Graduate Certificate in Catholic Pastoral Counseling for Mental Health Professionals


Graduate Certificate in Catholic Pastoral Counseling for Mental Health Professionals

Program Director
Dr. Gregory Popcak
gpopcak@holyapostles.edu

Become a Certified Catholic Pastoral Counselor (CCPC)  

Thirty-Four percent of Catholics in the US would prefer to receive counseling from a therapist who was knowledgeable about their faith and knew how to employ faith-based techniques in their clinical work. That’s almost 25 million potential consumers of mental health services whose needs are not being met by available community and church-based mental health resources.

If you are a faithful, practicing Catholic who is also either a professional psychologist, clinical social worker, counselor, marriage and family therapist or other state-licensed mental health professional, the Holy Apostles Graduate Certificate in Catholic Pastoral Counseling can help you meet this growing, unmet need for Catholic-integrated mental health services.

The Graduate Professional Certificate in Catholic Pastoral Counseling is an 18 credit, fully online, professional certificate program that will enable you to:

  • Confidently evaluate the spiritual dimensions of emotional, behavioral,  and relational problems.
  • Diagnose spiritual disorders and develop interventions that foster healthy spiritual and faith  development.
  • Develop effective, empirically-valid, faith-based interventions for emotional, behavioral, and  relational problems.
  • Employ Catholic-integrated mental health interventions in an ethical, systematic, and professional manner.
  • Identify as a Certified Catholic Pastoral Counselor (CCPC).
  • Enter the MA in Pastoral Studies/Pastoral Counseling with advanced standing.

Course of Study

  • PAS 683 Pastoral Counseling I: Spiritual Helping and Accompaniment
  • PAS 684 Pastoral Counseling II: Pastoral Diagnosis and Intervention
  • PAS 791 Morals and Psychology
  • PAS 785 Pastoral Issues with Human Sexuality
  • PAS 720 Nurturing the Domestic Church: Facilitating Authentic Marriage & Family Spirituality
  • PAS 621 Pastoral Care of Marriage and the Family

Coursework plan for this certificate may be found HERE.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • An applicant must possess at least a master’s degree in a mental health field.
  • An applicant must possess at least an entry-level license to practice in a mental health field.
  • An applicant must be a Catholic in good standing as determined by a letter of recommendation from his or her pastor or a Catholic priest.

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