Self Care for Students 

Graduate theological education places considerable demands on students in terms of time, attention and focus. Navigating the complex challenges that come with balancing studies, family, employment and other life demands can be overwhelming at times. Time management is a vital skill, as well as the ability to effectively manage interpersonal relationships in an environment where the closely-held personal, spiritual, and theological beliefs of oneself and one's peers will be challenged and stretched. We encourage students to make a frank assessment of these demands and their ability to offer sufficient attention to each, and cultivate lasting networks that can  provide the student with support, encouragement, a sounding board to help with decision making, and alternative perspectives. These can include clearness and support committees within meetings and churches, or formal support groups established among peers. 

Students who wish to engage a spiritual director or counselor may consider the following professionals who offer their services to ESR students. 

Spiritual Directors

 
Ann Beattie
  • anndbeattie@gmail.com
  • “I have a background of 20 years as a Pastoral Counselor and nine years as a Spiritual Director. I offer a safe, confidential space to companion you as you explore your spiritual path. My background is as a Christian minister but I have a long time interest in Buddhist thought and practice. I work with people face to face and by Skype.”
 
Kelly Burk
  • kelly_burk@hotmail.com
  • 765-993-9789
  • Kelly is ordained in the Church of the Brethren
  • Spiritual direction certificate through Mercy Center
  • $25 fee per session for students
 
Paul Eckert
  • eckerpa@earlham.edu
  • 765-935-5292
  • Paul is a graduate of ESR
  • Former psychotherapist; Quaker; relational therapy (building relationships for healing); brings a very open and accepting presence to sessions
  • $40 fee for one hour session; $25 for students
 
Donna Elder
  • eder@indiana.edu
  • www.mtgileadretreat.org
  • “I have been a Spiritual Director for the past 17 years. During that time I’ve also been the co-ordinator for Mt. Gilead Friends (Quaker) Retreat where I offer direction to retreatants. As a Quaker I draw upon the Spirit as felt during the silence at the beginning (and often during) our sessions. I work with people from a variety of faiths and spiritual perspectives.”
 
Sarah Katreen Hoggatt
  • Lives in Oregon, but is available by phone or Skype
  • katreen16@hotmail.com
  • 503-910-4523
  • SarahKatreenHogatt.com
 
Robert Kern
  • Interfaith minister
  • Training with the Army Chaplaincy School and the Circle of Miracles School
  • 267-625-4787
  • Rev.rkern@gmail.com
  • $35 for up to a 60 minute session
 
Sue Kern
  • 914-5288
  • kernsu@gmail.com
  • Sue has worked at Earlham in the Newlin Center for Quaker Studies, trained with the Benedictines at Beech Grove with further study at Mercy Center for Ignatian Spirituality.
  • $20 (student) fee for one hour
 
Amy Gall Ritchie
  • MDiv, Bethany Theological Seminary 1991
  • DMin in Christian Spirituality, Columbia Theological Seminary 2012
  • Former pastor for 12 years, currently Director of Student Development at Bethany Theological Seminary
  • ritcham@bethanyseminary.edu
  • $40 per one hour session + follow up email
  • $40 per month for up to four in depth email interactions
  • In person/phone/Skype
 
Carol Sexton
  • MDiv, Earlham School of Religion
  • sextoca@earlham.edu
  • Two-year Spiritual Guidance Program with the Shalem Institute
  • For six years provided weekly individual spiritual nurture sessions for students in the Resident Program at Pendle Hill
  • Fee: $30 to $35 for an hour-long session
  • 66 S. 14th St. Richmond, IN or at another arranged meeting place on campus
 
Jackie Speicher
  • speichja@earlham.edu
  • Fee: $35 per hour
 
Susan Yanos
  • 765-478-5687
  • Susan is the former instructor for the Writing Program at ESR
  • Trained with the Benedictines at Beech Grove
  • Currently is in full time farming and spiritual direction

Area Counselors

Centerstone–Community Mental Health Center
  • 831 Dillon Drive
  • 765-983-8000
  • Toll free 24/7: 888-983-8000
 
James L. Girdley, LMHC
  • Professional Christian Counseling, Internet Counseling
  • 325 National Road West
  • 765-966-3113
 
Cindi Goslee, LISW, LCSW
  • 1121 Abington Pike Richmond, IN 47374
  • 513-325-0680
 
Loretta Gula, MDiv
  • 101 Quaker Hill Drive
  • 765-962-6997
 
Mary Schwendener-Holt, PhD, HSSP, MDiv
  • 103 N 15th St. Richmond, IN 47374
  • 765-966-9000
  • Friday and Saturday only
  • Student rate: $75 per hour
  • Accepts most insurance plans

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