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Pastoral Care

Counseling Techniques

Family Counseling

Children/Youth Counseling

Premarital Counseling

Stress Management

Parenting/Family Counseling

Domestic Violence

Trauma-Informed Care

Biblical Counseling

Christian Counseling

Solution-Focused Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Person-Centered Therapy

Human Development

Pastoral Ethics

Worldview Approach

Integrated Counseling

Sexual Abuse Counseling

 Pastoral Counseling

Legal and Ethical Issues

Liability Issues

Mental Health Treatment

Graduate-Level Training

Pastoral Training Certification can increase job viability for ordained pastors or licensed ministers who wish to become more effective as counselors in their current job or serve as a church counselor. Training and education are available for those who wish to practice pastoral counseling in various formats.
To become certified, the perspective counselors must meet the requirements of IACPC, and receive graduate-level training in both theology and psychology. Certified Pastoral Counselors will be trained and must have degrees with their experience and training.

The International Association of Certified Pastoral Counselors (IACPC) is a Christian faith-based association that issues the Pastoral Counselor Certification. In order to be certified, counselors also need to show that they are active in their religious community on a local level and have served at least 10 years in a pastoral counseling setting. The certification process can increase job viability for pastoral counselors, as it demonstrates a level of expertise and commitment to the field.

In addition to the Pastoral Counselor Certification, there are other certifications available for pastors, such as Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program
. We help Pastors gain the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively serve as counselors in their current job or as church counselors to their own congregation.

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 Certified Pastoral Counselors

CPE Program

Complete Pastoral Training for The Marketplace

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Course Introductions for the areas of Pastoral Counseling

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the field of pastoral counseling, focusing on a solution-based model for short-term counseling. Students will learn facilitation skills, cognitive behavioral approaches, and biblical teaching to effectively counsel individuals in need. The course emphasizes the importance of equipping leaders in ministry for counseling. It ensures efficiency and effective pastoral counseling.

Counseling Under Religious Freedom

Accreditation: The International Association of Certified Pastoral Counselors (IACPC) is an accrediting body that provides certification for pastoral counselors. This certification recognizes the specialized training and education that pastoral counselors will receive and allows them to provide counseling services to individuals both inside and outside of their religious organization.

  1. Freedom of Religion: The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion, allowing religious organizations to practice their beliefs and provide counseling services to their members.

  2. Clergy-Penitent Privilege: This privilege protects confidential communications between a member of the clergy and an individual seeking spiritual guidance or counseling. This privilege allows pastoral counselors to provide a safe and confidential environment for individuals to express their concerns and seek guidance.

  3. Religious Exemption: Some states have laws that exempt pastoral counselors from licensing requirements, allowing them to provide counseling services without a license. These exemptions are based on the belief that pastoral counseling is a religious practice and not a form of mental health treatment.

Pastoral Counseling Certificate CPE

We are pleased to offer a Pastoral Counseling Certificate program designed specifically for pastors seeking to enhance their counseling skills and credentials. This program provides a comprehensive study of pastoral counseling, equipping pastors with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide effective support and guidance to individuals and families in need.


Key Program Details

Study Hours: The program consists of 40 hours of dedicated study, covering various aspects of pastoral counseling.

Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, pastors will receive a Pastoral Counseling Certificate, recognizing their specialized training in this field.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): The certificate program offers a 3 day CEU re-training at 445.00. This Certification can be applied towards the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) credentials. 

Course Topics:

  1. Introduction to Pastoral Counseling: An overview of the principles and foundations of pastoral counseling.

  2. Counseling Techniques: Exploring various counseling approaches and techniques within a pastoral context.

  3. Family Counseling: Understanding the dynamics of family systems and developing skills to provide effective family counseling.

  4. Children and Youth Counseling: Equipping pastors with the knowledge and techniques to counsel children and youth.

  5. Premarital Counseling: Providing guidance and support to couples preparing for marriage.

  6. Stress Management: Strategies for helping individuals manage stress and promote holistic well-being.

  7. Parenting and Family Counseling: Addressing common parenting challenges and promoting healthy family dynamics.

  8. Domestic Violence: Sensitively addressing the issue of domestic violence and providing support to those affected by it.


Our program draws from reputable institutions and incorporates the

best practices in pastoral counseling. It aims to equip pastors with the necessary tools to provide compassionate and effective counseling within their ministry. We believe that this certification will enhance

your pastoral skills and enable you to make a positive impact on the lives of those you serve.

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