Educational Programs and Assessment Testing are Offered Throughout the Year
VIPCare offers one day Saturday retreats for couples of all ages planning to be—or recently—married. The retreat is designed to help you and your partner become acquainted at a deeper level and enhance communication, in conjunction with Marriage Preparation conferences with your minister.
For more information download a copy of the brochure here; registrations can be made by telephone (credit card payment) by calling VIPCare at 804.282.8332.
If you prefer, you can download, complete the brochure, and mail it with payment to VIPCare, 2000 Bremo Road, Suite 105, Richmond, Va. 23226.
NOTE: Program participants are required to complete an online Enneagram test (details will be provided); all retreat communication is via email.
Education offered by the Institute is professional, progressive, and personalized to the adult learner’s needs and abilities. Assessment of the student’s current capacity for pastoral care and counseling begins with the initial interview and application, continues with each course or supervision experience, and is repeated at regular intervals as the student progresses toward their goals. Coursework and supervision is designed to leverage personal responsibility and to challenge the student to grow holistically through blended learning experiences. Effective use of self is as important as acquiring core content knowledge consistent with one’s pastoral role. Technical skill and mastery should be accompanied by more transformational changes in self-understanding, the depth of one’s relatedness, and giving shape to each pastoral encounter. All of our students are expected to advocate the ethical standards of pastoral counselors consistent with their religious affiliation and the code of conduct of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
courses and seminars for 2018
For more information on professional education programs in 2018, please contact Director of Education, Donald D. Denton, D.Min,
The Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Inc. has provided psychological assessment of candidates for the ministry since 1971. Currently VIPCare provides approximately 150 assessments a year for the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Eastern Virginia, the Potomac, and the Eastern North Carolina Association of the United Church of Christ, Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and the Virginia Disciples of Christ Church.
The purpose of the psychological assessment process is to provide psychological consultation for candidates for the ministry and for denominational officials whose responsibility it is to make decisions regarding candidates for the ministry. The psychological assessment is understood to be one aspect of a larger discernment process and its intent is to provide consultation in terms of psychological readiness for ministry.
Upon request, psychological tests and a history form are sent to a proctor who administers the tests to the candidate and returns the completed tests to VipCare. The candidate may also come to the VipCare office to have the tests proctored. The particular tests used are determined in dialogue with the denomination.
The tests are scored by VipCare and a preliminary testing report is written.
A one hour interview is scheduled for the candidate at the VIPCare office, during which time the test results are shared with the candidate and the interviewer engages the candidate in conversation regarding the test results and the general history of the candidate.
A final report of 2-3 pages is written by the interviewer, reviewed by Dr. Douglas M. Thorpe, and sent to the persons designated by the denominational officials.
The report is usually divided into the following sections: background information in terms of the candidate’s history; personality profile from the testing; self-image; vocational interests from the testing; addendum from the candidate; readiness for ministry; concerns; questions the denominational interviewing committee may wish to ask the candidate. The outline may be altered to meet the needs of particular denominations. The process takes 45-60 days from the time the completed test materials are returned to VIPCare.
presentations & workshops
We offer a variety of presentations
Addiction and Substance Abuse–
Twelve Steps to Freedom
Spiritual Caregiving to Help Addicted Persons and Families
Addiction and Families: A Congregational Substance Abuse Ministry
Substance Abuse Prevention Ministry
Substance Abuse Recovery Assistance Ministry
Men Get Depression
Surviving the Storm: Depression in Teens
We’re Not THAT Dysfunctional
When Too Much Is Not Enough: Hoarding
Road Signs for Becoming a Good Man
Five Love Languages of Children
Common Diagnoses in Children
Retreats and Consultations for Church Staff and Boards
Baby Proofing Your Marriage
Principles for Making Your Marriage Work
Marriage – Ordained in Heaven but Made on Earth
Masters of Marriage
How Your Spirituality Affects Your Emotions and Physical Health