First Mondays

First Monday training program is an opportunity for persons to both grow in knowledge and train towards recognition in the area of pastoral care and counseling. Usually held on the First Monday of each month, mornings will be a theory seminar and afternoons will be both a consultation and supervision opportunity (the afternoon sessions will be taped). Topics to be included are brief-term, supportive counseling methods, crisis intervention, grief and loss, divorce recovery, pastoral diagnosis, referral, and the application of pastoral care principals in the broader functions of ministry.

Any pastor or lay person in the Indiana Conference is welcomed to participate in this experience. Persons who are not United Methodists from Indiana are welcomed but will be required to register at a higher fee (see registration material). Those who participate in the First Monday experience can use this in seeking the Pastoral Care Specialist with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. This national recognition requires a minimum of fifty contact hours of training and supervision. Participation is also opened to those who have already gone through a previous two-year cycle of training and/or who may be already recognized, certified, or licensed. Recognized as a Category I Training Center with AAPC, registrants may also receive continuing education credits through the National Board of Certified Counselors for an additional fee.

Dr. P.T. Wilson is the facilitator for these meetings. He is an Elder serving under full-time appointment at Greensburg United Methodist Church. Licensed as both a Mental Health Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, he is certified as a Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and as a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to this program, he also provides individual and group supervision for those who are working towards licensure and/or clinical certification in AAPC and/or AAMFT.

QUESTIONS:  P.T. Wilson at 812-663-5683 or


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