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The Pastoral Care and Counseling Concentration is designed for those ministers who are called to a counseling ministry. The concentration 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.

  • Integration of theory and application through practical counseling methodologies with emphasis on the counseling process of relational, assessment, goal setting, intervention, and termination stages.
  • This course is designed to introduce, examine ethical principles, and challenge the thinking of the student, endeavoring to make application to the pastoral counselor and similar ministries. The student will investigate legal elements of pastoral ministry and the local church, including online exploration of lawsuits involving various ministries.
  • Integration of a Christian worldview, Scripture, and theological reflection into the pastoral counseling process with emphasis on thinking critically about the counselor’s and counselee’s belief systems in light of the Gospel, and its contribution to wholeness and healthy functioning.
  • The dynamics of crisis intervention with models of appropriate pastoral intervention, including application of biblical truth to spiritual challenges during a time of crisis, pastoral care skills appropriate to various situations, and ministry to those experiencing crisis.
This degree program is available in the following format:

100% Online courses in a 5-week as-you-go flexible format for busy adults featuring forum discussions and weekly assignment deadlines. Serves both undergraduate and graduate students.