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Chair, Leadership Development Committee

Fletcher_new_ed2_sharpedgesName: Rev. Wally Fletcher, D.Min., NCPsyA

Atlantic Region Executive Committee Member Role: second term as Chair of the Leadership Development Committee. He was recently elected as Chair of the national Leadership Development Committee and Beth Toler, M.Div., Th.D., LMFT, will serve as the new chair as he takes his position at the national level.

Previous Roles with AAPC: AAPC Fellow serving the Atlantic Region for over 30 years on Ethics, Social Concerns and Leadership Development committees; also as Secretary and Interim Regional Chair.

Current Practice: I am currently engaged in the private practice and supervision of psychoanalysis as well as consultancy with faith-based organizations. I teach graduate courses in Organizational & Strategic Leadership and in Pastoral Counseling at Neumann University and courses in the history and evolution of psychoanalysis at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis.

Areas of Interest or Specialty: I am interested in the wellness of helping professionals and the integration of mental/behavioral and spiritual health. I have recently been appointed to the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health’s Faith and Spiritual Affairs Advisory Board. I am also on the mental health faculty of CREDO, an intensive wellness program for clergy administered by the Pension Boards of the Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches US.

Title of Favorite Books/Movies with a Counseling/Healing/Hopefulness Theme: Two books: The Practice of Adaptive Leadership by Heifetz, Grashow & Linsky and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy-A Practitioner’s Guide by Nancy McWilliams. For me these books represent the leading edge of two disciplines I care most deeply about leadership and psychoanalytic therapy/supervision/education.

Importance of Developing Leadership for the Future: AAPC, like many organizations of its kind, is facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities. On the one hand it is no longer obvious to many professionals why associations like ours are important. On the other hand, our association’s focus and communal wisdom on the integration of mental/behavioral and spiritual health have never been more relevant–hence our collective voice at “the tables” where these conversations are happening now are more needed. Meeting these divergent trends requires leaders who understand what Ronald Heifetz the practice of adaptive leadership—the kind necessary when a system’s environment changes in ways that truly represent new territory. The development and empowerment of such leaders has to be among our highest priorities.

Word of Wisdom/Insight to share: For me wisdom is coming more and more to mean the practice of integration in ways that increase our capacity for wise decision-making and action. Some of the most important arenas for integrative practice for me right now are [1] spirituality and mental health care, [2] intergenerational knowledge and leadership sharing/development and [3] inter-cultural knowledge/wisdom sharing. I see these as especially critical for the future of AAPC.

Academic Preparation:

  • Doctor of Ministry, Concentration in Pastoral Counseling, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Dissertation: The Congregation and the Sphinx- Group Dynamics in Religious Organizations. May 1995.
  • Master of Theology, Pastoral Counseling, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, May 1976.
  • Master of Divinity, Concentration in Pastoral Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, May 1974.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Honors in Philosophy, Sterling College, May 1971.

Post Graduate Training

  • Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis, September 1997 – 2007. Certified Psychoanalyst, January 2007 and approved Supervising Analyst 2012.
  • Residency in Pastoral Counseling, The Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, 1979-1981.
  • Advanced Clinical Pastoral Education, Richmond Memorial Hospital, 1974-1975.
  • Basic Clinical Pastoral Education, Philadelphia State Hospital, Summer, 1974.