Courses

  • STH TT 966: Fem/Womani Theo
  • STH TT 974: Religious Experience
    This seminar is a multidisciplinary study of religious experience, drawing on philosophy, theology, literature, psychology, sociology, the cognitive sciences, and the neurosciences. An advanced research seminar, this course presumes significant background knowledge in theology and philosophy and is designed for doctoral students. Advanced master's students can participate with the permission of the instructor.
  • STH TT 998: Theology and Trauma
    This course aims to bring the recent studies in the interdisciplinary study of trauma to bear on the field of theology. What unique challenges does the phenomenon of trauma pose to contemporary theology? The first part of the course explores recent studies in trauma, focusing on three areas of research: 1) neurobiology of trauma, 2) clinical/therapeutic studies, and 3) literary approaches to trauma. The second part of the course examines theological engagements with issues of radical suffering. The third part brings together the insights from the first two and focuses on the question of what it means to witness theologically to individual, societal, and global trauma. We will look at issues and contexts such as the criminal justice system, war, poverty, and racism. In this final part, students will be working towards constructive theological engagements with issues of trauma through interaction with a variety of mediums: art, literature, spiritual practices, and film. The course is not a counseling course. It aims to provide rich theological reflection around issues of suffering, violence, and trauma, both individual and global.
  • STH TY 704: Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling
    This course introduces a method of pastoral care as practical theology. Students will learn to assess the experiences of loss, violence, and addiction reflected in pastoral care conversations. They will use theological, psychological, and cultural studies to reflect upon these issues of loss or violence, and develop theologically based strategies of care and justice.
  • STH TY 803: The Psychology of Religion
    Examining methodological questions and issues in the psychological interpretation of religious matters by considering what is meant by 'religion' and what is involved in interpreting 'religion' psychologically.
  • STH TY 806: Theories of Human Development
    Human Development Course Description: The goal of this course is to achieve an understanding of the human developmental process and how that process integrates the growth of faith and the life of the community. We will use a series of theoretical readings, broader lectures by the professor, and selected autobiographies to apply theory. As our experiences provide excellent laboratory data, there will be various opportunities to examine our own life processes as a way of seeing theory in action. Course Objectives: By the end of the class, students should: - know the primary developmental theories, including psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, social learning, faith development and be able to identity of variety of lesser used theories - be able to critique developmental theories using the insights of feminist theory, studies in racism and sexual identity, and the reality of globalization - be able to apply theory to case material - discuss the relationship of human development and community context
  • STH TY 811: Object Relations and the Study of Religion
    Achieving familiarity with and fluency in a series of psychoanalytic theories of personality/character, development, relationships, motivation, health, and pathology, as a context in which to practice psychoanalytic interpretations of religious matters.
  • STH TY 814: Womanist Psychologies of Religion
    This seminar course will "engage womanist theology and ethics, womanist pastoral and practical theology for their embedded psychologies of religion. We will examine psychological aspects of Black women's religious experience in the U.S. Of particular interest will be the place, relationship and significance of black religious experience as a particular(ized) cultural psychological construction and experience. Additionally, we will take up for consideration the theological basis for articulating a womanist psychology of religion, and the argument that womanist epistemology, theological anthropology as well as practical and pastoral theologies are embedded in psychological dynamics and require an explicit articulation of a (psychoanalytic) psychology of religion.
  • STH TY 821: Psychoanalysis of/and Spirituality
    Examines the growing engagement between psychoanalysis and spirituality. Historically this has been contested ground with psychoanalytic theorists having little regard for religion and spirituality beyond the realm of a psychological interpretation. Over the last two decades, this has shifted and a number of works have been either written about psychoanalysis as spirituality; psychoanalyst's spiritual practices, and/or psychoanalysis of spirituality. The emphasis of these conversations has resulted in conferences dedicated to the topic as well as psychoanalysts specializing in spirituality. The impact on studies in spirituality has produced a more conscious interest in the relevance of psychodynamic perspectives of spirituality and spiritual direction. This course takes these shifts up while resisting the temptation to collapse the distinctions.
  • STH TY 826: Psychodynamics of Marriage and Family
    This is an introductory course that includes a comprehensive overview of the field of family systems and family therapy. This course will serve as an introduction to the theory and techniques of couples and family therapy. An attempt will be made to integrate theory and practice through assignments, class activities, and personal and professional self-reflection. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon how they might actually use course content professionally in their respective disciplines.
  • STH TY 842: Pastoral Psychology of Healing
    Every person, in her or his personal relationships and professional activities, is guided by a complex, often tacit, theory of healing, comprised of judgments about illness/suffering (what's wrong?); health/well-being (what's possible? what's ideal?); the trajectory from one to the other (how do we get there?); and factors that enhance as well as inhibit movement along that trajectory (what should we do?). Examining and comparing a range of theories of healing--in psychology, medicine, Christian traditions, world religions, and non-Western cultures--equips us critically to reflect upon, amend, if not reconstruct our respective theories of healing..
  • STH TY 854: Pastoral Theology and Psychology
    Practical theologians, pastoral theologians, and pastoral psychologists focus on different subject matters, use different methods, and address different audiences. Nonetheless, they share a common purpose: to diagnose, accurately and in-depth, concrete problems of the human condition (e.g., suffering, evil) and, correspondingly, to construct effective ways of addressing those problems (i.e., forms of intervention, strategies of care). This is a reading course that examines contributions of theologians, practical theologians, pastoral theologians, and pastoral psychologists, and provides a context in which students may investigate research problems that are especially relevant to their respective communities and traditions, as well as their particular vocational objectives (e.g., parish ministry, chaplaincy, pastoral care, seminary teaching).
  • STH TY 855: Pastoral Care, Community Justice and Feminist Ethics
    Two questions that undergird this course is 1)"what is the relationship between pastoral care and justice in and for the broader community?" and 2) "what do diverse feminist ethical and theological perspectives contribute this prior question?" These questions will guide us throughout the semester as we 1) read diverse perspectives on pastoral care and community justice; 2) visit ministry sites that seek to respond to various forms of structural, i.e. economic, healthcare; gendered, ethnicity/racial, sexuality, prison, etc. forms of injustices that impact specific communities; 3) articulate pastoral theologies of care that explicit integrate ethical commitments to justice and responsible pastoral action; 4) explore the difference that difference makes in the texts (human narratives as well as those written); 5) interrogate the exercise of power in unjust social, religious and structural practices and in justice oriented practices of care.
  • STH TY 857: African American Pastoral Theology
    In this course we will give our attention to the content of African American Pastoral and Practical Theologies as well as the pastoral practices that emerge from their methods, aims, sources and critiques. In other words, we want to understand what this contextually based theology means for pastoral leadership in black contexts. Specifically, this course privileges African American experience, religion, spirituality and modes of care. Finally this course will reconsider what we mean by "African American Pastoral Theology and Practical Theology" as well as the category "black religion" by widening the scope of where we look for African American pastoral contexts. That is, we will include the experiences and voices of those outside the historical black church congregation. In doing so, we will consider the question "does African American Pastoral theology have currency beyond the black Christian context?"
  • STH TY 864: Pastoral Psychology: The Self
    Formulating a model of self that takes into account matters of religion, faith, and spirituality; acknowledges the influence of culture, race, ethnicity, class, and gender; and coordinates the contributions of various traditions of inquiry.
  • STH TY 870: Pastoral Psychology of Groups
    This course has as its first focus the examination of the kinds of psychodynamics that are a part of group life, and the implications of these dynamics for participation in, working with, and serving in pastoral/religious leadership roles with groups in a variety of settings. This course will introduce students to the conscious and unconscious dynamics of group life, and therefore, will be concerned with the transference, countertransference, projection, group identity, and formation, etc. Additionally, the course will examine the relationship of race/ethnicity, culture, gender, class and sexuality as embedded and integral facets of the psychodynamics that shape group processes. Toward these ends, we will engage psychodynamic theories and concepts concerning the functioning of groups from pastoral psychoanalytic group perspectives, and consider what they might offer in the service of pastoral practice. Students will learn experientially about group processes by participating in a small group comprised of members of the class.
  • STH TY 901: Professional Seminar in Counseling Psychology and Religion
    This two-credit graduate level seminar will cover significant issues in the field of Counseling Psychology and Religion. Emphasis will be on discussion of the issues raised by the presenters and the readings assigned. The course is designed to create a greater sense of community and connection among Counseling Psychology faculty and students throughout the university and to increase socialization into the professional aspects of being a Counseling Psychologist.
  • STH TY 903: The Psychology of Religion
    Examining methodological questions and issues in the psychological interpretation of religious matters by considering what is meant by 'religion' and what is involved in interpreting 'religion' psychologically.
  • STH TY 906: Human Development
    Human Development Course Description: The goal of this course is to achieve an understanding of the human developmental process and how that process integrates the growth of faith and the life of the community. We will use a series of theoretical readings, broader lectures by the professor, and selected autobiographies to apply theory. As our experiences provide excellent laboratory data, there will be various opportunities to examine our own life processes as a way of seeing theory in action. Course Objectives: By the end of the class, students should: - know the primary developmental theories, including psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, social learning, faith development and be able to identity of variety of lesser used theories - be able to critique developmental theories using the insights of feminist theory, studies in racism and sexual identity, and the reality of globalization - be able to apply theory to case material - discuss the relationship of human development and community context
  • STH TY 911: Object Relations Theory for Pastoral Relationships
    Achieving familiarity with and fluency in a series of psychoanalytic theories of personality/character, development, relationships, motivation, health, and pathology, as a context in which to practice psychoanalytic interpretations of religious matters.