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Sex Fact and Feeling: Educating Pastoral Educators

Sylvia Sacks
The Family Coordinator
Vol. 18, No. 3 (Jul., 1969), pp. 244-250
DOI: 10.2307/581986
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/581986
Page Count: 7
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Sex Fact and Feeling: Educating Pastoral Educators
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Abstract

This report summarizes a five-year program, under the auspices of the National Institute of Mental Health, wherein 25 faculty from universities and seminaries of Protestant Catholic faith studied a "counselor-educator" teaching approach. The teachers spent a one year sabbatical at the Division of Family Study, University of Pennsylvania. In over 200 meetings with ghetto or affluent youth and adults these teachers tried a new leadership role. One goal was to see if this model could be used for the preparation of teacher-clergymen who might more ably lead discussions about social-sex attitudes, and might better impart skills for interpersonal relationships. Seminars, supervision and community field work were part of the learning experiences. Described are the experiences of a Professor of Psychology and Pastoral Care, meeting with hardcore poverty groups to talk about the facts and feelings of sex and love in human relationships. How the traditional educator shifted in order to create the more active dialogue between leader and audience participant is noted. The potential limits and advantages of this counselor-educator prototype are examined.

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