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Bethlehem, Pa., March 3, 2006—Bethlehem counselor, Rev. Dr. Janice Young ’91, has been chosen by her fellow Moravian Theological Seminary alumni to receive the Bishop Kortz Pastoral Counseling Award for her excellent work as a pastoral counselor. She will be honored by the Seminary's Alumni Association at its annual meeting on March 10th
The Kortz Award in Pastoral Counseling was established in 2004 to honor a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MAPC) graduate of the Seminary who has achieved excellence in the field of pastoral counseling ministry and has brought distinction to Moravian Seminary. Each fall, alumni of the Seminary are invited to make nominations for the award.
Janice Young was among the first students to enroll in the M.A.P.C. program when the Seminary instituted the degree in 1981. After completing her M.A.P.C. degree, Janice later earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Century University in 1995. She became a licensed clinical psychologist, served actively as a member of the Lehigh Valley Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association, and was certified as a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Her specialized ministry as a pastoral counselor was recognized by the United Methodist Church and in 1997 she was ordained a Deacon.
Young has been an effective practitioner and a strong advocate for pastoral counseling in the Lehigh Valley for over 25 years. Since 1980, she has served as pastoral counselor at Epworth United Methodist Church in Bethlehem. She served as the director of the Slate Belt Center of the Pastoral Institute of the Lehigh Valley from 1982-85 and as the clinical director of the Institute from 1987-88.
Since 1988, Young has been in practice as a pastoral counselor with Dr. Daniel Sullum in Bethlehem, where she has supervised several Seminary MAPC student interns. She has been active in community issues leading workshops and seminars on AIDS, grief, women’s issues, child abuse, and stress management. She has served as a court appointed counselor for Northampton County.
Young has been a strong advocate of the Seminary’s pastoral counseling program. Along with other committed alumni she helped to develop the MAPC Alumni Committee of the Seminary Alumni Board and its creation of a mentoring program for MAPC students and continuing education events for pastoral counselors. She served two terms on the Seminary’s Board of Trustees in the 1990s and began a new term on the Trustees this past fall.
The Kortz Award is a fitting recognition of Janice’s leadership, accomplishments, and strong advocacy for the field of pastoral counseling.
The award is named in honor of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Edwin W. Kortz, who, as a faculty member at Moravian Theological Seminary, was instrumental in developing the Pastoral Theology department and implementing the MAPC degree. Any MAPC graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary is eligible to be nominated for the Kortz Award.