Here are the knowledge, skill, and attitude objectives and the core curriculum for those who wish to pursue the full S.T.M. (32 credits) or a certificate (16 credits) in the area of Pastoral Care.
Knowledge, Skill, and Attitude Objectives
- The student gives clear evidence of understanding the various models used in professional counseling.
- The student gives clear evidence of understanding end of life issues and the application of that understanding in ministering to the dying and their families.
- The student displays a growing mastery in offering counsel to members struggling with addictions and various forms of mental illnesses, as well as growing in wisdom in regard to when and how to refer souls in his care to those with needed expertise.
- The student displays an understanding of the dynamics of families and marriages in crisis and how to apply law and gospel to them with clarity and compassion.
- The student gives clear evidence of understanding how to train gifted members to provide mercy ministry to others in need of such care.
- The student displays an understanding of the importance that the Body of Christ serves as a spiritual support system for its members.
- The student will give evidence of planning concrete ways to put to work the pastoral care insights he has gained with those he has been called to serve.
Regularly Repeating Core Courses
- Pastoral Psychology: A Collaborative Approach to Pastoral Care
- Turning Victims into Survivors: Counsel and Care for the Abused
- Ministering to Those Suffering from Addictions
- Mental Health Disorders: Support for Those Who Suffer
- Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage—A Pastoral Approach
- Medical Decisions and Dilemmas in End-of-Life Care