Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Students interested in offering spiritual care of persons facing difficult circumstances take four courses in the area of spiritual and pastoral care. Applicants for this certificate must also complete an interview with faculty before acceptance to this certificate option. Students take four courses totaling 12–16 credits in the area of spiritual and pastoral care.

All students will take:

Pastoral Theology and Care in addition to a clinically based course such as:

  • Spiritual Care in a Clinical Setting (4 credits)
  • Spiritual Care in Pluralistic Contexts (4 credits)
  • Substance Abuse and Dependence (4 credits)
  • Self Care: Theological and Psychological Perspectives (4 credits)
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Pastoral, Psychological, and Theological Responses (4 credits)
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (8 credits)

Admissions Process

After consulting with faculty and admissions staff and submitting an application, applicants will meet with faculty for a 30 minute interview, which will assess:

  • Personal readiness for reflection based learning
  • Readiness to assume a role as spiritual care provider in the clinically-based coursework that is part of this certificate
  • Capacity to integrate religious, spiritual, and theological reflection into prior learning and professional functioning

See details on the pastoral and spiritual care certificate.