Introduction to Pastoral Counseling is designed to equip individuals in a variety of ministry and church settings to offer effective, short-term counseling and basic care from an integrative, pastoral perspective. Themes will include: theoretical approaches to pastoral counseling, the development of a personalized approach to pastoral counseling, the role of a pastoral counselor, pastoral counseling ethics, multicultural competence in pastoral counseling, and self-care.
This course is designed with the assumption that students are active participants in the learning process. Students are expected not only to participate in discussions, but also to take an active part in designing their own learning experience through the selection of topics to focus on in a range of assignments related to the learning objectives. This course is designed to value critical thinking, courteous dialogue, theological reflection, openness of expression, empathy toward others, and honest interaction.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
The following tuition rates are for new students enrolling (without a declared degree) in one of our online courses.
*Tuition rates for students enrolled in a declared degree program may vary by campus. See tuition & fees for more information.
Best for: Personal Enrichment
Participation: Auditors are restricted to non-participating member status in classes. In other words, auditors may not:
Credit/Grading: Auditors do not receive graduate credit nor a grade. Your Gordon-Conwell transcripts will note "AU" in place of a grade reflecting that you audited a course.
Best for: Students who desire structured feedback or anticipate enrolling in a future degree program.
Participation: Special Non-Degree Students are fully enrolled students expected to participate in all elements of a course as outlined in the course syllabus.
Credit/Grading: Your Gordon-Conwell transcript will reflect a letter grade, and course credit may be applied toward a future degree program. If you are new to graduate-level coursework and nervous about grading, you may elect to take the course for Pass/Fail. Rather than receive a grade, your transcript will only reflect whether or not you received a passing grade. Degree programs allow a limited number of pass/fail courses.