Pastoral Counseling Concentration

M.Div. with Concentration in Pastoral Counseling

Opportunities and Outcomes

An academic concentration in pastoral counseling provides in-depth knowledge and skill for those who are called to formal counseling ministries. On-going supervision of one’s counseling will be required to develop deeper competence and licensure following graduation.

  • Persons called to public counseling ministries will earn most of the academic requirements for pursuing Kentucky licensure as a “Kentucky Licensed Pastoral Counselor.”
  • Persons called to church-based counseling ministries that do not require state licensure will receive in-depth formation for trust-worthy broad and deep human engagement.

Students will have their pastoral imaginations engaged and expanded as they integrate their Biblical and theological studies with pastoral counseling methods in service of the spiritual well-being of those within their care.

This degree also provides an exceedingly strong base for counseling students with a spiritually-integrated focus who are interested in pursuing degree programs in licensed counseling specialties such as marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, and social work.

This degree also provides an exceedingly strong base for counseling students with a spiritually-integrated focus who are interested in pursuing degree programs in licensed counseling specialties such as marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, and social work.

Persons interested in licensed counseling recognition in other states may earn academic credits that are transferable to degree programs and licenses in their states. (BSK cannot guarantee which, if any, courses will be accepted by other academic degree programs or professional licensure boards.)

Concentration Requirements

Required courses provide 24 hours of credit toward the 90 hour M.Div. with Pastoral Counseling Concentration. These include:

  • Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (6 hours = 1 accredited unit)
  • Applied Clinical Ethics
  • 4 additional PCC course electives

In addition, 2 free elective courses may be chosen from any discipline, though students are strongly encouraged to ensure these are well-integrated with their pastoral counseling program.

All Pastoral Counseling students are strongly encouraged to include pastoral and spiritual care related assignments in non-PCC courses (Bible, Theology, and Ethics, for example). The course professor and Steven Ivy can assist in focusing required assignments.

All Pastoral Counseling students are strongly encouraged to complete their Benediction capstone project with pastoral counseling themes and practices as their core focus.

Anticipated elective 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