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 86509 Psychology of Marriage and Family Systems

Credits : 3

This course covers assessment, diagnosis, and intervention strategies for individuals, couples, families, and children according to the systemic and evidence-based application of psychodynamic, humanistic, communication, experiential, cognitive behavioral, and integrative models. It examines couple and family relationship systems and focuses on communicative, structural, emotional and behavioral patterns and the assessment of normal and dysfunctional patterns. Ethical issues and multicultural perspectives will also be considered.

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
  • Identify the major theories of couple and family therapy
  • Propose research on evidence based interventions
  • Construct treatment plans integrating theoretical perspectives
  • Consider issues of culture and human diversity
  • Illustrate an understanding of legal and ethical issues
  • 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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