Residential Institutes

Students in the June 2016 Institute, a week-long seminar with a theme of "The Classical Schools of Counseling and Their Relevance to Pastoral Issues."

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The Graduate Theological Foundation provides the opportunity for students to engage in on-site intensive weeks of study at the administrative offices of the GTF through attendance at a GTF Institute. These Institutes are offered four times a year and cover a variety of topics relevant to ministry professionals. Each Institute runs for five days (Monday-Friday) on a specific theme consisting of two separate seminars, morning and afternoon.
To learn more about GTF Institutes please click any of the links below for a full description of each seminar.


June 12-16, 2017 -- Registration deadline: May 15, 2017
Topic: Meaning, Personhood and Relationships
Seminar Titles:
  • a.m. Meaning and Personhood in Psychotherapy
  • p.m. Personhood and Relationships in Psychotherapy 

July 10-14, 2017 – Registration deadline:  June 19, 2017
*This Practicum is open to students enrolled in any of the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy degree programs and to students enrolled in the GTF’s Doctor of Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Psychology degree programs.

September 11-15, 2017 -- Registration deadline: August 18, 2017
Topic: The Classical Schools of Counseling and Their Relevance to Pastoral Issues
Seminar Titles: 
  • a.m.  Clinical Psychology in the Pastoral Setting
  • p.m. The Nature of Ministry in Pastoral Care Professions 

November 13-17, 2017 -- Registration deadline:  October 30, 2017
Seminar Titles:
  • a.m.  Exploring Options in the Practice of Ministry
  • p.m.  Examining Approaches in Pastoral Care and Counseling

June 11-15, 2018-- Registration deadline:  May 14, 2018
Seminar Titles: 
  • a.m.  Defining Ministry in a Changing World
  • p.m.  Clergy Stress and Satisfaction in the Workplace