COVID UPDATE: APRIL 27, 2022
Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute (PPI) transitioned to a fully virtual service delivery system effective March 17, 2020 because of pandemic quarantine. To date, the organization remains in this status with plans to continue providing telehealth alongside eventual in-person counseling further expanding consumer choice and access to needed services. The hybrid system implementation is expected this Summer, determined by the health landscape and PPI's commitment to the welfare and safety of our clients and staff.
As we lean into a much longer time that PPI remains virtual, the tools necessary to keep this service functioning have become limited. Thus, we have made the difficult decision to place CAD on *hold until after the new year to re-engineer how we can provide this important service alongside all others. Please download the PDF below to read more
We continue to focus on how we can support all our clients and communities into the future. The CAD is a legacy program of PPI’s and its quality and accessibility are top priority. We are grateful for your support, understanding, and patience as we navigate these challenging times.
CAD is educational services designed to provide a psychological assessment of those in ministry and ordination candidates. The church has a right and obligation to seek out the best individuals for its ministry.
The purpose of the assessment is to provide a personality test and career profile, which may then be used by the referring agency to aid in its decision-making concerning the applicant’s vocation. It is not the purpose of the psychologist either to make a decision for the referring agency or to assess the legitimacy of the individual’s call to the ministry.
The assessment is only one source of data used in the psychology process by which the denomination “affirms” or “does not affirm” an individual’s call to ministry. The assessment is designed to evaluate the applicant in the following areas and any perceived deficiencies/problems that would impede a person from continuing as an applicant to the ministry:
After testing results and all payments have been received, Dr. Korczyk schedules a meeting to review these with the candidate, as well as to discuss the personal and vocational history. After this meeting (which lasts about 1.5 - 2 hours) Dr. Korczyk writes a report which is sent to the candidate to review. This allows the candidate a chance to ask any questions about the report, to provide feedback, or let Dr. Korczyk know the report can be sent as is. After this review, the report is sent to both the candidate and the referring religious governing body.
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