Christian Counseling Certificate


This fifteen credit graduate certificate provides coursework in some of the essential skills of a Christian counselor. This certificate program will equip the individual who is currently working in or planning to work in a church, church school or Christian agency setting. The intent is to train individuals to integrate faith when working with others, but to also know when to refer to a licensed mental health professional.

The Objectives of the Christian Counseling Certificate

  • To equip professionals with Christian counseling skills that can be integrated into their professional practice.
  • To support professionals in integrating Christian faith-based, scriptural principles in a holistic delivery approach of mental health services.
  • To provide boundaries to those working with individuals, but do not have the mental health background to provide comprehensive support.

Certificate Information

Pursuit of this graduate certificate requires a Master’s degree from an accredited University with a GPA of 3.0.  A CUW graduate counseling student must obtain approval from the CUW graduate counseling program director prior to using these courses as a part of the graduate counseling master’s degree.


Students must complete the three required courses and two electives in order to be eligible for the Christian Counseling Certificate.

Required Courses
COUN 6000Christian Care Giving3
COUN 6010Scripture and the Christian Counselor3
COUN 6020Christian Reconciliation3
Electives- choose two6
Ethics of the Christian Counselor
Social/Cultural Theological Foundations
Current Support Issues for Christian Pastors and Church Workers
Consultation Strategies within the Church
Models and Methods of Christian Family Counseling
Total Hours15