Program Overview

Amridge University offers a Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling for students and workers in church organizations who want to develop their foundations in pastoral counseling theory, scientific research, and clinical practice and learn the different approaches and clinical techniques required for practitioners offering therapeutic services to individuals and groups. Students will be prepared to do counseling through their ministry and will be prepared to move on to advanced studies in related fields.

The program consists of classroom courses that emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and other real-world examples in education that will be applicable on the job. Those classes include ethics and professional identity, an introduction to pastoral counseling, theories of counseling and psychotherapy, human sexual development, marriage and family development, social and multicultural diversity, psychology of religion, basic counseling techniques and helping relationships, interpersonal family and group dynamics, marital and family systems, research and evaluation, ministerial counseling with children and adolescents, advanced therapy, professional ethics and the law, community and social systems, theories of marriage and family therapy, theories of personality development, counseling for abusive relationships, psychology of grief, death, and dying, lifestyle and career development, and psychopathology and psychopharmacology.

Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to have earned their degree. The qualifications demonstrate that the student has been able to apply the principles they learned in the program into their development as a functional and affective professional in their field. These qualifications include the ability to demonstrate learned foundations of psychological theory used in pastoral counseling, to demonstrate learned clinical techniques required for practitioners in pastoral counseling, to be prepared to move to higher level of studies in counseling, to be prepared to apply as a member of the American association of pastoral counselors, and to demonstrate the knowledge to do counseling in the Christian community.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Amridge University is a private, non-profit university that is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Amridge University was founded in 1967, in Montgomery, AL and was originally known as the Alabama Christian School of Religion. Throughout its history, Amridge University has primarily served as a theological seminary, training ministers in Bible and Christian counseling, but has expanded its educational programs over the years and now offers additional degrees, all of which are taught from a Christian perspective. Amridge’s Turner School of Theology is a central part of the university and offers all levels of degrees in ministry and theology.

    Primarily a distance learning university offering all of its programs online, Amridge University also offers classes at its 9-acre campus, located in Montgomery, Alabama. The Amridge campus consists of a single structure, known as the Morgan W. Brown Building that contains the universities classrooms, library and administrative offices. Satellite campuses exist in Nashville, Tennesee, and Phoenix, Arizona. 

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