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.

Recent and Upcoming Courses

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

2015 Fall PC 101 Introduction to Pastoral Care residential
2016 January PC 348-T Bible & Pastoral Care two-week intenstive
2016 Spring PC 101-O Introduction to Pastoral Care on-line
2016 Spring PC 333 Human Sexuality and Ministry residential
2016 May PC  258-T Anger, Guilt and Shame two-week intenstive

Pastoral Care Course Descriptions

Recent and Upcoming Conferences

2015 Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling Annual Conference, Prayer and Connection: A Practice Retreat, The retreat schedule will include daily sessions on prayer with exercises from the book, "Finding God in the Verbs: Crafting a New Language of Prayer," as well as QPCC's amazing small groups and ample time for recharging/reconnecting with F/friends, God, and yourself. Massage, yoga, aromatherapy, centering prayer, time in nature, and other self-care opportunities are all on the menu.