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Keeping in Touch: Corporeality of Psychological Experience is a Course

Keeping in Touch: Corporeality of Psychological Experience

Starts May 6, 2021

$25 Enroll

Full course description

Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 7-8pm (EST)-- Fully Online Lecture

CEs for LMHC, APA, and LI/LCSW will be submitted for review to respective credentialing bodies.


This event is free to the public, please use the promotional code ETHICSERIES13 to register at no cost.

This event is $25 for practitioners seeking CEs for this lecture. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and can not be adjusted at a later time. 


Our existence is increasingly lived at a distance. As we move from flesh to image, we are in danger of losing touch with each other and ourselves. How can we combine the physical and the psychological with the virtual, our embodied experience with our global connectivity? How can we come back to our senses? This talk will advocate for the cultivation of the basic human need to touch and be touched. 

In this Psychological Humanities and Ethics lecture, Kearney will argue that touch is our most primordial sense, foundational to our individual and common selves. Kearney explores the role of touch, from ancient wisdom traditions to modern therapies to demonstrate that a fundamental aspect of touch is interdependence, its inherently reciprocal nature, which offers a crucial corrective to our fixation with control - and broadens our understanding of psychological life as primarily one of isolation. Making the case for the complementarity of touch and technology, this lecture offers a passionate plea to recover a tangible sense of community and the joys of life with others.

Learning Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this presentation the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the phenomenology of touch, in the psychological and philosophical connections to the human experience
  2. Compare and contrast the ancient wisdom traditions and modern therapies that frame our understanding of ‘touch’

Timeline and Requirements:

The course will take place on Thursday, May 6, 2021.  This lecture is presenter-led and is a fully online experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via Zoom from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm (EST). 

CE Sponsorship: 

Application for CEs is being submitted for LMHC, APA, and LI/LCSW. We will update this section as soon as we hear back from the credentialing bodies.

Participants must attend the lecture in full and complete the post event survey to be eligible to receive CEs.

This lecture does not offer CEs for social workers or other clinicians not listed above. 

Fees & Policies:

This event is free if you are NOT seeking CEs towards your license. If you plan on seeking CEs for this lecture, the cost is $25. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and can not be adjusted at a later time.  

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes May 6th at 7pm. Refunds will be granted only up to the time of the lecture. No refunds will be granted for registration or technical errors on the participant's part (such as incorrect name/email, login failure, etc.).

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Richard Kearney

Dr. Richard Kearney

Richard Kearney holds the Charles Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College. He is director of the Guestbook Project for creative peace pedagogy and he has written many books on the philosophy of imagination and embodiment including The Wake of Imagination (1988), On Stories (2002), Strangers, Gods, and Monsters (2003), Navigations (2007), Anatheism (2011), and, most recently, Radical Hospitality (2021) and Touch (2021).