Graduates of the Pastoral Counseling Training Program may be eligible for advanced standing in this D.Min. Program Candidates with extensive similar training may also be eligible and are requested to present a detailed description of this training along with their application. Decisions regarding advanced standing are made by the HUC-JIR Graduate Studies Committee in consultation with the Co-Directors of Pastoral Counseling Training.
The program does not require candidates to undertake personal psychotherapy. Nevertheless, candidates are advised that this is an ideal way to complement clinical training and that the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) invariably expects some form of personal therapy on the part of candidates seeking national membership.
HUC-JIR faculty present 4 seminars exploring the contributions of religious text and tradition as they inform responses to particular client needs as well as the candidate's overall approach to ministry. HUC-JIR courses in the theology of pastoral care, personal faith development, and pastoral liturgy are included in this component.
During the summer between the first and second years, students develop a proposal for a demonstration project in consultation with their faculty advisor. This demonstration project is one in which the critical, integrative method of course work is brought to bear on an actual clinical problem or need in the student's ministry setting. Demonstration Project
The Doctor of Ministry degree is awarded to students after they have developed necessary pastoral counseling skills and participated in interfaith studies in worship and ritual, theology, spiritual guidance, and psycho-pathology. The students also complete a demonstration project that integrates counseling and spiritual development skills.
Project topics are chosen by students from the entire range of pastoral care duties and are based on their own interests, needs, and experiences. Past Doctor of Ministry demonstration projects have focused on:
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