Danville United Methodist Church



The First Monday training program is an opportunity for persons to both grow in knowledge and train towards recognition in the area of spiritual 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 afternoons 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 below).  This program was recognized as a Category 1 Training Center with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and could be used in seeking the Spiritual Care Specialist with AAPC, a national recognition requiring a minimum of fifty contact hours of training and supervision.  AAPC is now joining with APCE:  the Standard for Spiritual Care and Education.  It is expected that the Spiritual Care Specialist recognition will be continued.  First Monday is 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.

Dr. P.T. Wilson is the facilitator for these meetings.  He is the ordained clergy serving under full-time appointment at Danville United Methodist Church.  Licensed in Indiana as both a Mental Health Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, he is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, the International Association of Group Therapy and Group Process, and APCE Psychotherapist:  the Standard for Spiritual Care and Education.    He may be reached at 317-745-5964 or pt.wilson@inumc.org

Date:                           Begins September 9, 2019 (see listing below)

Time:                          9am until 4:30pm

Location:                    St. Mark’s UMC, 100 N. Hwy. 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN, 47408

Registration fee:        $40 per session or $175 for all ten sessions for any clergy or laity of the Indiana United Methodist Conference.  Unless otherwise arranged,  $140 per session for all others.

Checks should be written to Dr. P.T. Wilson with “First Monday” in the memo section.  Send registration including your address, phone number, cell number, and email address, to Dr. P.T Wilson, PO Box 1942, Bloomington IN  47402.



dates and topics for First Monday                September 2019-June 2020

Location:         St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 100 N. Hwy. 46 Bypass,                                                                                                                    Bloomington IN  47408

Theory Seminar                         9am-noon

September 9, 2019      Getting Started:  Spiritual Care, Counseling, Pastoral Counseling,                                                                                       and Psychotherapy

October 7, 2019          Getting Started:  Knowing When and How to Make Referrals


November 4, 2019      The Importance of Hope (please read “Hope” by Andrew Lester).

December 2, 2019       The Importance of Boundaries (please read “Boundaries” by                                                                                                                       Townsend and Cloud).


January 6, 2020           Energy Psychology:  An Overview Historically

February 3, 2020         Energy Psychology:  Models of Energy with Individuals

March 2, 2020             Energy Psychology:  Models of Energy with Groups

March 30, 2020           Energy Psychology:  Energy and Conflict


May 4, 2020                Impacts of New Cults and Sects on Western Religion

June 1, 2020                Concepts of God and Applications with Spiritual Care


Afternoon supervision group             1-4:30pm


Plans through APCE are being developed for a Conference in our region on spiritual care work. The dates are May 11-14, 2020, and it will be held in Cleveland, OH.   As more details are made public, participants in First Monday will be encouraged to attend.