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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

Business Title



  • Demonstrate Pastoral Leadership

  • Demonstrate Skills /Acumen

  • Required Clinical Experience CPE

  • Attend Life Skills Training Classes

  • Attend Anger Management Classes

  • Attend Pastoral Counseling Classes

  • Ordination and Ministers License

  • Consent to a Background Check

  • Pastoral Educational Background

  • Professional Liability Insurance

  • Associate Membership in IACPC


Pastoral Counseling Liability Coverage helps protect churches from exposures associated with spiritual guidance that is provided by pastors


Faith-based counselors can also obtain professional liability insurance that covers legal defense costs if they are sued for negligence, such as advice that harms a church member


Chaplain malpractice insurance is a form of liability insurance offered to protect chaplains, priests, and other clergy members, and the amount of coverage often depends on an individual's scope of work and the size of the congregation

Salaries for Pastoral Counselors:

  • The average salary for Pastoral Counselors in the United States is around $40,735 per year.

  • Pastoral Counselors in San Francisco, CA, have the highest average salary, earning around $60,732 per year.

  • The average hourly rate for Pastoral Counselors is $21.28 per hour.

  • Salaries for Pastoral Counselors typically range between $33,000 and $58,000 yearly.

  • The salary of a Pastoral Counselor can be influenced by factors such as location, education, and experience

  • For those transitioning straight from college to ministry, the salary may be lower, around $32,000 per year.

  • The salary of a Pastoral Counselor can vary depending on the specific role and responsibilities within the ministry.

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for all mental health counselors, including Pastoral Counselors, was $47,920 in 2018.

Success in the field of Pastoral Counseling can be subjective and may vary depending on individual goals, job performance, and the impact made on the lives of those being counseled. Success can be measured by factors such as client satisfaction, personal growth and development, positive outcomes in counseling sessions, and the ability to make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and families.


Accredited Certifications
CEUs and CPEs

Relationship Management
Pre-marital Counseling
Marriage Counseling
Family Counseling

Youth Counseling
Stress Management

Pastoral Counseling

Parenting & Co-Parenting

Life Skills Management

Theft Intervention & Prevention

Cultural Bias & Sensitivity

Trauma Informed

First Responder in Emergencies

Law & Citizenship Engagement

Pastoral Counseling


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 2 day CEU re-training at 450.00. This Certification can be applied towards the Clinical Pastoral Education.) credentials. 

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 Certified Pastoral Counselors

Complete Pastoral Training for The Marketplace

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Biblical Concepts of Christian Counseling:


Isaiah 9:6 is a scripture that reads, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son

is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace"

This verse is a prophecy about the coming of Jesus Christ, who is referred

to as a "Wonderful Counselor". The word "wonderful" in this context means "full of wonder" or "marvelous," while "counselor" refers to someone who gives wise advice or guidance. Jesus is described as a wise counselor who is qualified in ways that no human counselor is, as He knows what is

in each person and is able to advise His people thoroughly.

As our Wonderful Counselor, we can trust Jesus to listen to our problems

and guide us in the right direction In the Bible, Jesus is described as a Wonderful Counselor. This title is mentioned in Isaiah 9:6, which prophesies about the coming of Jesus Christ. The term "Wonderful Counselor" signifies

that Jesus is an extraordinary and marvelous advisor.


Here's how Jesus is described as a counselor in the Bible:


  1. Jesus provides wise counsel: As the Wonderful Counselor, Jesus offers guidance and advice that surpasses human understanding. He has perfect wisdom and knowledge.

  2. Jesus understands our needs: Being fully God and fully human, Jesus empathizes with our struggles and knows what is in our hearts. He can relate to our experiences and offer counsel tailored to our specific situations.

  3. Jesus gives peace: As the Prince of Peace, Jesus brings inner peace to  

     those who seek His counsel. He offers comfort, assurance, and a sense

     of calm amidst life's challenges.

  4. Jesus intercedes for us: Jesus not only provides counsel but also intercedes

     on our behalf. He prays for us and advocates for us before God.

  5. Jesus' counsel is powerful: Jesus' counsel is not just words; it is accompanied

     by the power to bring about successful resolutions to our problems.

Overall, Jesus is described as a Wonderful Counselor because He offers divine wisdom, understands our needs, brings peace, intercedes for us, and provides powerful counsel. We can trust in His guidance and seek His counsel in all aspects of our lives

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 the counseling ministry and ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in 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 receive and allows them to provide counseling services to individuals  inside 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.


Counseling Course Description:

This course explores the foundational principles and techniques

of counseling within a pastoral context. Students will learn various counseling approaches, including person-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy. This course equips pastors with the necessary skills to provide effective counseling support to individuals facing various challenges and struggles

Family Counseling

Course Description: This course focuses on the dynamics of family systems and the role of pastoral counselors in providing support and guidance to families. Students will learn about family therapy theories, communication patterns, and strategies for addressing common family issues. This course emphasizes the importance of promoting healthy family relationships and facilitating healing within the family unit.

Children and Youth Counseling

Course Description: This course explores the unique aspects of counseling children and youth within a pastoral context. Students

will learn developmentally appropriate counseling techniques, play therapy approaches, and strategies for addressing common issues

faced by children and adolescents. This course emphasizes the importance of creating a safe and supportive environment for young individuals to express their emotions and navigate challenges.

Premarital Counseling

Course Description: This course focuses on preparing couples for marriage through premarital counseling. Students will learn assessment tools, communication skills, and strategies for addressing common premarital issues. This course emphasizes the importance of equipping pastors to guide couples in building strong foundations for their marriages and addressing potential challenges that may arise.

Stress Management

Course Description: This course explores the impact of stress on individuals' well-being and equips pastoral counselors with strategies to help individuals effectively manage stress. Students will learn

stress management techniques, relaxation exercises, and coping strategies. This course emphasizes the importance of promoting holistic well-being and providing support to individuals experiencing stress-related challenges.

Parenting and Family Counseling

Course Description: This course focuses on equipping pastoral counselors with the knowledge and skills to provide support and guidance to parents and families. Students will learn about parenting styles, family dynamics, and strategies for addressing common parenting challenges. This course emphasizes the importance of fostering healthy parent-child relationships and promoting positive family dynamics.

Domestic Violence

Course Description: This course addresses the sensitive issue of domestic violence within a pastoral counseling context. Students

will learn about the dynamics of domestic violence, its impact on individuals and families, and strategies for providing support and intervention. This course emphasizes the importance of creating

a safe and supportive environment for individuals affected by

domestic violence and equipping pastoral counselors to address

this issue with sensitivity and care.

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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