Purpose

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.

Curriculum for the Christian Counseling Certificate

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

Required Courses
COUN 545Christian Care Giving3
COUN 544Scripture & Christian Counselo3
COUN 546Christian Reconciliation3
Electives
COUN 510Christian Persp Psychphrmclgy3
COUN 523Ind Counsl frm Christian Persp3
COUN 528Christian Persp Family Dev3
COUN 522Ethics of Christian Counselor3
COUN 553Social/Cultural Theolgcl Found3
COUN 563Cur Topics Pastors & Church Wk3
COUN 565Consult Strat within Church3
COUN 577Mod & Meth Christian Fam Couns3
COUN 578Christian Trauma Counseling3

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.