Being Human Podcast - Episode 84: What Does Catholic Anthropology Even Mean? w/ Dr. Bryan Violette (Certification Series: Part 1 of 12)

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 84 of the Being Human Podcast: What Does Catholic Anthropology Even Mean? w/ Dr. Bryan Violette (Certification Series: Part 1 of 12)

Dr. Greg frequently refers to the importance of grounding our understanding of psychology in a “Catholic anthropology.” But what exactly does that term mean? And why is it a necessary foundation for the study of psychology?

In this episode - the first of a 12-part series geared towards introducing each course of our new certification - Dr. Greg welcomes Dr. Bryan Violette back to the show to unpack these questions and more! 

Discussed in this episode:

  • Defining Catholic anthropology and how it can help us understand what it means to be human;  
  • The way experiences in our family of origin impact our psychological development; 
  • Pope St. John Paul II’s personalism as an integration of phenomenology (a contemporary philosophy which emphasizes subjective experience) into objective Thomistic thought;
  • Differences between Thomistic philosophy and Pope St. John Paul II’s personalism;
  • Catholic anthropology as an essential foundation to working and walking with people in an authentically Catholic way; 
  • The role the unconscious plays in our thoughts and patterns of behavior; 
  • The first step of the commandment to love according to Pope St. John Paul II; 
  • The weight of responsibility carried by mental health professionals and the need for proper preparation, training, and personal development to provide ethical care. 

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About Dr. Greg and the CatholicPsych Institute

Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist and founder of the CatholicPsych Institute. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology.

Before his degree, Dr. Bottaro discerned a religious vocation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. Under the mentorship of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, this experience helped him form a spirituality based on Abandonment to Divine Providence which he now applies to psychological principles in his practice. He learned from Fr. Benedict how to discern God's voice and live a life in service to others.

Six years after leaving NYC as a friar, he returned as a psychologist. The CatholicPsych Institute began there in 2012 and has since grown to 5 offices with 12 therapists serving clients around the globe.

Dr. Bottaro now lives in Connecticut with his wife Barbra and their six children. He actively avoids watching the news and spends his free time thinking up crazy new ideas on how to make the world a better place.