Earl Bland

 
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Earl D. Bland

Dean, School of Behavioral Sciences and Counseling 
Professor of Psychology 
Licensed Psychologist

PsyD; Clinical Psychology, 1996, Illinois School of Professional Psychology 
MA; Clinical Psychology, 1988, Wheaton College Graduate School 
BA; Psychology, 1986, Evangel University

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“In the pursuit of God's Kingdom we are in desperate need of people who are thoughtful, emotionally centered, and have the capacity for deep relational connections.  Teaching at MNU allows me the distinct privilege of working in an environment that is not just interested in the dissemination of knowledge, but the active creation of moments of meeting, where collectively as professor and students we engage the mind of God as He is revealed in his creation."

—Dr. Earl D. Bland

Awards & Honors
Publications
Presentations

Awards & Honors

  • Alpha Chi Donald Metz Award - Faculty Member of the Year for Distinctive Academic Contributions 2006

Publications

  • Bland, E.D. & Strawn, B. D. (in press). Christianity and psychoanalysis: A new conversation. Downers Grove: IVP Academic. 
  • Bland, E.D. (2010). Finding self, forming virtue: The treatment of narcissistic defenses in marriage therapy. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 29, 158-165. 
  • Hicks, M. W., Bland, E. D., & Hoffman, L. (2010). Restoring the voice of Tamar: Three psychoanalytic views on rape in the Bible. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 29, 141-148. 
  • Bland, E.D. (2009). The divided self: Courage and grace as agents of change. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 28, 326-337. 
  • Bland E.D. (2008). An appraisal of psychological & religious perspectives of self-control Journal of Religion and Health, 47, 4-16. 
  • Bland, E.D. & Henning, D.D. (2007). Finding meaning in chronic pain: The dynamics of acceptance. In P.T.P. Wong, L.C.J. Wong, M.J. McDonald, & D.W. Klaassen (Eds.), The positive psychology of meaning & spirituality (pp. 197-208). Abb otsford, BC: INPM Press. 
  • Bland, E.D. (2007, December 26). Beyond betrayal [Review of the book infidelity: A practitioner's guide to working with couples in crisis]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 52 (No. 52), Article 9. 
  • Bland, E.D. (2007, May 23). The tragedy of hope [Review of the book Reason’s grief: An essay on tragedy and value]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 52 (No. 21), Article 6. 
  • Bland, E.D. (2003). Psychology - church collaboration: Finding a new level of mutual participation. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 22, 299-303.Scholarly 

Presentations

  • Bland, E. D., Hicks, M.W., Barsness, R., Strawn, B. & Yangarber-Hicks, N. (2013, April), The diversity of self: A psychoanalytic dialogue between faith and culture. Workshop presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, Portland, OR 
  • Frye, T. M, Bowman, T. Bland, E.D., & Koeneman, S. (2013, February). Preparing for the DSM-5: What the practicing clinician needs to know. Professional seminar symposium, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, KS 
  • Bland, E.D. Strawn, B., Tisdale, T., Hicks, M., & Hoffman, L. (2012, March). Integrating traditions: Christianity and psychoanalysis in conversation. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, Washington, DC 
  • Bland, E.D., Gingrich, F, & Watson, T. (2012, March). Relational hope: A marital therapy case discussion. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, Washington, DC 
  • Bland, E.D. (2011, April). Hope and surrender: A Christian response to dread in psychotherapy. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, Indianapolis, IN
  • Scharff, D. E., Zeitner, R. M. & Bland, E.D. (2011, January) Psychoanalytic family therapy discussion group. Case presentation at the American Psychoanalytic Association’s 2011 National Meeting, New York, NY 
  • Hicks, M., Hamm, P., Yangarber-Hicks, N., & Bland, E.D. (2010, April). Pursuing the abundant life: Three views from the psychoanalytic tradition. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, Overland Park, KS 
  • Zeitner, R. M. & Bland, E.D. (2010, January) Psychoanalytic family therapy discussion group. Case presentation at the American Psychoanalytic Association’s 2010 National Meeting, New York, NY. 
  • Bland, E.D. (2009, April). Nice guys you don’t want to live with: Healing narcissistic defenses in marriage therapy. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, Orlando, FL 
  • Carter, J., Bland, E.D., Hicks, M., & Hoffman, L. W. (2009, April). Rape in the Bible: Three psychoanalytic perspectives. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, Orlando, FL 
  • Hofer, S., Bland, E.D., Olthuis, J., & Jones, J. (2009, April). Four fronts of hope: Distinct perspectives on hope, healing, and change from within the psychodynamic tradition. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, Orlando, FL 
  • Bland, E.D. & Sartor, D. C. (2008, March). Psychotherapy and the image of God: A relational pursuit of virtue. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, Phoenix, AZ 
  • Bland, E.D. (2007, March). Psychotherapy’s tragic sense and the sustaining experience of Christian hope. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, King of Prussia, PA 
  • Bland, E. D. (2006, August). Religious understanding of self-control: A psychological appraisal. Paper presented at the 2006 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA. 
  • Bland, E.D. (2006, March). The divided self: Courage and grace as agents of change. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, Cincinnati, OH. 
  • Tisdale, T., Jones, J., Bland, E.D., Hoffman, L., & Hoffman, M. (2006, March). CAPS and psychoanalysis: A fifty year relationship reviewed and reaffirmed. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, Cincinnati, OH. 
  • Bland, E.D. & Welch D. W. (2005, April). Narcissistic impingement on intimacy with God: The push-pull of closeness. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, Dallas, TX. 
  • Bland, E.D. (2004, November). Reflections in the mirror: Assessment and diagnosis of narcissistic personality styles. Presentation at the Kansas Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Fall Diagnostic Workshop, Lenexa, KS. 
  • Bland, E.D. (2004 March). Self-control: Psychological and spiritual mechanisms of self-regulation. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, St. Petersburg, FL. 
  • Bland, E.D. (2003, June). Psychology risk factors in the workplace. Presentation at the Missouri Division of Worker’s Compensation Annual Conference on Worker’s Compensation Issues, Osage Beach, Missouri. 
  • Bland, E.D. (2003, March). Applied psychology in evangelical Christian churches: A decision model for implementation. Paper presented at the APA Div. 36 Mid Winter Research Conference on Religion and Spirituality, Loyola College in Maryland, Timonium, MD.
  • Bland, E.D. (2002, May). Identifying psychological risk factors in health & safety. Presentation at the Mid-America Safety, Health & Environmental Conference and Exposition, Osage Beach, MO. 
  • Bland, E.D. (2001, December). Psychological aspects of pain management. Paper presented at the Bixby Institute Pain Management Symposium, Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri. 
  • Bland, E.D. (2001, June). Psychology of an injury. Paper presented at the Missouri Division of Worker’s Compensation Annual Conference on Worker’s Compensation Issues, Osage Beach, Missouri. 
  • Bland, E.D. & Henning, D. (2000, July). Finding meaning in persistent pain: The dynamics of acceptance. Paper presented at the International Conference: Searching for Meaning in the New Millennium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 
  • Bland, E.D. (2000, June). Barriers in Return To Work. Presentation at the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions - Central States Region Conference, Overland Park, KS. 
  • Bland, E.D. (1999, September). Psychological Barriers in Return To Work. Presentation at the State of Kansas Department of Human Resources - Workers Compensation Annual Seminar, Overland Park & Wichita, KS 
  • Bland, E.D. (1998, October). Psychological factors impacting chronic pain. Presentation at the Health Midwest EHS Forum Overland Park, KS. 
  • Reitz, R. & Bland E.D. (1997, May). Short-term emergent care of mental health crisis in prison infirmaries. Paper presented at the Seventh Annual Mental Health in Corrections Symposium, Kansas City, MO. 
  • Henning, D., Bland, E.D., & Rotz, R. (1996, March). Enhancing psychotherapy's impact on the conservative religious community. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Divisions of Psychotherapy, Independent Practice, and Family Psychology 27th Annual Mid Winter Convention, Scottsdale, AZ.

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