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Integrative Pastoral Psychotherapy Program

This 180-hour program offers a certificate from Carolinas College of Health Sciences following successful completion of the four individual courses. The courses can be taken in any order.

Each class is held over three sessions of 15 hours, typically on Friday and Saturday. 

Each 45-hour course offers 4.5 CEUs from Carolinas College of Health Sciences as well as continuing education credits from the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). AAPC is a CEU provider for the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Audience:

Psychotherapists, professional counselors, and lay counselors/caregivers who desire to apply the perspective and clinical skills to counseling and psychotherapy.

Course Descriptions

Integrative Pastoral Psychotherapy

This continuing education course is an introduction to the biological – psychological – systemic- spiritual model of pastoral psychotherapy. Counseling theory, techniques, and clinical use of self are addressed through a collaborative perspective which integrates the literature of psychotherapy, medicine, body energy, cybernetics, systems, theology and spirituality.

The teaching and is drawn from psychotherapy, supervision, medicine (psychiatry, sleep medicine, and collaborative family medicine) as well as Healing Touch. This course is designed to meet requirements of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors Fellow Body of Knowledge Area 1. Core Clinical Theory.

Pastoral Diagnosis in Pastoral Psychotherapy

This continuing education course is designed to assist students in their ability to assess persons and systems utilizing learning style, developmental theory, systems, cybernetics, resiliency, and psychopathology as described in the DSM-IV-TR.

Treatment strategies will be applied through case studies to religious understandings of person, functional theological norms, and pastoral roles and tasks. This course meets the requirements for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors Fellow Body of Knowledge Area II. A. 3. Pastoral Diagnosis.

Pastoral Theological, Faith, and Spiritual Method in Pastoral Psychotherapy

This continuing education course is an introduction to interfaith methods for integrating theological, faith, and spiritual reflection and pastoral psychotherapy. Participants survey the historical and theological, faith, and spiritual foundations for pastoral psychotherapy, its grounding and contextualization in congregational and specialized ministry/services settings, and its critical relationship to behavior and other sciences.

Students will relate various methods to contemporary and inter-cultural contexts. Methods for critical reflection and decision-making will be applied to case studies and psychotherapy to foster your own theological, faith, and spiritual method. This course is designed to meet requirements for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors Fellow Body of Knowledge Area II. A.3. Pastoral Theological Method.

Spiritual Formation in Pastoral Psychotherapy

This course is an introduction to the understanding the premise that spiritual formation occurs uniquely within everyone intentionally or otherwise. This course is designed to assist participants to:

  1. Understand patterns and expressions of the spiritual component within the participant and also within the persons with whom they provide pastoral psychotherapy.
  2. Understand how pastoral psychotherapists might integrate the skills and interventions used by spiritual directors within their own clinical context. This course is designed to meet requirements for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors Fellow Body of Knowledge, Area II.B.3. Spirituality and Spiritual Formation.

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Program Information

Course Fee:
$450/course

  • Integrative Pastoral Psychotherapy (PDF)
  • Spiritual Formation in Pastoral Psychotherapy
  • Pastoral Theological Method in Pastoral Psychotherapy
  • Pastoral Diagnosis in Pastoral Psychotherapy
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