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 Certified Pastoral Counselors

Complete Pastoral Training for The Marketplace

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Biblical Concepts of Christian Counseling:

 

Isaiah 9:6 is a scripture that reads, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace"

This verse is a prophecy about the coming of Jesus Christ, who is referred to as a "Wonderful Counselor". The word "wonderful" in this context means "full of wonder" or "marvelous," while "counselor" refers to someone who gives wise advice or guidance. Jesus is described as a wise counselor who is qualified in ways that no human counselor is, as He knows what is

in each person and is able to advise His people thoroughly.

As our Wonderful Counselor, we can trust Jesus to listen to our problems and guide us in the right direction In the Bible, Jesus is described as a Wonderful Counselor. This title is mentioned in Isaiah 9:6, which prophesies about the coming of Jesus Christ. The term "Wonderful Counselor" signifies that Jesus is an extraordinary and marvelous advisor.

 

Here's how Jesus is described as a counselor in the Bible:

 

  1. Jesus provides wise counsel: As the Wonderful Counselor, Jesus offers guidance and advice that surpasses human understanding. He has perfect wisdom and knowledge.

  2. Jesus understands our needs: Being fully God and fully human, Jesus empathizes with our struggles and knows what is in our hearts. He can relate to our experiences and offer counsel tailored to our specific situations.

  3. Jesus gives peace: As the Prince of Peace, Jesus brings inner peace to  

     those who seek His counsel. He offers comfort, assurance, and a sense

     of calm amidst life's challenges.

  4. Jesus intercedes for us: Jesus not only provides counsel but also intercedes

     on our behalf. He prays for us and advocates for us before God.

  5. Jesus' counsel is powerful: Jesus' counsel is not just words; it is accompanied

     by the power to bring about successful resolutions to our problems.
 

Overall, Jesus is described as a Wonderful Counselor because He offers divine wisdom, understands our needs, brings peace, intercedes for us, and provides powerful counsel. We can trust in His guidance and seek His counsel in all aspects of our lives

 

  1. Freedom of Religion: The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion, allowing religious organizations to practice their beliefs and provide counseling services to their members.

  2. Clergy-Penitent Privilege: This privilege protects confidential communications between a member of the clergy and an individual seeking spiritual guidance or counseling. This privilege allows pastoral counselors to provide a safe and confidential environment for individuals to express their concerns and seek guidance.

  3. Religious Exemption: Some states have laws that exempt pastoral   counselors from licensing requirements, allowing  them to provide counseling services without a license. These exemptions are based on the belief that pastoral counseling is  a religious practice and not a form of mental health treatment.

 

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Requirements

 
CPE Program

 

  • Demonstrate Pastoral Leadership

  • Demonstrate Skills /Acumen

  • Required Clinical Experience CPE

  • Attend Life Skills Training Classes

  • Attend Anger Management Classes

  • Attend Pastoral Counseling Classes

  • Ordination and Ministers License

  • Consent to a Background Check

  • Pastoral Educational Background

  • Professional Liability Insurance

  • Associate Membership in IACPC

Accredited Certifications
CEUs and CPEs


Relationship Management
Pre-marital Counseling
Marriage Counseling
Family Counseling

Youth Counseling
Stress Management

Pastoral Counseling

Parenting & Co-Parenting

Life Skills Management

Theft Intervention & Prevention

Cultural Bias & Sensitivity

Trauma Informed

First Responder in Emergencies

Law & Citizenship Engagement
 

Pastoral Counseling

CPE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

We are pleased to offer a Pastoral Counseling Certificate program designed specifically for pastors seeking to enhance their counseling skills and credentials. This program provides a comprehensive study of pastoral counseling, equipping pastors with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide effective support and guidance to individuals and families in need.

Key Program Details:

Study Hours: The program consists of 40 hours of dedicated study, covering various aspects of pastoral counseling. 

 

Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, pastors will receive a Pastoral Counseling Certificate, recognizing their specialized training in this field.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): The certificate program offers a 2 day CEU re-training at 450.00. This Certification can be applied towards the Clinical Pastoral Education.) credentials. 

Pastoral Care

Counseling Techniques

Family Counseling

Children/Youth Counseling

Premarital Counseling

Stress Management

Parenting/Family Counseling

Domestic Violence

Trauma-Informed Care

Biblical Counseling

Christian Counseling

Solution-Focused Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Person-Centered Therapy

Human Development

Pastoral Ethics

Worldview Approach

Integrated Counseling

Sexual Abuse Counseling

 Pastoral Counseling

Legal and Ethical Issues

Liability Issues

Mental Health Treatment

Graduate-Level Training

CPE QUALIFICATIONS
Pastoral Training Certification can increase job viability for ordained pastors or licensed ministers who wish to become more effective as counselors in their current job or serve as a church counselor. Training and education are available for those who wish to practice pastoral counseling in various formats.
To become certified, the perspective counselors must meet the requirements of IACPC, and receive graduate-level training in both theology and psychology. Certified Pastoral Counselors will be trained and must have degrees with their experience and training.

The International Association of Certified Pastoral Counselors (IACPC) is a Christian faith-based association that issues the Pastoral Counselor Certification. In order to be certified, counselors also need to show that they are active in their religious community on a local level and have served at least 10 years in a pastoral counseling setting. The certification process can increase job viability for pastoral counselors, as it demonstrates a level of expertise and commitment to the field.

In addition to the Pastoral Counselor Certification, there are other certifications available for pastors, such as Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program. We help Pastors gain the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively serve as counselors in their current job or as church counselors to their own congregation.


 

Course Introductions for the areas of Pastoral Counseling

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the field of pastoral counseling, focusing on a solution-based model for short-term counseling. Students will learn facilitation skills, cognitive behavioral approaches, and biblical teaching to effectively counsel individuals in need. The course emphasizes the importance of equipping leaders in ministry for counseling. It ensures efficiency and effective pastoral counseling.

Counseling Under Religious Freedom

Accreditation: The International Association of Certified Pastoral Counselors (IACPC) is an accrediting body that provides certification for pastoral counselors. This certification recognizes the specialized training and education that pastoral counselors will receive and allows them to provide counseling services to individuals both inside and outside of their religious organization.

  1. Freedom of Religion: The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion, allowing religious organizations to practice their beliefs and provide counseling services to their members.

  2. Clergy-Penitent Privilege: This privilege protects confidential communications between a member of the clergy and an individual seeking spiritual guidance or counseling. This privilege allows pastoral counselors to provide a safe and confidential environment for individuals to express their concerns and seek guidance.

  3. Religious Exemption: Some states have laws that exempt pastoral counselors from licensing requirements, allowing them to provide counseling services without a license. These exemptions are based on the belief that pastoral counseling is a religious practice and not a form of mental health treatment.

Pastoral Counseling Certificate CPE

We are pleased to offer a Pastoral Counseling Certificate program designed specifically for pastors seeking to enhance their counseling skills and credentials. This program provides a comprehensive study of pastoral counseling, equipping pastors with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide effective support and guidance to individuals and families in need.

 

Key Program Details

Study Hours: The program consists of 40 hours of dedicated study, covering various aspects of pastoral counseling.

Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, pastors will receive a Pastoral Counseling Certificate, recognizing their specialized training in this field.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): The certificate program offers a 3 day CEU re-training at 445.00. This Certification can be applied towards the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) credentials. 

Course Topics:

  1. Introduction to Pastoral Counseling: An overview of the principles and foundations of pastoral counseling.

  2. Counseling Techniques: Exploring various counseling approaches and techniques within a pastoral context.

  3. Family Counseling: Understanding the dynamics of family systems and developing skills to provide effective family counseling.

  4. Children and Youth Counseling: Equipping pastors with the knowledge and techniques to counsel children and youth.

  5. Premarital Counseling: Providing guidance and support to couples preparing for marriage.

  6. Stress Management: Strategies for helping individuals manage stress and promote holistic well-being.

  7. Parenting and Family Counseling: Addressing common parenting challenges and promoting healthy family dynamics.

  8. Domestic Violence: Sensitively addressing the issue of domestic violence and providing support to those affected by it.

 

Our program draws from reputable institutions and incorporates the

best practices in pastoral counseling. It aims to equip pastors with the necessary tools to provide compassionate and effective counseling within their ministry. We believe that this certification will enhance

your pastoral skills and enable you to make a positive impact on the lives of those you serve.

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