The American Association of Pastoral Counselors has several designations. One of its certifications is Pastoral Care Specialist. The Pastoral Institute is approved to offer this 50-hour training for pastors and providers of pastoral care.
The teaching component is twenty hours. This includes lectures and group discussion on various issues related to pastoral care. The small group experience of case conferences, consultation, and support covers the remaining thirty hours. Much of the group session is based on specific areas of ministry identified by the participants from their areas of service.
The Pastoral Care Specialist Program is typically offered on a one day a month schedule. It is usually offered from September through May every other year. To inquire further, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-649-6360 ext.1306.