Personhood Study Group with Joanne Callahan

Sundays 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 2:00-3:30 pm (Central)
Location: Brentwood Public Library, 8765 Eulalie Ave, Brentwood, MO 63144

Registration price: Friends – $60; Others – $75

*6 CEs are available for this study group. CE-seeking participants must apply separately for CEs here.




In this study group, we will read and discuss How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen by David Brooks. Driven by his trademark sense of curiosity and his determination to grow as a person, Brooks draws from the fields of psychology and neuroscience and from the worlds of theater, philosophy, history, and education to present a welcoming, hopeful, integrated approach to human connection.

How to Know a Person helps readers become more understanding and considerate toward others, and to find the joy that comes from being seen. Along the way, it offers a possible remedy for a society that is riven by fragmentation, hostility, and misperception.

Learning objectives
By the end of this course, participants will:

  1. Have read the text How to Know a Person by David Brooks
  2. Discern what impact the message “I see you” has on another person
  3. Appreciate the value of discussions about what our life tasks are as persons
  4. Understand Jungian ideas of strengths over shadow
  5. Have fuller access to their personal wisdom

Joanne Callahan has been blessed with a Life with Meaning. After teaching English for eight years, she was drawn into pastoral care. She received a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute and became an accredited chaplain. From 1987 until 2020 Joanne ministered as a chaplain in facilities such as SSM Rehab and Mercy Acute Rehab. During these years she also had the pleasure of offering a workshop for the Jung Society: “Nothing Permanent But Change”—which is still so viable for us all.

In 2000, her husband, Dr. Joe Callahan, and she went to an event of the C.G.Jung Society of St. Louis featuring Dr. Tom Singer. Shortly after that event, they participated in Rose Holt’s study group featuring The Portable Jung. For over 20 years they both enjoyed and studied with all the many analysts who have given conferences and workshops through the St. Louis Jung Society. Joanne found that Jung’s understanding of the psyche allowed and provided great depth for her own professional ministry in Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction and Retreats.