Applied Pastoral Counseling

The Applied Pastoral Counseling emphasis enables students to develop critical skills that can be applied to a pastoral care setting. Learners engage in fundamental theories, concepts, and principles providing a basis for psychology. In addition, students learn how to integrate biblical principles with counseling and interviewing skills, as well as theoretical concepts. Learners may choose to pursue a master’s degree in counseling or psychology to obtain counseling licensure but desire a more Christian emphasis, or a Master in Divinity (M.Div.) for those interested in chaplaincy.

Career Opportunities: Ministry-related positions in organizations such as crisis pregnancy centers, Christian services for children and families, lay counseling ministries, and nonprofit, faith-based organizations.

This 15-unit emphasis may be paired with the following programs: B.A. in Applied Psychology, B.A. in Applied Studies, B.A. in Leadership, B.A. in Management, B.S. in Criminal Justice, B.S. in Health Sciences, and B.S. in Information Systems.

Coursework15 units
APSY 425
Crisis Counseling and Intervention
APSY 450
Family Systems
APSY 455
Conflict Management
APSY 460
APSY 470
Positive Psychology
Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.