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Carol J. Cook
Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Hope College, BA cum laude; Michigan State University, MA; Princeton Theological Seminary, MDiv and PhD; Rutgers University; MSW

Carol J. Cook joined the Louisville Seminary faculty in 2000, having taught at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and served as a teaching fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary. Her teaching interests include the integration of psychology and theology, exploration of gender issues in church and society, and utilizing literature and the arts in theological education.

She is a marriage and family therapist, a licensed clinical social worker, and a certified pastoral counselor. While her clinical experience is broad based, Dr. Cook has a special interest in the challenges that adults face as they differentiate from and maintain relationships to their families of origin.

"In teaching, and in pastoral care and counseling settings, I seek to provide a safe space for people to explore and deepen their participation in the mysteries of the Christian faith and life. These encounters can offer comfort, challenge, or simply companionship, as together we question, grow and ultimately embrace our respective sacred journeys."

Dr. Cook has devoted much of her writing and research to issues in psycho-social human development and the way they intersect with growth in faith. This is reflected in her dissertation, Singing a New Song: Relationality as a Context for Identity Development, Growth in Faith, and Christian Education. Recent publications include a chapter entitled "The Practice of Marriage and Family Counseling and Liberal Protestant Christianity" in The Role of Marriage and Family Counseling(2008); "How childhood sexual abuse affects adult survivors' images of God: Aresource for pastoral helpers" co-written with MAMFT graduate, Cindy L. Guertin, for the 2008 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) website; and “Growing in Faith through the Life Cycle: A Literature Review: in Family Ministry: Empowering Through Faith (Spring 2004).

Dr. Cook is a member of the Reformed Church in America. She serves as a contributing editor for Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, is a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC); and an Approved Supervisor and Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT).
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