Last March Trenton Psychiatric Hospital (TPH), a state mental health facility with approximately 400 adult patients, celebrated thirty years of clinical training for seminary students. Many Princeton Seminary students did their field education at TPH, under the supervision of Dwight Sweezy, director of pastoral services, and alumni/ae of the TPH field education program were invited to return for a celebration that included worship, a tour, and a lecture. Wally Fletcher (M.Div., 1974), director of The Dialogue Center for Counseling and Consulting at the Presbyterian Church on the Mall in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, spoke on “The Role of Spirituality in Mental Health Care: The Passionate Conversation between Professor Freud and Pastor Oscar Pfister and Its Legacy.”

“TPH is one of the many excellent sites in our field education program,” said PTS Director of Field Education Deborah Davis. “For thirty years our students have faithfully served the TPH residents, people who live on the margin of our society, with enthusiasm and humility. The learning and healing have been reciprocal as PTS students and TPH residents have found encouragement and wisdom in the caring relationships that have developed between them. The fine pastoral and theological supervision given by Dwight Sweezy and Mary Jane Inman have made TPH a much sought after field education site.”