Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
obsessive, morbid, jealous, OMJ, resilience, compulsive, suspicious
Counseling | Practical Theology
Reinhardt, David M., "Preparing Church Counselors for Obsessive Morbid Jealousy" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4772.
This research addressed the problem of the lack of training in pastoral counselors in the Iglesia Bíblica Bautista de Iquique, Chile, to help wives and their families suffering suspicious jealousy due to childhood traumas. This DMIN action research project trained pastoral counselors to connect childhood trauma to wives suffering suspicious jealousy. There are two stages of this action research; the first is to establish the connection of obsessive morbid jealousy (OMJ) to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The second is to prepare pastors and counselors to recognize the symptoms and causes of obsessive morbid jealousy and to have a clear strategy to create change that will make a difference. This research used two questionnaires each for spouses with obsessive morbid jealousy and a different questionnaire for the pastors and counselors to discover their level of preparation. This research chose nine couples based on the questionnaires and previous counseling of wives with obsessive jealousy. Each participating husband and wife (18 total) took two interviews; the first established the presence of obsessive, jealous traits and the second discovered adverse childhood experiences that may have led to this condition. The results from the questionnaires, the interviews, and the field notes from previous counseling showed a clear connection between the OMJ to ACEs, specifically the adverse role of an unfaithful father. This researcher will use these results to prepare a training program for pastors and counselors of the Iglesia Bíblica Bautista de Iquique and its satellite missions.