Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Graduate School of Theology

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

David K. Lewis

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

David Wray


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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