pastoral Counseling: Whom, How and for What Do We Train?” A Leadership Consultation. Mundelein, Illinois. September 11-12, 1992.

“Hearing Unexpressed Spirituality.” Workshop presentation at “Our Community’s Concern: Pastoral Care and AIDS.” Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts. June 2, 1992.

“Healing and the Wounded Healer.” Workshop presentation for the Rhode Island Conference of the United Church of Christ. Tiverton, Rhode Island. September 17, 1991.

“Teaching and Questions of Epistemology: Ph.D. Programs.” Workshop presentation at Society for Pastoral Theology, Annual Study Conference. Denver, Colorado. June 22, 1990.

“Ethics in a Changing Society: Ethics and Christian Ethics.” Presentation in the series, “Ethics and Social Responsibility: A Series of Sunday Evening Discussions.” Congregational Church of Weston. Weston, Massachusetts. January 7, 1990

“Assessment and Treatment Planning for Long Term Psychotherapy.” American Association of Pastoral Counselors, National Convention. New Orleans, Louisiana. April 30, 1987. (Panel member)

“Case Presentation from Various Perspectives: Family Systems, Self Psychology, Pastoral Counseling.” American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Northeast Region Annual Conference. Farmington, Connecticut. November 8, 1986. (Panel member)

“Introduction to Kohut, Self Psychology, and Pastoral Psychotherapy.” American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Northeast Region Annual Conference. Farmington, Connecticut. November 8, 1986.

“Multi-Theoretical Approaches to Intake and Treatment: A Case Presentation.” American Association of Pastoral Counselors, National Convention. Downingtown, Pennsylvania. April 12, 1986. (Panel member)

“Kohut’s Psychology of the Self: Expanding the Theoretical and Clinical Base of Pastoral Psychotherapy.” Part One: Clinical Introduction to Kohut. Part Two: Therapy as a Developmental Process. American Association of Pastoral Counselors, National Convention. Minneapolis, Minnesota. April, 1985. (Panel member)

“Pastoral Identity and the Activity of Pastoral Psychotherapy.” American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Central Region Annual Conference. Normal, Illinois. October 6, 1984.

“Kohut’s Psychology of the Self: Expanding the Conceptual and Theoretical Framework of Pastoral Psychotherapy.” American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Central Region Annual Conference. Normal, Illinois. October 5, 1984.

“Toward a Metatheory of Pastoral Psychotherapy: An Operational Model of the Activity.” American Association of Pastoral Counselors, National Convention. San Diego, California. April, 1984.