Academic Programs 
      

Pastoral Counseling and Congregational Leadership    (AM-652)
Winter/Spring 2008

This course is intended to help you articulate and develop a pastoral counseling toolkit in order to meet the "real life" needs of professional religious leaders. The course will cover topics that include: how to assess mental health issues, when and how to refer; marriage enrichment and revitalization; professional boundaries in pastoral counseling; socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic diversity and its impact on pastoral counseling in the congregation. We will explore how to make your pastoral presence in the ministry setting responsive to today's challenges. Opportunities to present and work with case material will be available every class day.

Meeting Day, Time and Dates:
Tuesdays, January 29, February 12, March 4, April 1 and April 29 from 9 AM to 4 PM

The Rev. Dr. Claire W. Bamberg
Adjunct Professor of Arts of Ministry; she is a licensed marriage and family therapist and was executive director of the Pastoral Counseling Center of West Hartford

Contact Information:
phone:
860-658-7710
email:cwbamberg@comcast.net

 

Course Syllabus



Reading Journals: There will be a good deal of time between our class meetings ~ and a good deal of reading to accomplish during that time. Please keep a Reading Journal in which you dialogue with the reading materials and me, recording questions as you have them to which I will respond. You may keep this on computer, printing out the pages ~ to which I will respond. You may also email me pages from your computer reading journal. If you prefer to do this long hand, please use loose leaf paper, so that you can leave the pertinent pages with me each class and accumulate your journal in a loose leaf notebook as we go along.

Role Plays: Every one will be required to present at least one role play, demonstrating a concept and how you would use it in your congregational life/leadership role. You may present in pairs or threes. You will pair yourselves with one another and choose presentation dates during our first class.

Papers: You will have one major paper, due on the 25th of April. You may choose the topic, synthesizing, and critiquing the course materials for their application in your setting. This paper must be 10 – 15 pages in length. It may not exceed 15 pages, double-spaced, in Arial 11 (and you will use Arial, 11).

Choose one of the following books to read in it’s entirety as a focal/response point in your paper:

Created by God Pastoral Care for All God’s People. Way, Peggy, Chalice Press, 2005.
Our Home is Over Jordan. Ashby, Homer U., Jr., Chalice Press, 2003

Attendance and Participation: Given the small number of meeting times, I will stress that you are expected to be at each one. Participation will be a very large part of your grade.
Please come to class prepared. You and your colleagues will benefit greatly from your preparedness.

How to reach me:
The Rev. Dr. Claire W. Bamberg
P.O. Box # 214
West Simsbury, Connecticut 06092
860-658-7710 (home office)
cwbamberg@comcast.net

January 29 ~ Welcome

1) Introductions
2) Course Expectations
3) Contracts Signed
4) Course begins: Mental Health Issues: Assessments, Referrals and References

February 1 ~ Beginning with Self Understanding

Using Harville Hendrix concept of a “Core Scene Re-Write,” you will bring to class as close to a verbatim as possible of your “biggest pastoral counseling error.” Take your time in setting this up; there will be points for accuracy and setting of the scene. End the writing with questions ~ for me and for yourself. These will not be read by anybody but me, and will help me structure some of the foci of our time together.

Bring in reading journals with random questions. Do the exercises and answer the questions posed in the Justes book: What are the similarities and differences in the two authors’ perspectives? What will you do differently, having now read these books?

Read: Hearing Beyond the Words. Justes, Emma J., Abingdon Press, 2006, and
Shared Wisdom. Cooper-White, Pamela, Fortress Press, 2004.
Chapters fromThe Practice of Pastoral Care : a postmodern approach, Doehring, Carrie, Westminster John Knox Press, 2006

February 12 ~ Understanding the Context (from which the other speaks)

Role Play based on the reading for today.

Journals in response to today’s readings

Lecture and Discussion

Read: Chapters from The Practice of Pastoral Care: a postmodern approach, Doehring, Carrie, Westminster John Knox Press, 2006
Siblings by Choice Race, Gender, and Violence. Smith and Riedel-Pfaefflin, Chalice Press, 2004
In Living Color: An Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care and Counseling. Second Edition. Lartey, Emmanuel Y., Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003.

March 4 ~ And Back to You

Role Play based on the reading for today.

Journals in response to today’s readings

Lecture and Discussion

Read: Chapters from The Practice of Pastoral Care: a postmodern approach, Doehring, Carrie, Westminster John Knox Press, 2006
Clergy Self-Care: Finding a Balance for Effective Ministry. Oswald, Roy M., An Alban Institute Publication, 1991.
Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy. 4th Edition, Wilcoxon, Remley, Gladding and Huber, Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall, 2007.

April 1 ~ What’s God got to do with it?

Role Play based on the reading for today.

Journals in response to today’s readings * Using this book, and scripture passages and theological writings/reading/materials of your choosing, help me to understand how your theology directly informs your professional presence in your setting.

Lecture and Discussion

Read: Chapters from The Practice of Pastoral Care: a postmodern approach, Doehring, Carrie, Westminster John Knox Press, 2006
Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals: Weaving Together the Human and the Divine. Anderson and Foley, Jossey – Bass, 1998.

April 29 ~ Wrap Up

Role Play

Journals ~ Complete your “Core Scene Re-Write” in concluding your journal dialogue with me.

Lecture and Discussion

Papers Due: Please do not ask for an extension.

 

 

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