Introduction to Dynamic Pastoral Psychotherapy

Introduction to Dynamic Pastoral Psychotherapy

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Atlantic School of Theology

660 Francklyn Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3B6


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Introduction to Dynamic Pastoral Psychotherapy

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Join graduate students and gifted instructor Dr. Jody Clarke to dive deeply into many of the emotional issues that pastors regularly encounter in the lives of those with whom they minister. We will look realistically at what spiritual care practitioners can competently offer in the way of appropriate short-term interventions. Over the two weeks participants will be invited to combine the central elements of the psychotherapeutic process such as the establishment of a therapeutic covenant, transference implications, pastoral diagnosis, along with basic counselling theory. The program will function much like an intense workshop. Pastoral sessions will be videoed and then reviewed by the class. You will be introduced to many of the primary tenets of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy and general counselling theory. These principles, that have their foundation a classical understanding of the nature of suffering, will be amalgamated with an exploration of resilience, forgiveness, empathy, and character change.

This program is open to the public; there are no prerequisites to participate.

Instructor: Dr. Jody Clarke

Dates: June 27 – July 8 (including July 1st)

Days & Times: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon + two-hour sessions in the afternoons (including July 1st)

Requirements: Attendance; readings (optional); no assignments to submit

Books to purchase: None

Fee: $250.00 to attend first week only (June 27 – July 1) or $250.00 for both weeks (June 27 – July 8)

Format: In person, on-campus only. No online access.

COVID-19 protocols: Please visit

Please note: This Continuing Education program is non-credit, meaning it cannot be counted toward a degree or diploma, and will not be transcripted.

Questions? Please contact:

Dr. Rob Fennell, Academic Dean

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