Pastoral Care Certificate

Pastoral Care Certificate

Students working toward a certificate in Pastoral Care will integrate knowledge and experience from both courses and experience in order to develop deeper skills in caring for persons who are in crisis and are suffering. The certificate is a great strategy to improve one’s care and counseling as a congregational pastor and other congregational leaders. It will also prepare persons to serve in chaplaincy settings (whether paid or volunteer) where a degree and professional certification as a chaplain is not required, such as law enforcement, fire departments, some prisons, and extended care facilities.

The certificate requires 9 hours graduate credit that may be rolled into a graduate degree program. BSK certificates may be continuing education for those who have already earned a graduate degree, or a starting place for those considering a M.Div.

Pastoral Care Certificate Courses

(enrolling in one course is not an agreement to take all three)

$600 per course

Required, if not previously completed:

  • Introduction to Pastoral Care Introduction to Pastoral Care 
  • Introduction to Pastoral Counseling: Theory and Techniques  Anticipated offerings: Every semester

Contact Steven Ivy (steve.ivy “at” concerning which course is more fitting for your intentions.

2 Electives in Pastoral Care and Counseling Anticipated Offerings

  • Fall 2020 – Pastoral Care with Children, Adolescents, and Families
  • Spring 2021 – Pastoral Care and Counseling: Personality Theory & Abnormal Behavior
  • Fall 2021 – Pastoral Care with Small Groups: Dynamics and Techniques
  • Fall 2021 – Applied Clinical Ethics
  • Spring 2022 – Pastoral Care: Death, Dying, and Grief
  • Fall 2022 – Psychology and Theology of Family: Theory and Techniques
  • Fall 2022 – Psychology of Religious Experience
  • Spring 2023 – Marriage and Family Counseling and Therapy