Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2019, Page: 43-51
A Logotherapeutic Approach to Pastoral Counseling Education for Catholic Seminarians
Joseph R. Laracy, Department of Systematic Theology, Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA; Department of Catholic Studies, Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA; Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA
Received: May 23, 2019;       Accepted: Jun. 20, 2019;       Published: Jul. 23, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajpn.20190702.13      View  32      Downloads  18
Abstract
Viktor Frankl, MD, PhD is one of the most widely known and highly respected professors of psychiatry and neurology of the twentieth century. In this article, we adapt and apply some of his profound insights for Catholic pastoral counseling education. Pastoral counseling is a very important aspect of the general pastoral formation of Catholic seminarians. The goal of any pastoral counseling course should be twofold. First, it should give seminarians a basic knowledge of mental illnesses to understand their parishioners better. Second, it should offer them concrete techniques to be used in the context of pastoral counseling. Seminary classes in pastoral psychology and counseling sometimes lack a consistent, coherent theoretical foundation, or may attempt to teach techniques inappropriate for use by future parish priests. This paper presents a logotherapeutic approach for the formation of seminarians in pastoral counseling. This approach is congruent with the pastoral sphere as the focus is on meaning and the life of the spirit.
Keywords
Logotherapy, Viktor Frankl, Pastoral Counseling, Seminary, Catholic
To cite this article
Joseph R. Laracy, A Logotherapeutic Approach to Pastoral Counseling Education for Catholic Seminarians, American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. Vol. 7, No. 2, 2019, pp. 43-51. doi: 10.11648/j.ajpn.20190702.13
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