Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy



Classical Schools of Psychotherapy

Faculty: Dr. Michael Brock (Profile)

Description: This tutorial is design to acquaint the student with Sigmund Freud and the fundamentals of his thought.  Rather than settle for merely a secondary-source summary of who he was and what he thought, this course will concentrate on Freud’s life and, by using a classic text, will explore the essentials of his thought.  The introductory material in Morgan’s chapter on Freud is by way of establishing the perimeters of the tutorial.  The biography is an in-depth look at Freud’s life.  The classic text is a primary source to exposure the student to Freud himself.

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Clinical Psychopathology and Personality Disorders

Faculty: John Morgan, Ph.D. (Profile)

Description:  For the professional counselor, whether in parish ministry or private practice, dealing with personality disorders constitutes the lion’s share of the counseling enterprise and case load for both pastors and counselors.  This course is designed as a practitioner’s guide for the facilitation of a clinical and professional approach to the diagnostic assessment of the personality disorders explicated in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  The mental health community has suspended the use of the term “mental illness” in deference to “mental disorders” and for pastors and clinical counselors this shift has enhanced the effectiveness of the diagnostic assessment and treatment agenda.  This course is specifically created for the advanced doctoral student in counseling psychology to assist these professionals in the recognition and description of personality disorders recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in the DSM source book.  

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Modern Schools of Psychotherapy

Faculty: Dr. Michael Brock (Profile)

Description:  This tutorial is designed to strengthen the student’s acquaintance with the major systems of modern thought in psychotherapy.  The course will consist of three components in the treatment of each system of thought, namely, the biography of the theorist, the key aspects of his or her theoretical constructs, and a major text in each particular school of thought.   Because there are eight schools of thought considered in the text and only six papers required for this course, the student may select the six theorists of most personal interest and write a 500-1000 word paper on each of those six thereby producing an final draft paper of up to six thousand words.  

Required Reading
  • Clinical Psychotherapy: A History of Theory and Practice by John H. Morgan (GTF Books, 2015).  (available from the GTF) 
  • Psychopathology: A Clinical Guide to Personality Disorders by John H. Morgan (GTF Books, 2018).  (available from the GTF)
  • PRIMARY SOURCE RECOMMENDED READINGS: The required text listed above gives a comprehensive bibliography for each of the eight schools of psychotherapy considered in this course. The student should select one primary text from two of the schools of thought discussed in the required text. The eight theorists from which six should be chosen are Horney, Klein, Perls, Berne, Fromm, Ellis, Szasz, and Beck.  The two primary texts of the two theorists will normally represent the student’s own personal interest in these two particular thinkers.
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Sigmund Freud and Psychoanalysis

Faculty: Dr. Michael Brock (Profile)

Description: This tutorial is designed to acquaint the student with Sigmund Freud and the fundamentals of his thought. Rather than settle for merely a secondary-source summary of who he was and what he thought, this course will concentrate on Freud’s life and, by using a classic text, will explore the essentials of his thought. The introductory material presented in Morgan’s chapter on Freud is a way of establishing the parameters of the tutorial. The biography is an in-depth look at Freud’s life. The classic text is a primary source to expose the student to Freud himself.

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Alfred Adler and Individual Psychology

Faculty: Dr. Michael Brock (Profile)

Description: This tutorial is designed to acquaint the student with Alfred Adler and the fundamentals of his thought. Rather than settle for merely a secondary-source summary of who he was and what he thought, this course will concentrate on Adler’s life and, by using a classic text, will explore the essentials of his thought. The introductory material presented in Morgan’s chapter on Adler is a way of establishing the parameters of the tutorial. The biography is an in-depth look at Adler’s life. The classic text is a primary source to expose the student to Adler himself.

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Carl Jung and Analytical Psychology

Faculty: Dr. Michael Brock (Profile)

Description: This tutorial is designed to acquaint the student with Carl Jung and the fundamentals of his thought. Rather than settle for merely a secondary-source summary of who he was and what he thought, this course will concentrate on Jung’s life and, by using a classic text, will explore the essentials of his thought. The introductory material presented in Morgan’s chapter on Jung is a way of establishing the parameters of the tutorial. The biography is an in-depth look at Jung’s life. The classic text is a primary source to expose the student to Jung himself.

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Viktor Frankl and Logotherapy

Faculty: Dr. Michael Brock (Profile)

Description: Because Frankl’s life is as fascinating as his psychological theories of human personality, the student is required to read a substantive biography and then a primary text. In preparation for these in-depth readings, Morgan’s chapter on Frankl should be read first. Six papers are to be written consisting of 500-1000 words each, submitted via email every week for six weeks, followed by a compilation of all six papers into one final paper of about 3,000 words. Using Morgan’s scheme, the first and second papers should be a review of the life of Frankl including his childhood, education, medical training, and professional career. The third and fourth papers should give a thorough summary of Frankl’s primary text. The fifth and sixth papers should be a summary of Frankl’s major theories with the student’s critical assessment, positive and/or negative, of their value to the student’s own professional work and ministry.

Required Reading:
  • John H. Morgan, Clinical Psychotherapy: A History of Theory and Practice (Mishawaka, IN: GTF Books, 2015). Available from the GTF.
  • Haddon Klingberg, Jr, When Life Calls Out to Us (New York: Doubleday, 2001). Available through amazon.com
     
    In addition, select one of these two primary texts, available from Amazon.com. If you have already read Man’s Search for Meaning, it is encouraged that you read and report on The Will to Meaning:
  • Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (Boston: Beacon Press)
  • Viktor E. Frankl, The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy  (NY: Penquin Books).      
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Abraham Maslow and Humanistic Psychology

Faculty: Dr. Michael Brock (Profile)

Description: This tutorial is designed to acquaint the student with Abraham Maslow and the fundamentals of his thought. Rather than settle for merely a secondary-source summary of who he was and what he thought, this course will concentrate on Maslow’s life and, by using a classic text, will explore the essentials of his thought. The introductory material presented in Morgan’s chapter on Maslow is a way of establishing the parameters of the tutorial. The biography is an in-depth look at Maslow’s life. The classic text is a primary source to expose the student to Maslow himself.

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Erik Erikson and Developmental Psychology

Faculty: Dr. Michael Brock (Profile)

Description: This tutorial is designed to acquaint the student with Erik H. Erikson and the fundamentals of his thought. Rather than settle for merely a secondary-source summary of who he was and what he thought, this course will concentrate on Erikson’s life and, by using a classic text, will explore the essentials of his thought. The introductory material presented in Morgan’s chapter on Erikson is a way of establishing the parameters of the tutorial. The biography is an in-depth look at Erikson’s life. The classic text is a primary source to expose the student to Erikson himself.

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Carl Rogers and Person-Centered Psychotherapy

Faculty: Dr. Michael Brock (Profile)

Description: This tutorial is designed to acquaint the student with Carl Rogers and the fundamentals of his thought. Rather than settle for merely a secondary-source summary of who he was and what he thought, this course will concentrate on Rogers’ life and, by using a classic text, will explore the essentials of his thought. The introductory material presented in Morgan’s chapter on Rogers is a way of establishing the parameters of the tutorial. The biography is an in-depth look at Rogers’ life. The classic text is a primary source to expose the student to Rogers himself.

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Harry Stack Sullivan and Interpersonal Psychoanalysis

Faculty: Dr. Michael Brock (Profile)

Description: This tutorial is designed to acquaint the student with Harry Stack Sullivan and the fundamentals of his thought. Rather than settle for merely a secondary-source summary of who he was and what he thought, this course will concentrate on Sullivan’s life and, by using a classic text, will explore the essentials of his thought. The introductory material presented in Morgan’s chapter on Sullivan is a way of establishing the parameters of the tutorial. The biography is an in-depth look at Sullivan’s life. The classic text is a primary source to expose the student to Sullivan himself.

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Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy

Faculty: Dr. Michael Brock (Profile)

Description:  This tutorial is designed for professional practitioners, whether ordained or a licensed practitioner, and those interested in the field of clinical psychotherapy from a pastoral perspective.  The focus will be to explore more substantively the range of issues addressed and confronted in the course of a counseling venue, whether within the context of a parish, institutional setting, or private practice.  The required text titled Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy functions as a handbook for practice, a resource for information, and provides some helpful guidelines for professional counseling.    The second required text titled Clinical Psychotherapy: A History of Theory and Practice constitutes the major resource for the top classical and modern schools of psychotherapy with which all practitioners should be generally acquainted.  The recommended but not required text titled Psychology of Religion: A Commentary on the Classic Texts functions as a background reading to contextualize the discussion of the relationship between psychology and religion.

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Private Practice: Considering a Counseling Career

Faculty: Dr. John H. Morgan Karl Mannheim Professor of the History & Philosophy of the Social Sciences (Profile)

TUTORIAL DESCRIPTION: 
This E-Tutorial is designed for clergy and ministry professionals, both ordained and laity, who are considering launching a counseling career with special attention to clergy who are involved in parish ministry.  The course will explore the why, how, and when of making the transition from parish ministry to private practice and will discuss in detail the relevant components of this re-definition of ministry from the parish to therapeutic counseling as a profession.  
 
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This collection of 38 essays represents the last 20 years of my journal publishing and these articles are relevant to the E-Tutorials I teach at the GTF as contextualization of both theory and practice.  I strongly recommend this collection to any doctoral student desiring to go deeper into my tutorials in both psychology and religion.

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Geriatric Psychotherapy: Pastoral Care And Nurture Of The Elderly

Faculty: John Morgan, Ph.D. (Profile)

Description:  This E-Tutorial is designed for clergy and ministry professionals, both ordained and laity, who are interested in and/or involved in ministry to the post-retirement community including the elderly.  The course will explore the wide range of issues in the field of geriatrics as relates to the relevance and scope of pastoral care and counseling. 
 
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Recommended Reading:  
  • Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy: A Practitioner’s Handbook for Ministry Professionals by John  H. Morgan. Available from the GTF
  • Private Practice: A Guide for Clergy Considering a Counseling Career by John H. Morgan (GTF Books, 2016).  Available from the GTF

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Child Psychopathology in Clinical Practice

Faculty: John Morgan, Ph.D. (Profile)

Description:  This course deals with the scope of child psychopathology within the framework of clinical practice (for pastors, counselors, psychotherapists).  The focus is upon the nature and function of child psychopathology as has been developed in the work of Karen Horney, Melanie Klein, and Anna Freud, each considered in their own right an original thinker and neo-Freudian.  We will pay particular attention to the psychoanalytic theories and their applications in clinical practice developed by each of these three major contributors to modern psychotherapy.

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Recommended Text:  For exposure to the writing style of each of these three psychotherapists, the student might wish to read a primary source for one or each of these thinkers. A roster of their major works is found in the bibliography section of the required text Child Psychopathology in Clinical Practice.

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Cognitive Behavaior Therapy: A Study Of Aaron Beck

Faculty: John Morgan, Ph.D. (Profile)

Description:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has become the leading clinical modality of psychotherapy in the 21st century and though it is practiced in a variety of variants, the formulation of CBT and its international popularity is attributed primarily to the creativity of Aaron Beck, the undisputed father of CBT as practice in clinical counseling settings. To understand the contribution Beck has made to contemporary psychotherapy is the aim of this course and it is broken up into two parts, i.e., Part One focuses upon the life and professional development of Beck himself, and Part Two focuses upon the concepts and theories which he has created in the development of CBT. At the end of the course, the expectation is that the student will understand both who Aaron Beck was and the fundamental theories and concepts he developed in the creation of Cognitive behavioral Therapy.           

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Recommended Text:  For exposure to the writing style of Aaron Beck, the student might wish to read a primary source selected from among his many books. A roster of his major works is found in the bibliography section of the required text Clinical Psychotherapy. NOTE: The required text titled Psychopathology: A Clinical Guide to Personality Disorders constitutes a fundamentally important backdrop to the discussion of psychotherapy and provides crucial insights into the nature, meaning, and function of psychopathology.

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Ethical Systems in the Modern World

Faculty: John Morgan, Ph.D. (Profile)

Description:  This course will explore the three major ethical systems operative in the modern world today, namely, Ethical Theism, Ethical Humanism, and Ethical Naturalism. Ethical theism is built upon the foundation of a divinely revealed code of ethics. Ethical humanism assumes the primacy of the human community’s own needs in the development of an ethical system. Ethical Naturalism presumes the primacy of the cosmos and builds an ethic which places the importance of the universe over both divine revelation and human primacy. We will explore all three options. No faith position is required or expected as a prerequisite for the course but rather a ready willingness to engage a wide spectrum of ethical considerations with openness and understanding. 

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Recommended: 
This collection of 38 essays represents the last 20 years of my journal publishing and these articles are relevant to the E-Tutorials I teach at the GTF as contextualization of both theory and practice.  I strongly recommend this collection to any doctoral student desiring to go deeper into my tutorials in both psychology and religion.

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Existentialism and Personal Responsibility

Faculty: John Morgan, Ph.D. (Profile)

Description: The father of modern existentialism, Sartre is heralded as the philosopher of responsibility. He denies the existence of a guiding ethical principle outside of human experience and, therefore, every individual “is condemned to freedom.” His highly acclaimed book on human emotion is complimented by Morgan’s chapter which carefully explains Sartre’s system of thought which has so profoundly influenced western culture.  

Required Reading: 
Recommended: 
This collection of 38 essays represents the last 20 years of my journal publishing and these articles are relevant to the E-Tutorials I teach at the GTF as contextualization of both theory and practice.  I strongly recommend this collection to any doctoral student desiring to go deeper into my tutorials in both psychology and religion.

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Human Behavior and Moral Development

Faculty: John Morgan, Ph.D. (Profile)

Description:  This E-Tutorial explores the relationship between human behavior and moral development as an evolving philosophical and historical question beginning with 19th and early 20th century thought and concluding with the late 20th and early 2lst century thinkers. The emphasis will be upon the natural history of moral behavior as explored through the work of leading thinkers over the past 150 years with special attention to theological implications. 

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Also, the student should select one classic text from among the six selected thinkers from the bibliography following each chapter. (For example, Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents or Sartre’s Existentialism and Humanism. The student has the choice of selecting the primary text of the thinker with whom he/she is most interested. All primary texts available on Amazon.com.)
 
Recommended Reading:
This collection of 38 essays represents the last 20 years of my journal publishing and these articles are relevant to the E-Tutorials I teach at the GTF as contextualization of both theory and practice.  I strongly recommend this collection to any doctoral student desiring to go deeper into my tutorials in both psychology and religion.

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Moral Development and Child Psychology

Faculty: John Morgan, Ph.D. (Profile)

Description:  Jean Piaget is considered the greatest child psychologist of the 20th century and his expertise in the field of educational psychology and the psychology of children is unsurpassed. His classic on educational method and child psychology is complimented by Morgan’s summary of Piaget’s understanding of children’s moral development.

 
Required Reading: 
Recommended Reading: 
This collection of 38 essays represents the last 20 years of my journal publishing and these articles are relevant to the E-Tutorials I teach at the GTF as contextualization of both theory and practice.  I strongly recommend this collection to any doctoral student desiring to go deeper into my tutorials in both psychology and religion.

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Psychoanalysis and the Whole Person

Faculty: John Morgan, Ph.D. (Profile)

Description: This is an introductory course for the uninitiated student in the general field of depth psychology. From the concept of the pleasure principle to the reality principle as developed by Sigmund Freud, the student will be introduced to the fundamental ingredients in modern psychoanalytic theory. The student will read a major classic by Freud in the field within the context of a discussion of the major points in Morgan’s book. 

Required Reading: 
Recommended Reading: 
This collection of 38 essays represents the last 20 years of my journal publishing and these articles are relevant to the E-Tutorials I teach at the GTF as contextualization of both theory and practice.  I strongly recommend this collection to any doctoral student desiring to go deeper into my tutorials in both psychology and religion.

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Psychology of Religion: Its History and Theories I

Faculty: Dr. John H. Morgan (Profile)

Note: This two-course sequence is valued at 2 Units of Study. However, if a student takes only one of the two courses, either I or II, the single course is valued at 1 Unit of Study.

Description:  This tutorial is designed to introduce the student or, in the case of students already familiar with some or all of the theorists discussed here, to refresh the student’s memory of the major systems of modern thought in psychology. The focus of this tutorial is to build the incremental development of the discipline of the psychology of religion from its earliest inception to its current status as a recognized sub-discipline of psychology beginning with William James and going up through David Roberts. As there are ten theorists treated in the required text, the student will focus on the first five theorists in the text as the second five theorists are covered the tutorial sequel titled “Psychology of Religion: History and Theories II.”.

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PRIMARY SOURCE RECOMMENDED READINGS: The required text listed above gives a comprehensive bibliography for each of the schools of thought considered in this course. The student should select a primary source of one of the six theorists to be considered in this tutorial.
 
Recommended Reading:
This collection of 38 essays represents the last 20 years of my journal publishing and these articles are relevant to the E-Tutorials I teach at the GTF as contextualization of both theory and practice.  I strongly recommend this collection to any doctoral student desiring to go deeper into my tutorials in both psychology and religion.

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Psychology of Religion: Its History and Theories II

Faculty: Dr. John H. Morgan (Profile)

Note: This two-course sequence is valued at 2 Units of Study. However, if a student takes only one of the two courses, either I or II, the single course is valued at 1 Unit of Study.

Description:  This tutorial is designed to introduce the student or, in the case of students already familiar with some or all of the theorists discussed here, to refresh the student’s memory of the major systems of modern thought in psychology. The focus of this tutorial is to build the incremental development of the discipline of the psychology to its current status as a recognized sub-discipline of psychology from Gordon Allport to Abraham Maslow. As there are ten theorists treated in the required text, the student will focus on the second five theorists in the text as the first five theorists are covered the earlier tutorial titled “Psychology of Religion: History and Theories I.”.

Required Reading:

  • Psychology of Religion: A Commentary on the Classic Texts by John H. Morgan (available from the GTF)
PRIMARY SOURCE RECOMMENDED READINGS: The required text listed above gives a comprehensive bibliography for each of the schools of thought considered in this course. The student should select a primary source of one of the six theorists to be considered in this tutorial.
 
Recommended Reading:
This collection of 38 essays represents the last 20 years of my journal publishing and these articles are relevant to the E-Tutorials I teach at the GTF as contextualization of both theory and practice.  I strongly recommend this collection to any doctoral student desiring to go deeper into my tutorials in both psychology and religion.

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Secular Spirituality: Post-Biblical Religion In A Post-Modern World

Faculty: John Morgan, Ph.D. (Profile)

Description:  This E-Tutorial is designed for the ministry professional interested in the rise of what is commonly called “secular spirituality,” that is, a spiritual sensibility devoid of religious overtones or attachments.   The rise of secularism has spawned an interest in spirituality separate from institutional religion and defines itself in terms of the experience of awe, wonder, and mystery in the absence of a belief in transcendent reality. This course explores the increasing popularity of this experiential concept in the secular world and its implications for traditional religion. 

Required Reading: 
  • Post-Biblical Religion: Essays in Secular Spirituality by John H. Morgan (Mishawaka, IN: GTF Books, 2017). Available from the GTF
  • Understanding Ourselves: Essays in the History & Philosophy of the Social Sciences by John H. Morgan (Mishawaka, IN: GTF Books, 2017). Available from the GTF 
Recommended Reading: 
  • Naturally Good: A Behavioral History of Moral Development by John H. Morgan (Mishawaka, IN: GTF Books, 2015). Available from the GTF
  • Beyond Divine Intervention: The Biology of Right and Wrong by John H. Morgan (Mishawaka, IN: GTF Books, 2009). Available from the GTF

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Transactional Analysis: A Study of Eric Berne

Faculty: John Morgan, Ph.D. (Profile)

Description:  Transactional Analysis is one of the major schools of clinical psychotherapy developed in the U.S. in recent times which has proven to be among the most popular types of counseling practice as an alternative to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and psychoanalysis. Having created the popular movement known as “I’m OK, You’re OK,” and “Games People Play,” Eric Berne has developed one of the most exciting analytical systems of psychotherapy since Freud and his following within the profession of clinical therapy is outstanding. This course follows the life and professional development of Eric Berne, the father of Transactional Analysis, and explores the major concepts and theories of TA as a modality of psychotherapeutic treatment of personality disorders.           

Required Reading: 
Recommended Reading:
For exposure to the writing style of Eric Berne, the student might wish to read a primary source selected from among his many books. A roster of his major works is found in the bibliography section of the required text Clinical Psychotherapy. NOTE: The required text titled Psychopathology: A Clinical Guide to Personality Disorders constitutes a fundamentally important backdrop to the discussion of psychotherapy and provides crucial insights into the nature, meaning, and function of psychopathology.

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