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Camus for Clinicians: Morality, Meaning, and Justice in Confrontation with the Absurd is a Course

Camus for Clinicians: Morality, Meaning, and Justice in Confrontation with the Absurd

Sep 1, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022

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Full course description

September 15 - December 15, 2022 | 7-8:30pm (ET)-- Fully Online Learning Group

Eligible for 6 CEs for Psychologists and 4 CEs for LMHCs.


Camus begins The Myth of Sisyphus with the assertion that the problem at the heart of philosophy is the problem at the heart of all psychological life – the problem of suicide. Unless we find a reason to live, he insists, we will be condemned to a life of despair, one which lacks the courage needed to carry on in the face of an unjust and often terrifying world, a life lived without love. And yet, Camus insists, we want to live. We want to love. We want to make our lives not only meaningful but moral. We want to give of ourselves, resist injustice, confront inhumanity, and make the world a more beautiful place.

Participants in this four-month Psychological Humanities and Ethics learning group will meet from 7:00 to 8:30 pm ET on the third Thursday of each month from September to December to examine the ideas of one of the 20th century’s most important thinkers. Taking seriously Camus’s moral, political, and psychological insights, this series will offer an in-depth study of his major works and concepts – focusing particular attention on his understandings of absurdity, lucidity, rebellion, desire, and love.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this learning series the participant will be able to:

September 15 – Absurdity

  1. Describe Camus’s notion of the “absurd” and its import for his thought.
  2. Explain how absurdity impacts the individual psyche and the human community more broadly.
  3. Explain Camus’s embrace of absurdity and rejection of suicide as an answer to the fundamental problem of existence.

October 20 – Rebellion

  1. Define “rebellion” in its social and political context.
  2. Explain the relation between absurdity and rebellion.
  3. Explain the psychological and moral implications of adopting the attitude of the rebel.

November 17 – Terror

  1. Identify examples of absurdity, lucidity, and rebellion displayed in the “case study” of The Plague.
  2. Explain how the terror of the plague relates to the trauma of human consciousness articulated elsewhere by Camus.
  3. Assess the import of such ideas for a contemporary clinical setting.

December 15 – Love

  1. Explain the morality of rebellion as evidenced by the actions of Dr. Rieux in The Plague.
  2. Describe the problem of abstraction and how Camus sees it at work in modern society.
  3. Explain what Camus means by love and humanity’s understanding of meaning and purpose.

Timeline and Requirements:

The learning group will take place from September 15 - December 15, 2022. This series is presenter-led and is a fully online experience. Sessions will be conducted synchronously online via Zoom from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm (ET) on the third Thursday of each month. 

CE Sponsorship: 

University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants will be eligible to receive 6 CE units from University Counseling Services of Boston College. 

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). Participants will be eligible to receive 4 CE units. These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).

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

This workshop does not offer CEs for other clinicians not listed above. 

Fees & Policies:

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Refunds will be granted only up until registration closes at 5pm on September 15th. 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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