PPI staff are able to hold the educational workshops below upon request.  For currently scheduled events see here.


  • Personality Types and the church; Myers-Briggs and Spirituality
  • 2 kinds of discernment according to Ignatius: The discernment of spirit & the discernment of God’s will
  • Ignatian Meditation and Prayer
  • Ignatian “Examination of Conscience”
  • Ignatian spirituality and the desire for wholeness
  • Contemplative Prayer Practices
  • Gestalt Pastoral Care – inner healing through faith imagination and Gestalt practices.
  • Spiritual practices that reduce anxiety and depression
  • Spirituality for Seniors

Children and Family

  • The Ties that Bind: Helping Parents Transition their Children to College
  • Bullying
  • Family as a mobile: Family Systems Illustrated
  • Becoming a Safe Church
  • Healthy Parenting Strategies
  • A Layperson’s Understanding of Family Systems
  • Children and Grief
  • Faith and Personality Development in Children and Adolescents

Mental Health & Psychoanalysis

  • Dream Analysis
  • Dealing with Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Depression
  • Do I have depression because I lack faith?
  • Stages of Faith Development
  • CBT concepts – thought challenging.
  • Understanding Mental Illness
  • The faith community’s response to mental illness
  • Pastoral Care through the lenses of self-psychology
  • Pastoral Care through the lenses of existential psychology
  • Suicide – see our partner organization Soul Shop 

Ethics & Boundaries

  • Boundary setting
  • Self-care and compassion fatigue
  • Aspiration Boundaries: Beyond what not to do


  • Gambling addictions
  • Co-dependency
  • Understanding Substance Abuse and Addiction
  • The faith community’s response to substance abuse and addiction

Human Sexuality

  • Homosexuality and Transgender Issues

Women’s Issues

  • Friendships of women
  • Support/info for women whose partners have pornography problems
  • Women & self-esteem

Grief & Loss

  • Pastoral Care and Complicated Grief
  • Suicide
  • Grief: Where is God when it Hurts
  • Understanding and Experiencing Grief
  • Trauma & abuse
  • Incarceration, the Anti-social personality, and the church
  • Children and Grief
  • Grief and the Holidays

Marriage & Interpersonal Relationships

  • Communication skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Forgiveness
  • Healthy relationships
  • Loving wisely
  • Support/info for women whose partners have pornography problems
  • Divorce
  • Marriage Enrichment
  • Attachment in our current relationships

Senior Issues

  • Normal and Abnormal Aging – What to expect as we age and how to minister to older adults
  • Spirituality for Seniors
  • “Will you walk me home?” Attending the dying with a ministry of presence.
  • How to Set up a Visitation Program for Older Adults/Shut-ins

Self-Care & Wellness

  • Congregational Care of Clergy and Staff
  • Journaling our journey
  • Exploration of identity: Who are we at the center
  • Celebrating change: Dealing with life’s transitions

These are only some suggestion/ideas of the many topics for presentation…if you have a specific request in one of the category areas, please check with us and we will try to accommodate your request.

Contact: Rachel Kornfield Becker
Phone: 412-609-0448

Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute

6324 Marchand Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15206

Phone: 412-661-1239
Fax: 412-661-1304