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Healthy Boundaries for Ministry 101 Online Course

Taught by Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, this comprehensive 5-week online course with FaithTrust Institute and the Center for Progressive Renewal will equip clergy and spiritual teachers to understand the importance of healthy boundaries in ministry and to critically discern the complexities of boundaries in pastoral relationships.

What
  • Training
  • Clergy Ethics & Healthy Boundaries
When Feb 24, 2014 08:00 PM to
Mar 28, 2014 08:00 PM
Eastern Time Zone
Where Online
Presenter Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune
Contact Name
Contact Phone 206-634-1903
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Opening Session February 24, 8:00 p.m. EST, and thereafter five weekly segments at student’s time schedule.

Description: This comprehensive 5-week online course with FaithTrust Institute and the Center for Progressive Renewal will equip clergy and spiritual teachers to understand the importance of healthy boundaries in ministry and to critically discern the complexities of boundaries in pastoral relationships.

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Course Overview: The course begins with a live session on February 24 and concludes with a final assignment due March 28. Weekly feedback between the instructor and students, along with online discussions with fellow classmates provide each student with an interactive and enriching learning environment. Through the forum topic discussion, weekly 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.

Required Curriculum (included): Healthy Boundaries 101 - Fundamentals Course Workbook

Learning Objectives: As a result of this course, participants will:

  • 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
  • Pastoral Counselor
  • Faith or Spiritual Leader
  • Children, Youth Pastor/Leader
  • Denominational or Judicatory Leader who oversee pastors

Course Structure: The course consists of an initial live session during Week I and then five consecutive weeks of sessions that can be viewed on-demand self-paced, and a final writing assignment:

Week I: Live session introduction; Power, Vulnerability, and Healthy Boundaries
Week II: Dating, Friendships and Dual Relationships
Week III: Transference and Touch Boundaries
Week IV: Emerging Issues in Maintaining Healthy Boundaries; Personal Needs and Self Care  
Week V: Final Assignment

Fees and Registration: $349.00 Course and CEU credits; To register call Gregg Carlson at 404-805-0934.
Training Materials Included: The required course workbook will be mailed to you upon receipt of course registration fee.

To learn more about this course, contact us at HB101@faithtrustinstitute.org or 206-634-1903 or contact Gregg Carlson at gregg@progressiverenewal.org

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