Psychiatry Section Blog


Levels of Understanding

July 24, 2017

Lifelong Learning as a Christian in Psychiatry involves developing Levels of Understanding. 

Lifelong spiritual growth as a Christian in psychiatry can be described as progressive transformations to higher levels of wisdom and deeper levels of understanding of God.

Our annual conference this year was centered by the theme of “Spiritual Calling in Psychiatry.”  To kick off the conference and set the pace for the sessions and group discussions that followed, Dr. Tom Okamoto delivered a very intriguing talk on ‘Levels of Understanding.”  Drawing from a broad range of scientific, philosophical, psychological theories as well as biblical truths, Dr. Okamoto challenges us to think deeply about the ways we conceptualize our role to understand and treat our patients.  Dr. Okamoto also helps us reflect on the manner in which we, as psychiatrists, can personally be transformed through the work of the Lord as we seek to live out our faith in our professional lives. In turn, as we are transformed, we become more effective agents of Godly transformation for our patients.

Listen to Dr. Okamoto’s challenge at Levels of Understanding, Dr. Tom Okamoto.

Dr. Tom Okamoto is a long time member of the CMDA Psychiatry Section who practices in Santa Ana, California.  He is a psychiatrist in active practice with over 30 years of experience in multiple settings, including Christian psychiatric adult and adolescent inpatient and outpatient care, addiction recovery units,  research and academic roles. He serves as a treatment and consulting resource to counselors, pastors, and missionaries. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California at Irvine School of Medicine.

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