Faith & Science Bridge the Gap in New 2017 ~ 2020 Research Award
Grace Examined: Evaluating Gestalt Pastoral Care Spiritually Integrated Strategies For Clinical Effectiveness is an independent research project aimed at evaluating this theologically and theoretically integrated modality founded by the Rev. Tilda Norberg over thirty years ago. Combining spiritual companioning, healing prayer and gestalt experiments, GPC employs the following strategies which are the core of the research: foundational belief that God is always urging us towards greater wholeness; discernment; faith imagination; gathered church; prayer, laying on of hands, & anointing; and personal faith rituals. The research, administered by Brigham Young University, is funded through the Templeton Foundation and will be carried out from 2018 through 2020. Please check back to this site regularly for more information as results are analyzed.
Dr. Scott Richards, BYU Professor of Counseling Psychology, in congratulating the 22 recipients of this highly competitive award, stated that the study “has the potential impact of laying the empirical groundwork for the era of spiritually integrated psychotherapies.” He compared the potential import to the impact of the groundbreaking work of the eminent Carl Rogers, an American psychologist who founded client-centered therapy.
To participate in the research through individual, group or retreat work, please contact one of the following practitioners: Wanda Craner, Sara Goold, Clarejean Haury, David Janvier, Alexandra McCracken, Tilda Norberg, Susan VandeKapelle, Tom Nowak, or Betty Voigt.