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Online Graduate Certificate in
Spiritual Caregiving, Therapy & Mission

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Graduate Certificate in
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The Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Caregiving, Therapy & Mission offers chaplains, community ministry practitioners, community development managers, community outreach coordinators, pastoral staff members, and other missional leaders with the following capabilities:

    • ability to create democratic and generative spaces for theological reflection and understanding through interpersonal dynamics of adult learning
    • ability to develop spiritual development and soul-care plans that encourage participants in both their spiritual depth and missional practice
    • ability to increase capacity of spiritual caregiving to generate personal and social transformation
    • ability to develop and implement a customized plan of self-care that fosters an ongoing development and maturation of a strong faith in God
    • ability to integrate spirituality into the practice of group therapy
    • ability to address various aspects of the martial relationship and family systems and incorporate models of family and systemic interventions in marriage and family therapy

Spiritual care is that care which recognises and responds to the needs of the human spirit when faced with trauma, ill health or sadness and can include the need for meaning, for self worth, to express oneself, for faith support, perhaps for rites or prayer or ordinance/sacrament, or simply for a sensitive listener. Some people find meaning, comfort, hope, goodness and community through their religious practice, beliefs and/or community of faith. Some people do not. Regardless of whether religious faith is a part of a person's life, spiritual concerns, resources and needs can still be very important. Spiritual caregiving provides an opportunity for missional Christians to join in the mission of God who is at work in the lives of others. The Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Caregiving, Therapy & Mission equips students to provide spiritual, emotional and relational support to people who are seeking answers to what we call the "big" questions of life in the contexts of group therapy and marriage and family therapy.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Master's degree program

Course Effort

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Course Length

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Credits Required

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving serving spiritual needs in the mission of God.

The nature of theological education within the local missional community is examined. It explores and analyzes the intersection of communicative action, the relationality of the Triune God, and the interpersonal dynamic of adult learning, allowing the missional leader to create democratic and generative spaces for theological training.

Students will assess different approaches to integrating spirituality with missionality in current and past literature. They will explore various forms of spiritual development and soul-care that encourage participants in both their spiritual depth and missional practice. Students will experience creative spiritual practices and develop customized spiritual development plans for their missional context.

What does it mean to be a spiritual caregiver? How does one provide spiritual care in a world increasingly resistant to organized religion and institutional structures? This course engages what it means to be an instrument of Christ in a world with increasing meaninglessness and hopelessness. In this course, students will examine the biblical foundations of spiritual caregiving, the interpersonal development of spiritual caregivers, and the capacity of spiritual caregiving to generate personal and societal transformation. This foundational course prepares spiritual caregivers to go on towards a caregiving specialty.

In order to effectively care for others, the caregiver must also care for self. This course uses the concept of an ongoing development and maturation of a strong faith in God to explore multiple aspects of self-care for healthcare providers. Ample opportunities for developing and implementing a customized plan of self-care are included.

The course leads the student through an in-depth study of the tools necessary to integrate spirituality into the practice of group therapy. Upon completion the student will be professionally able to fully participate fully in psychological treatments an in-depth concentration on spirituality. The student will be a participant in a small group from week one through eight. Under the supervision of a licensed therapist, the student will lead a small group from weeks three through eight.

This course considers the dynamics of marriage and family relationships from a systems perspective. The emphasis is on understanding family and other systems theories, the structure and function of marriage from a theological perspective, various aspects of the martial relationship and family systems, and models of family and systemic interventions. Considerations from a historical and biblical perspective are presented along with current developments within marriage and family systemic models.

Optional Additional Courses

Spiritual caregiving and care receiving is often a rite of passage of and by elderly individuals. The context, culture, faith tradition and levels of health and wellness help define how these roles play out for each family and individual. Spiritual caregiving can aid in physical healing, easing spiritual and physical pain. Giving spiritual care is also part of the lifecycle stages of generativity and passing on important information and life goals. Understanding the nuances of spiritual care needs of elderly in a variety of settings is paramount in order to facilitate the transitions and hone skills applicable for all disciplines and walks of life.

This course examines the problem of mental illness. There will be an emphasis on analyzing various programs and approaches to people with mental illness. Students will evaluate spiritual programs that serve this population. There will be an introduction to spiritually-modified psychotherapies and how they may be used in this context. Those who take this course will examine various programs created by churches that serve this population.

In this course, students will examine the nature of terminal illness and the inevitability of death. Looking at the physical and spiritual dimensions of dying, students will develop a spiritual care philosophy and practice that will equip them to provide spiritual care to the dying.

This course will assist the student to develop an advanced understanding of how to provide spiritual caregiving in crises and disasters and it will equip them to support and/or participate in such ministry in either a professional or voluntary capacity. Emphasis will be placed on the various models of crisis intervention that are currently being practiced.

How does one apply the calling of spiritual caregiving to the unique world of healthcare? This course equips spiritual caregivers to apply their spiritual gifts towards the specific context of healthcare. Under examination are the challenges of ministering in a multi-faith context, developing one’s personal identity as a caregiver, and functioning in an interdisciplinary context with other healthcare professionals. Students will have opportunity to apply their learning to the specific area of healthcare to which they are called.

This course shall challenge the learners to critically think as they develop a complete verbatim that includes, 1) evaluating functioning as a minister, 2) developing theological reflections on encounters, and 3) developing plans in ministering to individuals, 4) key dynamics present in events, and 5) developing a spiritual assessment tool along with other points as well.

Provides an overview of a range of social problems and society's response to them through the social service delivery system and through Christian organizations. The problems and services described include: child abuse and neglect, drug and alcohol abuse, poverty, aging, mental health and illness, and corrections. Within this context, various career options and professional roles will be described, including that of social work. The course will provide readings related to Christianity and Social Work. The course will teach students how to provide clients with spiritual care along with meeting the physical and psychological needs of their clients.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.






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Chaplain, Chaplain-Pastoral Care, Chaplain-Spiritual Care Services, Community Life Coordinator, Coordinator of Pastoral Care, Director for Church Life and Pastoral Care, Director of Pastoral Care, Associate Director of Pastoral Care, Director of Spiritual Care, Director Pastoral Care, Family Support Coordinator, Manager of Pastoral Care, Manager of Pastoral Services, Manager of Spiritual Care, Pastor of Pastoral Care, Pastoral Administrator, Pastoral Associate for Congregational Care, Pastoral Associate for Congregational Life, Pastoral Care Coordinator, Pastoral Care Director, Pastoral Care Program Coordinator, Pastoral Counselor, Pastoral Member Care Specialist, Pastoral Services Supervisor, Spiritual Care Advisor, Spiritual Care Assistant, Spiritual Care Associate, Spiritual Care Chaplain, Spiritual Care Coordinator, Spiritual Care Director, Spiritual Care Lead, Spiritual Care Provider, Spiritual Coordinator, Spiritual Life Coordinator



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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.


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Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.