A masters is awarded to students who have completed postgraduate level study in a specific field of study or area of professional practice while demonstrating a high level of mastery during the process.
Pastoral care programs are a good way for students to prepare for a career as a minister, chaplain, social worker, counselor, or advisor. This field often contains a religious component and teaches how to help spiritually and emotionally.
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The mission of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling/Pastoral Theology is to prepare pastoral leaders for effective ministry broadly defined that is theologically informed, compassionately practiced, and holistically employed in the field of Pastoral Care and Counseling/Pastoral Theology. [+]
The mission of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling/Pastoral Theology is to prepare pastoral leaders for effective ministry broadly defined that is theologically informed, compassionately practiced, and holistically employed in the field of Pastoral Care and Counseling/Pastoral Theology.
This program of study is intended for:persons who are ordained ministers in churches that do not require the M.Div. degree who wish to pursue theological study for the enrichment of their ministry; persons in non-church-related vocations (e.g., secondary school teacher, counselor, writer) for whom graduate study in the humanities may be particularly helpful or enriching; persons who, for reasons of professional specialization, wish to combine a professional degree (e.g., the Master of Library Science or the Master of Social Work) with a theological degree; persons who have already completed the M.Div. degree but desire further in-depth theological study in Pastoral Care and Counseling/Pastoral Theology; persons who, with or without an M.Div. degree, wish to prepare to enter a Ph.D. program in the theological discipline of Pastoral Care and Counseling/Pastoral Theology, or in some other related field within the humanities Overall, the M.A. concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling can serve as an excellent path of study for person who 1) work in a supportive role within the life of the congregation, 2) who desire a career in pastoral counseling in a non-profit community agency, or 3) who envision chaplaincy (health care, corrections, military, or community) as an expression of their call to ministry. ... [-]
This degree seeks to Prepare students to ethically counsel individuals, couples, and families from a systemic perspective; [+]
This degree seeks to:Prepare students to ethically counsel individuals, couples, and families from a systemic perspective; Equip students with self-awareness, global-awareness, and spiritual-awareness in order to prepare them to become effective clinicians; Prepare students to read, interpret, and conduct empirically based research; and Provide students with adequate understanding of various aspects of the mental health field including various levels of care. Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to:Integrate empirically-based systemic treatment methods with a Christian worldview; Develop an ethical and legal understanding of the counseling field of practice; Develop the skills necessary to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, married couples, and families from a diverse background with a wide range of presenting problems; Critically analyze counseling theories from a biblical worldview. ... [-]