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 Masters degree in the mental health field.
The certificate is not a substitute for a Masters 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 Masters 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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