Certificate in Pastoral Counseling

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling

CalSouthern’s Certificate in Pastoral Counseling is an 18-credit program, comprised of the following six required courses:


Pastoral Counseling Courses

PSY 86517 Psychology of Aging

Credits : 3
This course will examine the aging population in a psychological perspective, concentrating on theory, research and developmental effects that occur throughout the various stages of aging, specifically in older adulthood. Focus will be on the biological, psychological, cognitive, perceptual, sociological and personality issues that the older population encounters. Concentration will on understanding and describing the optimization of the latter stages of the human lifespan, including what stays the same and what is gained during this phase of life.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Compare and contrast current research on alternative stage theories of adulthood and personality development
  • Distinguish the factors that contribute to accelerated sensory decline as individuals age
  • Speculate changes in cognitive functioning and creative performance associated with aging
  • Formulate legal, ethical and cultural-related factors that occur with aging
  • Discriminate the physical and socioemotional needs of the elderly
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology
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