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September Residential Institute, Examining Approaches in Pastoral Nurture

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. 

Dr. John H. Morgan

Dr. John H. Morgan

A full description of the Institute follows.

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.

Registration Form: To download a registration form, please click here.
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
  • Sept. 12-16, 2016
 Location:  The Dodge House, administrative offices of the Graduate Theological Foundation, 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
Session 9: (Friday a.m. There is no afternoon session on Friday.)
From Classical Psychoanalysis to Applied Pastoral Psychotherapy