Built upon the
following frameworks, the IFCT is committed to promoting the
practical benefits of having sensitized, concerned and well-trained
clergy partner with governmental, corporate, and philanthropic
sectors of society in promoting safe and stable families.
The IFCT believes that
most "Holy Books" charge their readers and faith adherents to
provide for the well-being of children and the strengthening of
Current social science
and evidence based research across multiple disciplines, support the
inclusion of faith and spiritual values in the mental and physical
wellbeing of children and their families.
Utilizing the cutting-edge research of Dr. Ram Cnaan (University of
Pennsylvania), Dr. Harold G. Koenig (Duke University), and Dr. Froma
Walsh (University of Chicago), the IFCT advances a deliberate agenda
of integrating religion, faith, spirituality and social science
C. PRACTICAL FRAMEWORK:
A May, 2003 study by
the American Psychiatric Association, concludes that, "African
American urban ministers functioning as pastoral counselors
constitute an engaging and useful group with experiences and skills
that can be tapped by interested secular professionals. Their work
represents a significant mental health resource for persons who lack
sufficient access to needed care."
Cnaan, MSW, PhD
Cnaan is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Doctoral
Education at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social
Policy and Practice. He is also the Director of the Program for
Religion and Social Policy Research and
President of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations
and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
Dr. Harold Koenig, MD,
Dr. Harold G. Koenig is
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Duke University and
Co-Director of The Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health.
Dr. Froma Walsh, MSW,
Dr. Froma Walsh is the Mose and Sylvia
Firestone Professor Emerita in the School of Social Service
Administration and Department of Psychiatry, Pritzker School of
Medicine, at the University of Chicago. She is also Co-Founder and
Co-Director of the Chicago Center for Family Health.