Pastoral Care and Counseling Concentration

Master of Arts

The Pastoral Care and Counseling Concentration is designed for those ministers who are called to a counseling ministry.  The program is not designed to qualify the graduate to work as a licensed counselor.  Completion of the "Pastoral Care and Counseling" concentration verifies successful completion of the courses required to earn the concentration and does not constitute a certificate or license that is required under Ohio law of any other state law to engage in the practice of professional counseling.

Concentration Course List

PS6000 Methods of Pastoral Counseling 3 credits 6 weeks

This course bridges the gap between theory and application by confronting the learner with challenges of practical counseling methodologies. Emphasis will be placed on the counseling process of relational, assessment, goal setting, intervention, and termination stages. Role-play practice counseling, verbatim work, and video analysis will be part of this learning experience.

PS6400 Spiritual Issues in Pastoral Counseling 3 credits 6 weeks

This course focuses on spiritual issues that can positively or negatively impact a person’s wellbeing. Christian and secular models of spirituality will be examined.

PS6200 Ethical and Legal Issues in Pastoral Counseling 3 credits 6 weeks

This course examines the highest ethical standards required for persons in counseling professions. Various ethical codes and landmark court cases will be discussed to help shape the student’s thought process.

PS6600 Pastoral Intervention in Crisis 3 credits 6 weeks

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the dynamics of crisis intervention. Several types of crises common to humanity will be considered along with models of appropriate pastoral intervention. The student will learn to relate biblical truth to the spiritual challenges that occur during a time of crisis and apply pastoral care skills appropriate to various situations. Processes for ministering to those experiencing crisis will also be examined.