Welcome! My name is Joe Pickard, PhD, LCSW, and I would like to welcome you to www.clergycounseling.org! This site is designed to provide a synopsis of the Clergy Counseling Project that was conducted at University of Missouri-St. Louis. Both the site and the project are dedicated to the hard working men and women of the clergy who give so much of themselves to help others and to make the world a better place. The Clergy Counsleing Project examined the counseling services that clergy provide to older adutls and their families, often around such issues as depression and anxiety.
Overview of the Clergy Counseling Project:
The purpose of the Clergy Counseling Project was to learn more about the counseling that clergy do with older adults and their families. We used a mailed survey to ask clergy in St Louis City and County basic demographic questions about themselves and their congregations; we asked about their training and preparation; we asked about their knowledge of and attitudes toward older adults and mental illness. All information provided was kept strictly confidential, and respondents were anonymous.
For information on how we administered the survey, a copy of the survey itself, and some selected results, please click on the tabs at the top of this page.
Thank you for visiting, and if you have any further quesitons, please contact me!
Joseph G. Pickard, PhD, LCSW Assistant Professor, Hartford Faculty Scholar UM-Saint Louis, School of Social Work 213 Bellerive Hall, One University Blvd. Acknowledgements: I would like to thank the John A. Hartford Foundation for the generous support that made this project possible. I would also like to thank Ms. Katherine Behr, Ms. Robin Kimberlin, Dr. Denise King, Ms. Biuja Paudyal, and Mr. Gabriel Weitkemper for their assistance. I would like to thank Mr. Gary Kolarcik, former Executive Director of St Louis based Faith Beyond Walls, for his support and his input into the development of the survey. Most of all, I would like to thank the 524 men and women who took the time to complete the survey. Without you, this would not have happened.