This certification is for ordained pastors or licensed ministers who wish to become more effective as counselors in their current job or serve as a church staff counselor. Please note that for this certification you must be an ordained or licensed pastor and that because of this you may be able to obtain counseling liability insurance as a pastoral counselor which may make it possible for you to charge fees for your counseling without a degree.
Almost all counseling requires a secular state license as a psychologist, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, or addictions counselor. However, most states and countries also exempt pastoral and Christian counseling if it is done by a Pastor, licensed minister or as an official program of a church (or sometimes even a non-profit agency.) Charging fees for counseling necessitates obtaining liability insurance. In order to obtain professional liability insurance most insurance carriers will require proof you are ordained, a licensed minister. or have a degree in a mental health field. If you do not intend to charge a fee for your counselling, you can cover your counseling under your general church liability policy
STEPS TO COMPLETE YOUR PASTORAL COUNSELING CERTIFICATION
1. Purchase the correct certification package below and read the text books.
2. Attend each required course in residence, by watching the videos on a flash drive or on the class webpage. After completion, each assignment should be sent via E-mail to email@example.com for grading. If you have not already received it, your final examination for the class will be sent to you when your last paper for that course is graded. Complete the final exam by underlining the correct answers and return it.
Select the hyperlink below for the course syllabuses, course requirements, and E-school videos.
3. When the first three courses are satisfactorily completed, you will be enrolled in a counseling practicum where you will be required to complete at least 30 hours of face-to-face counseling with the supervision of one of our qualified counselors by submitting your session notes by E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (being careful to ensure client confidentiality).
You will also need to submit one video of your counseling sessions so that we are able to verify your competency as a counselor.
4. After you compete this supervised counseling you will receive a certificate signed by Dr. Reiner verifying that you have completed the required training and supervision, and are now certified as a pastoral counselor.
Add the Wichita, Kansas Residence Counseling Training and Certification package (5 courses, resident practicum supervision and 5 books) to your shopping cart for $400.
Add the flash drive Home Study Counseling Training and Certification package (5 Courses, Practicum, 5 books, flash drive videos, and E-mail supervision) to your shopping cart for $750.