M.Div. Emphasis – Pastoral Care
Pastoral care ministry cares for and counsels others in understanding their personal stories through a spiritual or religious lens. Coursework for this emphasis prepares students to address a range of difficult or challenging issues that confront people at all stages of life.
Students emerge from ESR with a sound, basic foundation in pastoral care that prepares them to pursue certification, through a one-year residency program, as a chaplain or member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
ABOUT THE PASTORAL CARE EMPHASIS
Pastoral care emphasis courses 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. In addition, Pastoral Care emphasis students are required to take one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education.
Students, prospective students and others interested in pastoral care should plan to attend the Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling Conference, held each year in Richmond at nearby Quaker Hill Conference Center.
Recent and upcoming Pastoral Care courses
|Year||Semester||Course Number||Course Name||Course Type|
|2021||January||PC 338-T||Bible and Pastoral Care||Two-week intensive|
|2020||Fall||PC 333||Human Sexuality||Residential|
|2020||Spring||PC 101-O||Introduction to Pastoral Care||Online|
|2019||Fall||PC 101||Introduction to Pastoral Care||Residential and blended|
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