Healthy Boundaries for Clergy 101 (Online Course)
This six week, online course with FaithTrust Institute and the Center for Progressive Renewal will equip clergy to understand the importance of healthy boundaries in ministry and to critically discern the complexities of boundaries in pastoral relationships.
May 07, 2013 08:00 PM
Jun 25, 2013 08:00 PM
Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune
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Opening Session Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 8:00 p.m. EST, and thereafter six weekly segments at student’s time schedule.
Description: This six week, online course with FaithTrust Institute and the Center for Progressive Renewal will equip clergy to understand the importance of healthy boundaries in ministry and to critically discern the complexities of boundaries in pastoral relationships.
Course Overview: Through the coursework which requires two texts and a workbook, forum topic discussion, weekly writing assignments, DVD curriculum and lectures, you will gain and share knowledge and resources needed to understand the fundamentals and best practices around healthy and appropriate boundaries in the clergy/congregant or spiritual teacher/student relationship; the impact of appropriate vs. inappropriate boundaries in promoting effective ministry; and guidelines for developing appropriate boundaries and necessary self-care strategies.
- Establish a theological foundation for an understanding of healthy boundaries
- Understand the importance of an awareness of power and vulnerability within pastoral/teaching relationships
- Examine dating, friendships and dual relationships and the challenges therein
- Examine transference and touch boundaries in pastoral/teaching relationships
- Look critically at boundary issues in use of internet technology in faith communities
- Consider the importance of self-care and peer support as preventive measures
All participants who complete the course and pass the final assignment will receive a certificate of course completion and two C.E.U.credits from the Pacific School of Religion. The content of this course is intended to fulfill boundary training requirements for the United Church of Christ. If you are unsure if this course meets your denominational requirements, please check before registering for course.
Who Should Participate? This course is recommended for:
Pastor or Associate Pastor
Faith or Spiritual Leader
Children, Youth Pastor/Leader
Denominational or Judicatory Leader who oversee pastors
Course Structure: The course consists of a pre-course reading and writing assignment, six consecutive weeks of sessions that can be viewed on-demand self-paced, and a final writing assignment:
Session I: Live session introduction to the course and topic
Session II: Power, Vulnerability, and Healthy Boundaries
Session III: Dating, Friendships and Dual Relationships
Session IV: Transference and Touch Boundaries
Session V: Social Networking and Healthy Boundaries
Session VI: Personal Needs and Self Care
Fees and Registration: $449.00 Course and CEU credits; Click here to register.
Training Materials: $47.55 package price for two texts and workbook: At Personal Risk, Sex and the Spiritual Teacher, Healthy Boundaries for Spiritual Teachers. You can purchase these products in the FaithTrust Institute Online Store: Click here.