Emotional distress in the form of anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder is multiplying every day in every society. With the ominous threat of war or financial collapse, plus the fear of personal economic disaster, huge segments of the population are finding it impossible to deal with the pressure.Historically, secular psychotherapy has not been an answer. The therapeutic approaches cannot be scientifically proved effective. The fact is that a troubled person will find better help talking to a non-professional than to someone who charges a professional fee. Such has been proven statistically in study after study.A central root of this lack of real help is that secular practitioners leave out spiritual considerations. They ignore the soul.Society needs far greater numbers of Christian therapists who understand the remedies of faith and the solutions to life that come from an understanding of God’s influence in one’s life; that is, professionals who practice their own faith and learn to address the supernatural as it affects the internal life of the sufferer.The few who recognize this need and aspire to become Christian clinical counselors must pay enormous tuition fees even to seminaries offering such courses of study. Countless men and women who have been called to the ministry of counseling are unable to afford an adequate education.In 2007, a new distance-learning seminary made the decision to make education a true ministry by charging a tiny fraction of prevailing tuition costs and to train its students to be truly qualified as Christian clinical counselors. The seminary continues to offer comprehensive doctoral programs at less cost than for a single course anywhere else.The curriculum has become very highly regarded in the Christian community largely because of the thoroughness of the course-work and the very close, personalized supervision of the program’s mentors. The early graduates have found great success in their work as Christian therapists. Their patients make progress in a short time in contrast to the accepted years-long duration of traditional psychotherapy.This institution, St. James the Elder Theological Seminary, is headed by Bishop Heyward Ewart, Ph.D., D.D., a Catholic psychotherapist with nearly 30 years of continuous treatment and teaching experience. Thus far, because the seminary has remained small, he has been able to mentor all of the Ph.D. candidates in this program. There is also a curriculum for theology doctorates.Many who feel the call to counsel but cannot go into debt will find a solution at the seminary’s website, http://stjamestheelderseminary.org.
About Fr. Heyward
Causes Fr. Heyward Ewart, Ph.D. Supports
Intervening for and treating victims of child and domestic abuse; pro-life activists; societal reform by understanding and applying correctly the...