Abilene Campus (Residential)
Date of Award
Graduate School of Theology
Doctor of Ministry
Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor
David K. Lewis
Third Committee Member or Committee Reader
A training program for training prisoners at a maximum security prison in Texas to do initial pastoral counseling with their peers was developed and taught. Emphases in the program were on theological and biblical foundations for helping and on teaching counseling values and communications skills. A training seminar group and a no-training control group were established to attempt to determine the effectiveness of the training. Each group was comprised of 12 inmates selected by the chaplain using certain criteria. The training program continued for ten two-hour seminars, using an integrated didactic and experiential format. The training was preceded by a videotaped pretest of subjects in both groups for their measure of empathic communication in counseling, and it was concluded with a similar posttest of both groups.
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Drum, Vance Lawrence, "Pastoral Care at Eastham Prison: A Program for Training Inmates to Help as Peer Counselors" (1991). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 734.