Spiritual Wellness and Counseling (SWC) Certificate

The certificate program in Spiritual Wellness & Counseling (SWC) is a five-course, fifteen-semester-hour program offered in partnership with the Counseling Department. The certificate program in Spiritual Wellness and Counseling can be taken for credit, non-credit, or continuing education credit. It is specifically designed for pastoral care professionals, mental health professionals, and medical professionals. The program brings together these professionals to broaden their understanding of the helping process, and to ensure they have a more nuanced understanding of spirituality, counseling, and the complexity of the whole person.

The certificate program helps students enhance their knowledge and abilities to:

  • Respond appropriately to individuals who express mental health and/or spiritual concerns.
  • Assist those who desire to integrate their spiritual perspective with their psychotherapeutic or medical treatment.
  • Discern when referral to another professional is needed and how to locate an appropriate professional for the referral.

The program also helps pastoral care, mental health, and medical professionals develop the skills needed to collaborate to best serve the interests of those they are endeavoring to assist.

SWC Admission Criteria

  • For applicants without a master’s degree, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75.
  • Official transcripts for highest degree earned.
  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably one academic and one professional).
  • Interview with the program coordinator.
  • Admission interview.

SWC Program Requirements

The SWC program consists of a sequence of five required courses:

Spirit and Psyche

CG 582SPIRIT & PSYCHE

0 to 3

or

TRS 582SPIRIT & PSYCHE

3

Tradition and Theory

CG 583TRADITION & THEORY

0 to 3

or

TRS 583TRADITION & THEORY

3

Holiness and Wholeness

CG 584HOLINESS & WHOLENESS

0 to 3

or

TRS 584HOLINESS & WHOLENESS

3

Enlightened Self-Centering

CG 585ENLIGHTENED SELF-CENTERING

0 to 3

or

TRS 585ENLIGHTENED SELF-CENTERING

3

Encountering Each Other

CG 586ENCOUNTERING EACH OTHER

0 to 3

or

TRS 586ENCOUNTERING EACH OTHER

3

Six credits from the Spiritual Wellness and Counseling Certificate Program may be applied to the M.A. in Theology & Religious Studies.