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Graduate Studies

Pastoral Care and Counseling Certificate
of Advanced Studies in Pastoral Counseling

The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) is designed for students who are seeking professional enrichment or who wish to integrate pastoral identity into a previous Master’s degree in the mental health field. The certificate is not a substitute for a Master’s degree, nor is it intended to be the sole mechanism for entrance into the Pastoral Counseling profession. In consultation with a faculty advisor, the CAS student designs an individualized learning contract covering 15 graduate credits.

The student who successfully completes these 15 credits in fulfillment of the individualized learning contract is awarded the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS).

Upon completion of the CAS, students may elect to transfer their credits towards the Master’s degree upon the recommendation of the faculty.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Pastoral Counseling Program Outcomes

At the completion of the CAS program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the relationship between spirituality and psychology, both in theory and clinical practice.

  • Demonstrate a beginning knowledge of the spectrum of psychological theories and clinical modalities.

  • Understand the differences between spiritual leadership, pastoral counseling, and spiritual direction.

  • Understand the various paths for further professional development in the pastoral counseling field and have sufficient information to pursue them, if so desired.

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