ERIC Number: ED373269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Psychology, Counseling and the Seminarian.
Wister, Robert, Ed.
These 11 essays address the importance of psychological assessments for prospective seminary students. The articles are primarily for seminary officials who make admission decisions based on testing and the analysis of test results. The chapters also discuss questions and issues that all seminary faculty address on a daily basis: maturity of seminarians, spiritual direction, and appropriate responses to situations which might be aided by counseling. Some of the broad concerns covered here that the vocation counselor may face when working with seminary applicants and students include assessment techniques for both psychosexual maturity and addictive behaviors. Four separate chapters address specific psychological issues: (1) spiritual direction and psychotherapy and the problems of uncritically mixing these together; (2) counseling while in seminary; (3) a comparative analysis of psychological screening test results of candidates for ordained ministry; and (4) psychological testing in vocational selection. Since seminaries are more ethnically diverse than in past years, separate chapters discuss the concerns and needs of African American, Latino, and Asian American seminarians. Finally, legal matters are covered with overviews of canon law, psychological testing for admission to seminary, and legal considerations concerning civil law and confidentiality issues. (RJM)
Descriptors: Admission (School), Admissions Counseling, Church Related Colleges, Clergy, Counseling, Higher Education, Maturity Tests, Psychological Testing, Psychometrics, Religion Studies, Theological Education, Vocational Adjustment, Vocational Evaluation, Vocational Maturity
National Catholic Educational Association, 1077 30th Street, N.W., Suite 100, Washington, DC 20007-3852.
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.