Examining Approaches in Pastoral Nurture

This Institute will focus its attention upon four classical understandings of pastoral nurture as having been developed within the reigning schools of pastoral counseling and psychotherapy through the 20th century with particular attention given to their relevance as viable counseling systems in the post-modern world.  We will address issues presented from both the orientation and perspective of the faith community as well as secular society. This enquiry will be by means of an examination of provocative thought systems developed by the leading minds in the theory and practice of psychotherapy as well as the application of their systems of thought to contemporary professional practice in pastoral care. Special consideration will be given to the thought systems within the classical schools of psychotherapy, specifically those developed by Freud, Frankl, Maslow, and Rogers as well as the relevance of their therapeutic theories and practices to modern concepts of ministry.  

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Tutor: Dr. John H. Morgan, Karl Mannheim Professor
Seminar Titles:  
  • a.m. Exploring Options in the Practice of Ministry
  • p.m. Examining Approaches in Pastoral Care and Counseling 
  • November 6-10, 2017 -- Registration deadline: October 23, 2017
 Location: Dodge House of the Graduate Theological Foundation in Mishawaka, Indiana 
Daily Agenda:   
  • a.m.  Session  9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • p.m.  Session  1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.   (No p.m. Friday) 
Credits: NPO or two Units of Study
Session Daily Topics:
Sessons 1, 2: (Monday a.m. and p.m.)             
Sigmund Freud and the Psychoanalytic Approach to Mental Health
Sessions 3, 4: (Tuesday a.m. and p.m.)              
Viktor Frankl and Pastoral Logotherapy
Sessions 5, 6: (Wednesday a.m. and p.m.) 
Abraham Maslow and Humanistic Psychotherapy
Sessions 7, 8: (Thursday a.m. and p.m.)            
Carl Rogers and Client-Centered Therapy
Sessions 9: (Friday a.m. There is no afternoon session on Friday.)      
From Classical Psychoanalysis to Applied Pastoral Psychotherapy
Written Requirements:
For each session, morning and afternoon, the student is to prepare and present a 500-1,000 word essay based on the assigned reading for that session, namely, the chapter from the required text on the theorist of the day, viz., Freud, Frankl, Maslow, and Rogers. (No paper on Friday). At the end of the Institute, the student will have written between 4,000 and 8,000 words. The final paper is to be a compilation of these eight short papers, including refinements resulting from the Institute experience itself. The final paper must be between 4,500 and 6,000 words and submitted electronically as an email or a Word document within 90 days of completing the Institute.
Books by John Morgan may be purchased from the Graduate Theological Foundation.


 Let me take this opportunity to explain how the writing of papers and oral presentations work. Some students write the required short papers prior to arrival while others write each day prior to the time the paper is due for presentation. Either way is fine but the student must have a prepared paper of 500 to 1,000 words for oral presentation to the seminar. Do not write the “final” big paper because you will wish to incorporate information gleaned from the discussions during the week. However, the final paper may include the short papers written for each of the presentations. Please remember that you will orally present each of your papers for seminar discussion, feedback, etc., as will every participant. The presentation is made informally, sitting and reading from your laptop or written paper. There is no getting it wrong or right in terms of your presentation or content. The intent is for you to present a personal response to the readings for the day from your own professional perspective, indicating the relevance (or lack thereof) of each topic being discussed during that particular session of the seminar.
Everyone will bring something different to the table for discussion – no one will have it right or wrong, just different, based upon his/her personal background, experience, professional engagement, faith commitments, etc. The mix is where the learning occurs. The most important thing to remember is “be yourself,” and bring “who you are and what you have to say” to the seminar and all will be well. In a word, “relax” and enjoy the week.
Note: The final paper must be submitted electronically either as an email or as an attached Word document.