Academic Programs

Pastoral Care

Jim Higginbotham
James Higginbotham, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care

Studies in pastoral care equip students to offer care and counsel as they assist others in understanding their own stories through a religious or spiritual lens. Courses in this field include: Introduction to Pastoral Care; Human Sexuality in Ministry; Pastoral Care to the Dying and Their Families; Emergency Pastoral Care; Group Leadership; Anger, Guilt and Shame; and Pastoral Care with Family Systems. A unit of Clinical Pastoral Education is required for residential students who chose pastoral care as an emphasis. When pursuing a ministry in pastoral care, students receive the basic foundation for proceeding, upon graduation from ESR, into a one-year residency program that may lead to certification as a chaplain or member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Upcoming Courses

For up-to-date listings, see the Academic Services page.

2014 Fall PC 101 Introduction to Pastoral Care residential
2014 Fall PC 348-O Family Systems online
2015 Spring PC 101-O Introduction to Pastoral Care online
2015 Spring PC 368 Pastoral Care with Dying and Their Families residential

Pastoral Care Course Descriptions

Upcoming Conferences

2014 Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling Annual Conference, SAILING SHIFTING SEAS: Continuing our Work when our Faith and World Change, led by Philip Gulley and James Mulholland. Thursday, September 18 through Sunday, September 21.