The Classical Schools of Counseling and Their Relevance to Pastoral Issues

This Institute is built around a two-fold emphasis, namely, a review of the eight major schools of psychotherapy and a probing inquiry into their viability in the exercise of ministry. Participants will be given an opportunity to acquaint themselves (or, in some cases, re-acquaint themselves) with the major theoreticians in the development of the various schools of psychotherapy – Freud, Adler, Jung, Frankl, Erikson, Maslow, Rogers, and Sullivan. Then, participants will explore the ways and means whereby these various schools of thought may be applied, and be relevant, to the exercise of ministry in all of its various forms -- pastoral, educational, chaplaincy, counseling, etc. 

Registration Form: To download a registration form, please click here.
Tutor: Dr. John H. Morgan, Karl Mannheim Professor
Seminar Titles:   
  • a.m.   Clinical Psychotherapy in the Pastoral Setting
  • p.m.   The Nature of Ministry in Pastoral Care Professions 
  • November 12-16 , 2018
Location: Hosted at Dodge House of the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana.
Daily Agenda:  
  •  a.m.   Session 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 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
Sessions 1, 2: (Monday)        
  • a.m. Freud and psychoanalysis
  • p.m. Adler and individual psychology
Sessions 3, 4: (Tuesday)       
  • a.m. Jung and analytical psychology
  • p.m. Frankl and logotherapy           
Sessions 5, 6: (Wednesday) 
  • a.m. Erikson and developmental psychology
  • p.m. Maslow and humanistic psychology           
Sessions 7, 8: (Thursday)     
  • a.m. Rogers and client-centered therapy
  • p.m. Sullivan and interpersonal psychotherapy                       
Session 9: (Friday)         
  • a.m. Clinical Psychotherapy in Review (no p.m. Friday) 
Written Requirements:
For each session, 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 each of the eight classical theorists. 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 tutorial 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
REQUIRED TEXTS (available used and in paperback from several book sources. Just google.) 


 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.