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 several 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. Attendance at a GTF Residential Institute is an excellent way to earn two Units of Study or to fulfill the Non-Project Option for professional doctorates.
The upcoming Institute is entitled, Examining Approaches in Pastoral Nurture and the faculty tutor for this course is Dr. John Morgan. The morning seminar will cover issues relevant to Exploring Options in the Practice of Ministry while the afternoon seminar will be Examining Approaches in Pastoral Care and Counseling.
A full description of the Institute follows.
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.