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Rev Professor Peter Gubi

The Rev Professor Peter Gubi, Professor of Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment at the University of Chester, will be awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree (DMin) when he graduates this week.

Professor Gubi’s research is interdisciplinary, linking theological insights with psychotherapy practice and understanding.

In 2015, he became the UK’s first Professor of Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment and one of just a few people to achieve more than one doctorate. He is also the first serving Minister in the British Province of the Moravian Church to be recognised as a Professor.

Professor Gubi gained a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in Counselling Studies at the University of Manchester in 2003 and in 2017, he was awarded a Doctor of Theology degree (ThD) in Theology and Practice from the University of Winchester.

As Professor of Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment, based in the Department of Social and Political Science at the University of Chester, Professor Gubi has led the Doctor of Professional Studies (DProf) programme in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies and the DProf in Psychological Trauma.  He also supervises PhD and MA research students.

Renowned nationally and internationally for his research, Professor Gubi gained his latest doctorate for his thesis ‘When the personal call to ordained ministry is not recognised by the Church: Implications for selection and pastoral care’.

Commenting on his prolific academic achievements, Professor Gubi said: “I love researching areas in which I have a personal interest, passion and curiosity, and doing it through a formal process like a doctorate keeps me motivated and less distracted by the day-to-day demands of academic life.

“I feel that I’m working towards something creative and original, and at the same time, making a contribution towards knowledge and practice in my field.”

Professor Gubi chooses research subjects that will help him, as a doctoral supervisor, to support his students. He said: “None of the areas I’ve covered have ever been researched before, and that is exciting. It’s how I work best and it’s also good to know that I’m still up to the task and undertaking a doctorate helps me in the advice that I can give my students.”

Professor Gubi says that even as he heads towards retirement, his passion for learning is still strong. He said: “In many ways, although I enjoy researching and studying for doctorates, it gets harder each time.

“My DMin is definitely my last one to achieve in this way, although I would still like to achieve a higher doctorate, preferably a Doctor of Divinity degree, from my publications one day.”

Professor Gubi is also a private practitioner counselling in the wellbeing and spiritual needs of clergy.

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