NEW YORK (Jan. 16)
Yeshiva University has been awarded a five-year research grant by the National Institute of Mental Health to develop a training program in marriage and family problems for clergymen, Dr. Samuel Belkin, president, announced today.
The $224,150 grant will be used to find an effective means “to acquaint clergy with knowledge from the behavioral and medical sciences concerning marriage and family for the purpose of enabling them to more effectively perform their pastoral functions in helping individuals acquire more satisfactory and mature marriage, family and home relation ships.” The project will be conducted under the direction of Rabbli I. Fred Hollander, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Psychology in Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.
In announcing the new grant, Dr. Belkin said: “Yeshiva University’s Project in Marriage and Family is predicated on the assumption that the clergyman’s function is to utilize his unique potential capacities to help maintain and strengthen the family unit rather than to emulate the role of the psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker in these areas. The clergyman’s contribution consists of assisting parents and children to find in marriage, family and home the resources for developing mature patterns of daily living.”