Date of Award

Spring 2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program/Concentration

Counseling

Committee Director

Kaprea F. Hoquee

Committee Member

Jeffry Moe

Committee Member

Terrell L. Strayhorn

Abstract

The Black Church and its pastors are important in the African American community, and influence many aspects of daily life including education. There is a gap in the literature concerning professional school counselors' specific interaction with African American pastors. This phenomenological study examined the experiences of ten African American pastors regarding professional school counseling, including referral, collaboration, and consultation. The results highlighted three emerging themes: school counseling experiences, barriers to collaboration, and clergy-school collaboration. School counseling experiences focused on personal and professional experiences. Barriers to collaboration included themes such as separation of church and state and lack of visibility. Finally, clergy-school collaboration included outreach and resources. The implications from this study suggest a lack of understanding of all involved. The implications also suggest a willingness to collaborate.

DOI

10.25777/wq0k-qe53

ISBN

9781321827309

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