Counseling and the Clergy: Perceptions of Roles

Volume 7
Spring 1979
Counseling and the Clergy: Perceptions of Roles

Two separate studies were undertaken simultaneously, in an effort to clarify the nature of the perceptions which clergy have regarding their counseling roles. In the first study a pastoral counseling survey (PCS) was developed to assess the actual role perceptions held by clergy. The PCS was shown to be a reliable and effective instrument for measuring role perceptions. The second study tested the hypothesis, suggested in the literature on counseling and pastoral counseling that the clergy'€™s role perceptions might be related directly to two variables: theological position (liberal-conservative) and counseling training. The PCS was administered to clergy representing liberal and conservative denominations in a four-state area of the Midwest. Both variables were upheld statistically. Liberal and conservative, and more and less trained clergy held different counseling role perceptions.

S.A. Clark and Dr. A.H. Thomas
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