The First Monday training program is an opportunity for participants 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, with the afternoon sessions being recorded.

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 welcome to participate in this experience. People who are not United Methodists from Indiana are welcome but will be required to register at a higher fee (see registration material). Those who participate in the First Monday experience can use this program in seeking the Pastoral Care Specialist with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

This national recognition requires a minimum of 50 contact hours of training and supervision. Participation also is 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.

The Rev. 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, Wilson also provides individual and group supervision for those who are working towards licensure and/or clinical certification in AAPC and/or AAMFT. He may be reached at 812-663-5683 or

First Monday begins Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be held at St. Mark’s UMC, 100 N. Hwy. 46 Bypass in Bloomington, Ind. 47408. The registration fee is $25 per session or $130 for all ten sessions for any clergy or laity of the Indiana United Methodist Conference. Unless otherwise noted, $100 per session for all others. First Monday runs from September 2014 through June 2015. Registration information can be found at