Certificate of Graduate Study in Pastoral Counseling

The Certificate in Pastoral Counseling is designed for individuals who do not seek to enter the counseling profession but who could benefit from training in counseling. This might include (but is not limited to) professionals in careers such as ministry, education, social work, educators or health care.

The 15-hour curriculum acquaints students with basic knowledge about counseling theories and techniques.  While the certificate is tailored towards a "Pastoral" curriculum, we do allow for two of the classes to be switched out.  The required courses are listed below:

For descriptions of each of these courses, click here.http://www.lipscomb.edu/psychology/Certificate-Course-Descriptions
If you'd like to download a copy of the graduate catalog, click here.

Required courses (15 hours): 

  • COUN 5103    Theories of Counseling and Personality
  • COUN 6153    Marriage and Family Counseling
  • COUN 6003    Grief and Crisis Counseling
  • GB 5653         Counseling for Church Leaders*
  • ICM 5063        Conflict Management in Religious Settings*

*These classes may be substituted for a different Graduate Psychology or Counseling listed below

Electives (6 hours):  

  • COUN 5903    Introduction to Counseling Skills
  • COUN 6053    Multicultural Issues in Counseling
  • COUN 6103    Group Dynamics and Group Counseling
  • COUN 6203    Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • COUN 5203    Introduction to Psychopathology and Adaptive Behavior
  • COUN 6303    Substance Abuse Counseling