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By Stephanie Muravchik

Many have fearful that the ever-present perform of psychology and psychotherapy in the United States has corrupted spiritual religion, eroded civic advantage, and weakened neighborhood existence. yet an exam of the historical past of 3 significant psycho-spiritual events when you consider that international battle II - Alcoholics nameless, The Salvation Army's outreach to homeless males, and the "clinical pastoral education" circulation - unearths the other. those teams built a pragmatic spiritual psychology that nurtured religion, fellowship, and private accountability. They completed this by way of together with spiritual traditions and non secular actions of their definition of treatment and through placing clergy and lay believers to paintings as therapists. below such care, religious and emotional progress bolstered one another. due to those techniques, the 3 routine succeeded in achieving hundreds of thousands of socially alienated and religiously upset americans. They tested that faith and psychology, even though antithetical in a few eyes, will be mixed successfully to foster group, person accountability, and happier lives.

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So Wood searched for ways to equip himself better for the task. He had even begun studying under Chaplain Joseph Armstrong at a nearby psychiatric hospital. He hoped thereby to hone his ability to understand and aid difficult people. Armstrong welcomed students. 3 Another council founder, Reverend Arnold Dunshee, visited Wood at the prison in 1939. He was one of the nation’s few fulltime, professional chaplains. He asked Wood about work with the inmates, probably because prison administrators had asked Dunshee whether they should hire Wood himself as a full-time, professional chaplain.

For example, head chaplain John noted that A particular concern of mine was for him [the student] to look carefully at . . his unspoken preference for avoiding the parish ministry in particular. 16 Many students reported their own new awareness and behaviors. One minister, when evaluating himself after a quarter of training, wrote: “I think I was insightful, aware of feelings and fairly open in the group. I did not intellectualize or theologize, which at times would have been 12 13 14 15 16 CCT and Virginia Theological Seminary, “Joint Conference on the Relation between Clinical Pastoral Training and Theological Education,” November 27–8, 1953, RG 001, Box 159, folder 2473, Pitts (11).

It encouraged students to make pastoral counseling central to their ministries and trained them to draw on the ideas and techniques of psychological counseling. d. [1940], RG 001, Box 1, folder 11, Pitts. Thornton, Professional Education for Ministry, 9–10. 30 American Protestantism in the Age of Psychology them to take a “shepherding perspective” on all of their clerical duties, by which CCT educators meant adopting an approach that prioritized the individual emotional needs of those they interacted with.

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