The First Monday training program is an opportunity for persons to both grow in knowledge and train towards certification 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 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 welcomed 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 training when seeking the Pastoral Care Specialist from the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. This national recognition requires a minimum of fifty contact hours of training and supervision. Participation is also open to those who have already gone through a previous two-year cycle of training and/or who may be already recognized, certified or licensed. Registrants may also receive continuing education credits through the National Board of Certified Counselors for an additional fee.

The Rev. Dr. P.T. Wilson is the facilitator for these meetings. He is the ordained clergy serving under full-time appointment at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church in the West District; he is also the University Chaplain for DePauw University. 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 Member 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 clinical certification in AAPC and/or AAMFT. He may be reached at 765-658-6776 or

Date: Begins September 12, 2012 (see listing below)

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Theory seminar will be held from 9 a.m. until noon. Afternoon supervision group will be held from 1-4 p.m.)

Location: St. Paul’s UMC, 4201 W. Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47404

Registration fee: $25 per session or $130 for all ten sessions for any clergy or laity of the Indiana United Methodist Conference ($80 per session for all others).

Dates and topics for First Monday September 2011-June 2012:

  • September 12, 2011: Defining pastoral care, counseling, pastoral counseling, and psychotherapy
  • October 3, 2011: Knowing when and how to make referrals
  • November 7, 2011: Physical expression and its meaning(s)
  • December 5, 2011: Body language as it relates to healing and growth
  • January 9, 2012: Pastoral care with senior citizens
  • February 6, 2012: Assessment of senior citizens
  • March 5, 2012: Mental health counseling and senior citizens
  • April 2, 2012: Pastoral counseling with senior citizens
  • May 7, 2012: Pastoral care and the concept of hope
  • June 4, 2012: Pastoral care and the concept of humor

It also is suggested that all participants attend the following local CE event held September 23-24, 2011, Mid-West Region Conference of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, at Marriott Hotel, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Any pastor or lay person in the Indiana Conference is welcomed to participate in this experience.