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D. Min. (Rabbinic Counseling Option) ¢

The D.Min. with a Rabbinical Cou
nseling Option offers the ordained rabbi the opportunity to utilize his or her counseling skills with a Jewish emphasis.  While the program generally follows the requirements of the D.Min. program, substitute courses reflect the specialized focus the rabbi may employ for the Jewish community.  All other requirements, e.g., time frame, supervision, and financial, mirror the general D.Min. program.

Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling (D.Min.)

The Doctor of Ministry degree has become the nationally accepted professional degree for those in ministry. The Graduate Theological Institute’s Doctor of Ministry degree with a specialty in Pastoral Counseling is designed to provide clergy of all faiths with the professional tools to enter a greater and deeper involvement in counseling as an expression and extension of their pastoral vocation, and seek to broaden and strengthen their training and understanding of the psychological dimension of human behavior.  A program in ministry rather than residence, G.T.I.’s Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling combines academic study of psychology with the practical application to the congregational counseling situation.

The program consists of nine 3-credit courses, and one 6 credit course, for a total of 33 credits.  Courses are taken one following the other.  Along with the coursework requirements are a series of papers focusing on praxis rather than theory alone, further demonstrating hard-copy evidence of scholarship.  From the start, supervision is to be undertaken with a member of the G.T.I. faculty.  A student must be enrolled in the program for a minimum of eighteen months, and is expected to complete all requirements within a twenty-four month period.  Additional time may be granted upon request.  An overall minimum grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) is required for graduation.  Courses below are required of all students.  At the completion of coursework and papers submitted, a five day on-site Clinical Skills and Assessment Practicum, hosted at G.T.I.’s administrative offices, is undertaken.  At this meeting, insight gained from the work with congregants, under the supervision of faculty and mentors, will be discussed and evaluated. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements, accommodations, and meals. 

Any student who is a graduate of an approved three or four year training program in psychotherapy or psychoanalysis may apply for advanced standing toward this degree.

Note: While it is not required that students undergo their own personal therapy experience, it is encouraged and recommended.  In order to maintain a theoretical psychological consistency within the framework of the Pastoral Counseling program, those wishing to enter the therapy process should do so with a G.T.I. approved therapist.  Financial arrangements are between the student and the therapist.

    Required Courses ¢

DM 501 Psychopathology

An in-depth study of the psychodynamics of psychological disorders based on the Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler.  Included are the development of specific disorders, their diagnosis, and their treatment.

DM 502 Intake and Diagnostic Interviews

Utilizing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals as guiding references, key techniques for an accurate diagnosis are studied, as well as the acceptable methods of writing reports for files and referrals.

DM 503 Techniques in Adlerian Psychotherapy

This six credit course is one of supervision, where the student reviews his or her counseling sessions with his or her mentor on an ongoing basis.  Specific techniques given the individual situations are taught and discussed.

DM 504 Psychology of Religion

This course explores the psychological nature and foundations of religion, and religious and spiritual experiences.  The learner is further taught to comprehend the many ways in which a person’s faith operates in his or her personal world.

DM 505 Sociology of Religion

Examining the relationship between religion and society, this course additionally includes the study of the religious practices, historical backgrounds, development, and universal themes and roles in society.

DM 506 Ellis’ Rational-Emotive Therapy

The theory and practice of the therapy system of Albert Ellis is explored, and its compatibility to a religious milieu.

DM 507 Millon’s Personality Guided Therapy

Utilizing a combination of appropriate therapeutic methodologies and strategies with a given individual, Million individualizes the approach to treatment based on the assessment of the person’s needs.

DM 508 Marriage and the Family

The dynamics of the marriage and family units are examined from  psychodynamic and social-psychological perspectives, and their compatibility with religious teachings.

DM 509 Ethics

The field of ethics is examined from academic and religious perspectives.  Specific issues as they pertain to religious teachings will be compared and discussed.

DM 510 Self-Help as Pastoral Counseling

There are many instances where a number of factors prevent the individual from entering into, or continuing a counseling relationship.  By utilizing appropriate self-help material, the pastoral counselor can provide a valuable aid to these individuals.