MS | Concentration in Pastoral Counseling

MS in Psychology with a Concentration in Pastoral Counseling

CalSouthern’s MS With an Emphasis on Pastoral Counseling: a Closer Look

With more and more churches developing lay counseling programs to serve the mental health needs of their congregations, clergy and lay people alike are looking to enhance their knowledge and expand their counseling skills. CalSouthern’s Master of Science (MS) in psychology with an emphasis in pastoral counseling is the perfect educational program to meet this growing need.

This online pastoral counseling degree supplements the core courses of CalSouthern’s MS program with courses offered in subjects such as the psychology of aging, death and dying, human sexuality, family systems, and other topics typically addressed in the pastoral counseling context.

Whether you’re looking to the MS with an emphasis on pastoral counseling to improve your counseling skills or as a stepping-stone to CalSouthern’s doctoral programs, you’ll be able to study on your own schedule, from home, and at your own pace. You can complete all of your coursework online—no classroom attendance is required—so you can work toward your online pastoral counseling degree without compromising your professional obligations or disrupting your family life.

At CalSouthern, you’ll benefit from a community of support. The entire School of Behavioral Sciences stands ready to provide all the tools and guidance you’ll need, from the faculty (which is comprised of gifted educators as well as experienced mental health professionals), to the administration, and university staff. A team of IT professionals can provide assistance with CalSouthern’s cutting-edge e-learning platform. You’ll even have ready access to a staff librarian who’s accredited by the American Library Association. It’s this community of support that sets CalSouthern apart from other online universities—and it’s something we take great pride in.

Pastoral Psychology Courses

PSY 86801 Therapeutic Boundaries

Credits : 3

This course addresses the legal and ethical dilemmas related to professional boundaries and dual relationships. Identification of boundary crossing and boundary violation in office practices and policies, personal disclosure, gift exchange and other potential boundary infringements, will be addressed. Dual relationships between therapist and client will focus on areas of sexual and non-sexual intimacy and other relationships where multiple roles may occur.

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
  • Analyze dual relationships in psychotherapy
  • Assess sexual and non-sexually exploitive relationships
  • Create treatment planning and record keeping practices in regard to boundary issues and dual relationships
  • Apply an understanding of culture and human diversity in regard to boundary crossing
  • Recognize when it is clinically advisable to cross boundaries
  • 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 emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
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