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 87533 Psychology of Death and Dying

Credits : 3

This course explores all aspects of the process of loss and death. The focus of study includes attitudes toward death, both historical and current, incorporated into theory and practice, as well as integrated into the human experience. Learners will explore multicultural beliefs and rituals surrounding dying, death, and bereavement.

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
  • Explore community resources for dealing with terminal illnesses, death and the survivors
  • Integrate task-based approaches for individuals and families coping with dying and death
  • Examine research on major aspects of dying and the grieving process
  • Differentiate how attitudes toward death have changed over time
  • Compare multicultural customs and rituals of death and dying
  • Discriminate the legal and ethical aspects of dying
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Evaluate, incorporate and demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
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