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The Certificate in Lay Counseling equips Christians to engage in pastoral care & counseling.
Students should be committed Christians pursuing or exploring Christian ministry. The six courses in this certificate are intended to foster a thoughtful, loving, Christ-centered approach to your ministry context.
The Certificate in Lay Counseling requires no ministry or seminary prequisites. However, you may elect to receive instead a “Certificate in Pastoral Counseling” by pairing this certificate with either the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM). The certificate and Master’s Degree may be completed in any order.
This certificate is not specifically designed to prepare you for a professional career in clinical counseling. CO-Specific courses may be applied to a Master of Arts in Counseling (MACO or MACC), but counseling programs have specific admissions requirements. Please reach out to our admissions team if your goal is to be prepared as a licensed clinical counselor.
Six courses (18 credits): 5 Required & 1 Elective
PC 511 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.
An introduction to pastoral self-awareness and relationship awareness and understanding relational health for the purpose of cultivating personal and professional relationships for ministry effectiveness and personal and corporate spiritual development.Course description pending.
CO 540 covers the theological ground for helping relationships, counseling theories and application for helping relationships, including skills in listening, attending, and empathy needed in consultation and bringing about change.
CO 614 reviews major theories of family systems development and emphasizes a critical analysis of these theories from an orthodox Christian perspective.
CO 712 provides a foundation for engaging issues of race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and disability status within a counseling context.
CO 610 — Lifespan Development
CO 625 — Crisis & Trauma Counseling
CO 671 — Suicide Prevention for Professional Caregivers
CO 718 — Group Counseling
CO 725 — Counseling Adolescents
CO 750 — Counseling for Crisis & Addictions
The Certificate in Lay Counseling provides a foundation for further study through Gordon-Conwell. These six courses fulfill just over one-third of the 16 classes (48 hours) required for the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM). You may wish to consider combining the Certificate in Christian Studies with the Certificate in Lay Counseling to build toward the MACM.
The Certificate in Lay Counseling applies a $450 scholarship to every course.
Note: Service fees will be charged as follows for each semester/summer session in which a student registers for courses, regardless of student status or credit hours or registration type.
|Summer I, II, III||$100 (per session)|
|Semlink (online courses only)||$150 per course|
(We have simplified our application to get you started quickly with a graduate certificate.)
Provide Undergraduate Credentials (GPA & Transcript)
A bachelor’s degree is required* for admission into both a graduate certificate and master’s degree program. You will be asked to self report your undergraduate GPA. You will be accepted provisionally pending receipt of an official transcript, which must be received before completing your first full course. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will also be asked to supply a personal reference.
You will be asked to provide a brief statement (approximately 250 words) why you desire to complete a certificate and how your studies will benefit your present or future ministry.
In order to operate as a community, all faculty, staff, and students are required to affirm and abide by our community life statement. You will be asked to assent to our statement as part of your application.
Someone from our friendly admissions team would be happy to reach out to you.