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Master of Arts

The Pastoral Care and Counseling Concentration is designed for those ministers who are called to a counseling ministry.  The program is not designed to qualify the graduate to work as a licensed counselor.  Completion of the “Pastoral Care and Counseling” concentration verifies successful completion of the courses required to earn the concentration and does not constitute a certificate or license that is required under Ohio law of any other state law to engage in the practice of professional counseling.

Concentration Course List

PCC6000 Methods of Pastoral Counseling 3 credits 6 weeks

This course bridges the gap between theory and application by confronting the learner with challenges of practical counseling methodologies. Emphasis will be placed on the counseling process of relational, assessment, goal setting, intervention, and termination stages.

PCC6200 Ethical and Legal Issues in Pastoral Counseling 3 credits 6 weeks

This course examines the highest ethical standards required for persons in counseling professions. Various ethical codes and landmark court cases will be discussed to help shape the student’s thought process.

PCC6400 Spiritual Issues in Pastoral Counseling 3 credits 6 weeks

This course integrates a Christian worldview, Scripture, and theological reflection into the pastoral counseling process.  Participants will be challenged to think critically about the counselee’s belief system as well as their own, in the light of the Gospel, and how it contributes to wholeness and healthy functioning.

PCC6600 Pastoral Intervention in Crisis 3 credits 6 weeks

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the dynamics of crisis intervention. Several types of crises common to humanity will be considered along with models of appropriate pastoral intervention. The student will learn to relate biblical truth to the spiritual challenges that occur during a time of crisis and apply pastoral care skills appropriate to various situations. Processes for ministering to those experiencing crisis will also be examined.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should meet the following admissions criteria:

  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university accredited by a re-gional accrediting body or the ABHE verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Ohio Christian University.
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution.

Any applicant not meeting the above-stated requirements may petition for consideration.